EMC VNX – How to use Unisphere

Unisphere is web-enabled software for remote management of storage environment. It has all the extras, like widgets and sortable tables, wizards etc. Unisphere Management Server runs on the Storage Processor (SP) and the Control Station.

(Update 08-01-2015: Check out Overview with few screenshots: EMC VNX – Unisphere – Quick overview)

How to launch?

To launch a Unisphere you can fire up an Internet browser and type the IP address of either one of the SPs or the Control Station.

How to login for fist time?

Default login/password for EMC VNX Unified system is:
* login: sysadmin
* password: sysadmin
Or for VNXe:
* login: admin
* password: Password123#

Administration of VNX is performed with the Unisphere graphical user interface (GUI). Administration of the VNX system can also be performed with a command line interface (CLI). File enabled VNX systems use a command line interface to the Control Station for file administrative tasks. Block enabled systems have a host-based Secure CLI software option available for block administrative tasks. The CLI can be used to automate management functions through shell scripts and batch files.

Administrative Authentication Scope

Unisphere Authentication Scopes

Unisphere Authentication Scopes

The VNX provides three different administrative user auth scopes.
* Global authentication scope is used when the VNX is configured to be a member of a Storage Domain. All the systems within the domain can be administrated using a single sign-on with a global account.
* Local authentication scope is used to manage a specific system only. Logging into a system using a local user account is recommended when there are a large number of systems in the domain.
* LDAP authentication scope is used when the VNX is configured to “bind” to an LDAP domain. The VNX performs an LDAP query to the domain to authenticate the administrative users.

Unisphere Storage Domains

Unisphere Storage Domain

Unisphere Storage Domain

By default each VNX is its own Storage Domain. Domain Members are:
* Control Station
* System managed by Unisphere session to any member

A VNX system can be manager using a Unisphere session to any member of the Storage Domain. The system also includes a default “sysadmin” Global user account in the Domain, which is configured with the Administrator role.

Adding VNX system to Domain

Adding VNX into Storage Domain

Adding VNX into Storage Domain

To add a VNX system into an existing VNX local domain, in Unisphere navigate to the System List, and perform Add operation. You have to provide an SP (Storage Processor) IP address of the VNX system to be added. When adding a system into the domain, the system being added will be removed from any of its existing domain configurations. Obviously you will also be asked for credentials to login to the VNX system being added. Once the VNX system is added, it will be displayed in the System List page.

6 thoughts on “EMC VNX – How to use Unisphere

  1. I am a new geek to storage technology. Its found very simple and nice to read Article given in this portal. Thanks to the team!!!!!!

  2. i want to configure EMC vnx 5200 for two ESXi host with two hba. please help me to how to configure luns with redundant path with hba and datastore on esxi. thanks

  3. Hello,
    I am trying to log into the VNX5300-Block SPA and SPB using the Service Port connected to my laptop IP; I cannot connect to SPA but can connect to SPB; I accepted the Certificate and get to the login screen asking for the Name & Password; what is the default to use here? I am connecting through the Unisphere Service Manager.
    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

  4. I’m having a problem with a VNXe3150 when accessing Unisphere. I’ve reset the admin/service password and when I login with the default it prompts to change both. Once I get the info and hit enter I get
    “this operation is not supported. this function may not yet be implemented” next to the OLD Service password box and the admin password does not update.

    However when I SSH into the service account it’s using the new password I tried setting.
    Is there a way to create a new global admin in SSH so that I can login to Unisphere using that account? I’m seriously at a loss right now.

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