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SnapCenter Software 5.0

Set up credentials for SnapCenter Plug-in for Windows

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SnapCenter uses credentials to authenticate users for SnapCenter operations. You should create credentials for installing the plug-in package and additional credentials for performing data protection operations on databases.

About this task

You must set up credentials for installing plug-ins on Windows hosts. Although you can create credentials for Windows after deploying hosts and installing plug-ins, the best practice is to create credentials after you add SVMs, before you deploy hosts and install plug-ins.

Set up the credentials with administrator privileges, including administrator rights on the remote host.

If you set up credentials for individual resource groups and the username does not have full admin privileges, you must assign at least the resource group and backup privileges to the username.

  1. In the left navigation pane, click Settings.

  2. In the Settings page, click Credential.

  3. Click New.

    The Credential window is displayed.

  4. In the Credential page, do the following:

    For this field…​ Do this…​

    Credential name

    Enter a name for the credential.


    Enter the user name used for authentication.

    • Domain administrator or any member of the administrator group

      Specify the domain administrator or any member of the administrator group on the system on which you are installing the SnapCenter plug-in. Valid formats for the Username field are:

      • NetBIOS\UserName

      • Domain FQDN\UserName

    • Local administrator (for workgroups only)

      For systems that belong to a workgroup, specify the built-in local administrator on the system on which you are installing the SnapCenter plug-in. You can specify a local user account that belongs to the local administrators group if the user account has elevated privileges or the User Access control feature is disabled on the host system. The valid format for the Username field is: UserName


    Enter the password used for authentication.


    Select Windows as the authentication mode.

  5. Click OK.