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NetApp SANtricity Plug-in for VMware vCenter


NetApp E-Series Plug-in for VMware vCenter


Comprehensive management of NetApp E-Series Storage Systems from within VMware vSphere Client


The NetApp® E-Series Plug-in for VMware® vCenter® is a VMware vCenter Server Plug-in that provides integrated management of NetApp E-series storage arrays from within a vSphere Client. The vSphere Client is a single management interface that you can use to manage the VMware infrastructure and all of your day-to-day storage needs. You do not need to learn another management tool, so you can focus instead on the entire virtual infrastructure.


Note: The NetApp Plug-in is not a direct replacement for the NetApp ES Storage Manager software, which is still required for performing certain storage administration tasks.


The NetApp Plug-in enables you to perform the following tasks:

  • Configure ESX and ESXi hosts to NetApp E-Series storage arrays.
  • Create and delete volumes.
  • Map volumes from the NetApp E-Series storage arrays to the ESX host.
  • View the vCenter datastores to NetApp E-Series volumes.


You can create hardware snapshots, volume copies, and synchronous mirroring when these premium features are enabled on the storage array. The NetApp Plug-in uses an application server to facilitate the interface between the vSphere Client and the NetApp E-Series storage based on the authenticated logged-in user and the privileges assigned to that user's role.


The NetApp Plug-in requires that a VMware vCenter Server is installed within the environment. The NetApp Plug-in does not function in a configuration with only a vSphere Client and an ESX host configuration.



The following NetApp Plug-in features enable the integrated management of NetApp E-Series storage arrays:

  • Storage array information
  • Storage array organization
  • Automatic and manual storage array configuration backup
  • Storage provisioning and volume mapping
  • Copy services management
  • Remote Volume Mirroring
  • Datastores to volume details
  • ESX/ESXi host configuration


Important Links:

Download the plug-in from the NetApp Support Site (NSS) for Windows

Download the plug-in from the NetApp Support Site (NSS) for Linux

Download Installation Guide and other important documents

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