SnapDrive application Introduction, Installation and configuration – Part-1

SnapDrive Installation

SnapDrive Installation

Netapp snapdrive automate storage provisioning tasks. Back up and restore business-critical data in seconds with integrated NetApp Snapshot technology. Add more storage as needed to your physical and virtual environments and eliminate the need to preallocate storage resources based on forecasted demand.


  • Provides continuous data access across frameworks
  • Enables server administrators to self-manage data
  • Improves efficiency by automating provisioning
  • Leverages the advanced capabilities of the NetApp clustered Data ONTAP operating system
  • Enhances data reliability through rapid file system- and application-consistent backup and restore functions and disaster recovery

SnapDrive can be used in multiple platform such as Linux, Unix, AIX and windows platforms Now we are going to see the installation of snapdrive in windows


  • Windows Operating system 2008, 2008-R2 and 2012 is required
  • .Net frame work 3.5 OR 4.0 is required
  • Install DSM 4.0 OR above
  • Windows Hotfixes are required before you install the SnapDrive For windows 2012 install – HotFix 2859162. If it is 2008 and 2008-R2 install Hotfixes 2522766, 2528357, 2494016, 2520235, 2531907, 974930
  • Install PowerShell 2.0 Or above
  • Install Netapp windows host utilities kit 6.0.2 or above
  • Create service account with required privileges to execute commands in Filers

Additional licenses you can enable on your storage system

  • iSCSI, Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel over Ethernet, or Virtual Fibre Channel
  • SnapRestore (required for restore operations)
  • SnapMirror
  • FlexClone (required for persistent mount operations)
  • SnapVault
  • MultiStore
  • SnapManager products


Now download the SnapDrive application from Netapp Support site, Double click on setup filesnapdrive

1snapdriveClick Next


  • Storage system licensing enables you to execute SnapDrive operations only on a storage system that has the SnapDrive license installed.
  • Host-side licensing enables you to execute SnapDrive on any SnapDrive instance on your host system.

select the option as you license permits Click Next

snapdriveProvide your user name and organization details and Click Next

snapdriveIf the server you are installing SnapDrive on is a virtual machine which is part of Vmware vCenter and you wish to use the Fiber Channel HBA’s or iSCSI initiators from the ESX hosts, click Enable VirtualCenter or ESX Server Settings and enter in the IP address, user name (with admin rights on vcenter) and password. If the server you’re installing SnapDrive on is a physical machine, don’t Enable VirtualCenter integration and just Click Next.

snapdrivehere you have to provide your SERVICE ACCOUNT details and password. Then Click Next

snapdriveleave the ports as default and Click Next

snapdriveEnter the details of your Netapp filer Click Next

snapdriveNote: if you want to define perticular protocol then select OR else leave as it is and Click Next

snapdriveClick Install

snapdriveClick Finish

Done..!! your SnapDrive application as been installed successfully.

Thanks for your wonderful Support and Encouragement


Ankam Ravi Kumar

Working as Linux / Storage Administrator L3. Interested in sharing the knowledge.

4 Responses

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  3. blank Raj says:

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