Register a Provider

Providers are physical servers that host objects and attributes. Once a provider is registered in ECX, cataloging, searching, and reporting can be performed.

Supported provider types are:

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS). Supported types include Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) cloud storage.
  • Application servers. Supported application database types include InterSystems Caché, Oracle, SAP HANA, and SQL. Use the File System application type to register file systems for physical servers running Windows, Linux, and AIX. See associated application requirements for supported storage types.
  • DPX providers. Register a Catalogic DPX™ provider to run DPX specific reports pertaining to nodes, storage, and status.
  • DellEMC storage systems. Supported types include DellEMC Unity.
  • IBM storage systems. Supported types include IBM Spectrum Accelerate, IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot, and IBM Spectrum Virtualize.
  • LDAP servers. Register an LDAP server to enable LDAP users to be provisioned through a group import. LDAP also supports authentication using the sAMAccountName Windows user naming attribute or an associated e-mail address. Unlike storage systems and VMware servers, LDAP servers are not cataloged.
  • NetApp ONTAP storage systems. Supported types include NetApp ONTAP 7-Mode and Cluster-Mode.
  • SQL and Oracle application servers. Supported storage platforms for Oracle include IBM storage systems running IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize Software version 7.3 and later, including IBM SAN Volume Controller, IBM Storwize, and IBM FlashSystem V9000 systems. Supported SQL Server versions include SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2014, SQL Server 2016 standalone and AlwaysON. Supported operating system platforms include Windows 2012R2, Windows 2016 running on vSphere VM using VMDK configuration.
  • Pure Storage systems. Supported storage platforms include Pure Storage FlashArray.
  • SMTP hosts. Register an SMTP server to enable email notifications from ECX. Unlike storage systems and VMware servers, SMTP servers are not cataloged.
  • VMware servers. Supported types includes vCenter and ESX/ESXi hosts.

Adding a provider requires specifying the user name and password of the provider.

Storage providers can be automatically cataloged after registration. If the Run Inventory job after registration option is selected, ECX creates a high-level Inventory job and automatically catalogs the objects on the provider.

Note: Ensure that TLS protocol is enabled on the NetApp storage system by setting the tls.enable option to ON. For TLS to take effect on HTTPS, ensure that the httpd.admin.ssl.enable option is also set to ON. See Enabling or disabling TLS on NetApp's Support site.


  • Create a site to assign to your provider. A site is a user-defined grouping of providers that is generally based on location. See Add a Site.
  • When registering providers it is recommended to assign all related sources, such as hosting vCenters and related storage systems, to the same Site.
  • For application server it is recommended to keep all resources, such as hosting vCenters and related storage systems, configured in the same Site.

Note: If an associated provider is unregistered before, during, or after a Backup or Restore job executes, the job fails with a task framework error. If the unregistered providers are re-registered in ECX, new Backup or Restore jobs must be defined for the providers.

The following describes the procedures for registering a provider.



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