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Adding storage systems or clusters

Before you use System Manager to manage your storage systems and clusters, you have to add them to the application. You can also add storage systems that are in an HA configuration.

Before you begin

About this task

If you are adding one of the storage systems from an HA pair, the partner node is automatically added to the list of managed systems. If the partner node in an HA pair is down, you can add the working storage node.


  1. From the home page, click Add.
  2. Type the fully qualified DNS host name or the IPv4 address of the storage system or cluster.
    You can specify the IPv6 address of the storage system if you are adding a system that is running a supported version of Data ONTAP operating in 7-Mode.
    If you are adding a cluster, you must enter the IP address of the cluster-management LIF.
  3. Click the More arrow.
  4. Select the method for discovering and adding the storage system or cluster:
    • SNMP

      You must specify the SNMP community and SNMP version (SNMPv1 or SNMPv2).

      Although you can use SNMP to communicate with the nodes, you must provide the controller credentials to manage these nodes.

    • Credentials

      You must specify the Data ONTAP credentials (user name and password) of the storage object that you are adding to System Manager.

      You can use SNMP to communicate with the nodes. However, controller credentials are required for managing the nodes.

  5. Click Add.


The storage system that you have added is displayed in the home page.