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Getting Started With Snowsight:

Alejandro Penzini Edited question December 14, 2023
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This section provides an introduction to getting started with Snowsight, the web interface for Snowflake. If you are looking to transition from the Classic Console to Snowsight, please consult the "Upgrading to Snowsight" guide.

Browser Requirements:

Snowsight is compatible with the most recent three major versions of the following web browsers:

Apple Safari for macOS
Google Chrome
Microsoft Edge
Mozilla Firefox

Accessing Snowsight Through a Proxy or Firewall:

To establish access to Snowsight via a proxy or firewall, it may be necessary to include the fully qualified URL and port values in the configuration settings of the proxy servers or firewall.

To identify the fully qualified URL and port for Snowsight, examine the SNOWSIGHT_DEPLOYMENT entry within the return value of the SYSTEM$ALLOWLIST function.

Signing in to Snowsight:

You have the option to connect to Snowsight either via the Internet or by utilizing private connectivity to the Snowflake service.

Using the Internet:

To access Snowsight via the public Internet, follow these steps:

1. Open a supported web browser and go to https://app.snowflake.com.

2. Enter your account identifier or account URL. If you've logged into Snowsight before, you may see an account name that you can choose.

3. Sign in using your Snowflake account credentials.

Alternatively, you can access Snowsight from the Classic Console:

Log in to the Classic Console.

In the navigation menu, choose Snowsight.

Snowsight will open in a new tab.

Using Private Connectivity:

Upon completing the setup for private connectivity, follow these steps to access Snowsight:

To sign in directly to Snowsight using private connectivity, especially if you haven't logged in to the Classic Console before:

Enter one of the following URLs into the browser location bar:

https://app-orgname-account_name.privatelink.snowflakecomputing.com
https://app.cloud_region_id.privatelink.snowflakecomputing.com
(Replace orgname with your Snowflake organization's name, account_name with your account's unique name, and cloud_region_id with the cloud region identifier.)

After signing in, you can retrieve these details by hovering over an account in the account selector. Refer to "Format 1 (Preferred): Account Name in Your Organization" for more information.

Note: If you are uncertain about the values to enter, please consult your internal Snowflake administrator before reaching out to Snowflake Support.

Enter your Snowflake credentials.
If you prefer to sign in to Snowsight through the Classic Console using private connectivity to the Snowflake service:

Log in to the Classic Console.

In the upper-right corner of the Classic Console, select "Snowsight."

Snowsight will open in a new tab or window.

Signing in to a Different Snowflake Account:

Navigate to the bottom of the left navigation bar and utilize the account selector to log in to an alternative account. The selector conveniently displays accounts you have accessed previously.

Using Snowsight:

This section offers a concise introduction to navigating and utilizing Snowsight, including examples and explanations of the following interface components:

1. Left navigation
2. User menu
3. Account selector

Setting User Details and Preferences:

To access your user profile, click on your username and choose "Profile."

Within your profile, you can view and adjust the following user details:

- Profile photo
- Username (unchangeable)
- First name
- Last name
- Password
- Email

Ensure your user profile includes a first name, last name, and email address, as certain Snowflake features, like accepting the terms of service for the Snowflake Marketplace, may require this information.

You can also configure the following preferences:

1. Default experience:

Choose whether to start in Snowsight or the Classic Console upon signing in. If the option to select a default experience is not visible, your default experience might be set at the account level.

2. Language:

Set the language for Snowsight. Snowflake currently supports English (US) and Japanese (日本語).

3. Notifications:

Indicate whether to receive a browser notification upon the completion of a background query. When setting this preference for the first time, your browser will prompt you to allow notifications from Snowflake.

4. Multi-factor authentication:

Decide whether to enable multi-factor authentication (MFA), which is supported by the Duo Security service.

5. Session Timeout:

Maintain a client session as long as user activity is detected. After a period of inactivity (4 hours), the session will terminate, requiring you to sign in again.

Switching Your Active Role:

When utilizing Snowsight, you have the flexibility to alter the active role within your ongoing session. Your active role dictates the visibility of databases, tables, and other objects, as well as the actions you can undertake.

To change your active role:

1. Navigate to the user menu at the top of the left navigation bar.

2. Hover over your current active role to reveal the role selector.

3. Choose the desired role that you wish to activate.

For additional information on access roles and object privileges, refer to the Overview of Access Control.

Configuring Private Connectivity for Snowsight:

Before establishing private connectivity for Snowsight, it's essential to first configure private connectivity for your Snowflake account. Refer to the dedicated guide based on the cloud platform hosting your Snowflake account—whether AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform.

To enable private connectivity with Snowsight, follow these steps:

1. Utilizing the ACCOUNTADMIN role, invoke the SYSTEM$GET_PRIVATELINK_CONFIG function within your Snowflake account. Identify the values for the following:

- privatelink-account-url
- snowsight-privatelink-url
- regionless-snowsight-privatelink-url

2. Verify that your DNS settings can resolve these values.

3. Confirm connectivity to Snowsight using each of these URLs from your web browser.

If you wish to use the account name URL (regionless-snowsight-privatelink-url) as your primary access point to Snowsight, contact Snowflake Support. Request that all URL redirects be directed to the specified URL for regionless-snowsight-privatelink-url.

Alejandro Penzini Edited answer December 14, 2023

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