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Delegating administration to SVM administrators

After setting up a functional Storage Virtual Machine (SVM) or SVMs with basic network configuration, you can optionally delegate the administration of the SVM to SVM administrators.

About this task

SVM administrators cannot use System Manager to manage delegated SVMs. You can only manage them by using the command-line interface (CLI).


  1. In the Administrator Details section, set up a password for the vsadmin user account.
  2. If you want a dedicated LIF for SVM management, select Create a LIF for SVM management, and then specify the network details.
    A dedicated SVM management LIF is required for SAN protocols, where data and management protocols cannot share the same LIF. SVM management LIFs can be created only on data ports.
  3. Specify the network details, including the subnet details, to create iSCSI LIFs by choosing one of the following:
    • Select the subnet from which the IP address will be assigned automatically to the interface.
    • Select Use a specific IP Address, and then type the IP address.
    The IP address you specify will be added to the subnet if it is not already present in the subnet range.
  4. Specify a port to create a data LIF:
    1. Click Browse.
    2. Select a port from the Select Network Port or Adapter dialog box.
    3. Click OK.


The vsadmin account is unlocked and configured with the password.

The default access methods for the vsadmin account are Data ONTAP API (ontapi) and SSH (ssh). The SVM administrator can log in to the storage system using the management IP address.

After you finish

You must assign aggregates to the SVM by using the Edit Storage Virtual Machine dialog box.
Note: If the SVM does not have any assigned aggregates, the SVM administrator cannot create volumes.