Navisphere CLI is a command line interface tool provided by EMC for accessing and managing VNX or Clariion storage arrays. Administrators can issue commands for general array management, including storage provisioning, status, and configuration control. Navisphere CLI can also be leveraged for automating management tasks through scripts or batch files. Navisphere CLI is supported on EMC VNX, CX, CX3, CX4, and AX4-5 storage systems. Starting at VNX OE 5.31, Classic CLI (NaviCLI) is no longer compatible. Secure CLI (NaviSecCLI) commands are now required.

As per EMC recommendation, the Navisphere CLI version should be matched with the Block Software version of the storage system. For instance, if the Block side version is 05.33.x, use Navisphere CLI 7.33.x or higher.

Download and Install EMC Navisphere CLI

Login into your DELL\EMC Support account. Search for Navisphere CLI and select the appropriate OS version. The download is typically found under Support Tools. For this tutorial, we are installing CLI for Windows.

Run the Navisphere executable to start the Installation Wizard. Select Next to begin.

Navisphere CLI Install

Specify the location for the Navisphere CLI installation. The default location is C:\Program Files (x86)\EMC\Navisphere CLI.

Navisphere CLI Location

Next, designate if you would like to create a Security File. Creating a Security File will place credentials into a file, so they do not need to be entered with each command. It is also possible to create a security file later with the addusersecurity command. Lastly, indicate the certificate verification level.

  • Low – Certificate not verified
  • Medium – Certificate verified

Navisphere CLI Security File

Finally, select Install after reviewing the Navisphere CLI Configuration settings.

Navisphere CLI Install Summary

Upon successful installation, the wizard indicates setup is complete.

Navisphere CLI Install Complete

To start using Navisphere CLI, open a command prompt and navigate to the directory specified for the installation location (C:\Program Files (x86)\EMC\Navisphere CLI).

Navisphere CLI CMD

EMC Command Line Reference for Block