Command line access to Nutanix File Server VM (FSVM) via SSH - Nutanix Files

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An administrator may wish to log in to FSVM, for example, to perform network troubleshooting tasks.

This can be achieved by establishing command line access to one of the CVMs on the cluster first and then logging in to FSVM. Please see step-by-step example below.

Log in to CVM. Optionally, verify IP address configured on FSVM:

$ ssh nutanix@
Nutanix Controller VM
nutanix@'s password:
Last login: Mon Oct 14 23:20:52 2019 from
nutanix@NTNX-14SM71070032-A-CVM:$ ncli fs ls
Uuid : db890ac6-abcd-12ef-34ab-c6240654b029
Version : 3.5.2
Container ID : 0005922b-abcd-12ef-34ab-002590c84bb8::81306
Container Uuid : 714c4d88-abcd-12ef-34ab-508b29c4a6d8
Virtual IP address :

From CVM log in to FSVM:

nutanix@NTNX-14SM71070032-A-CVM:$ ssh nutanix@
FIPS mode initialized
Nutanix File-Server VM
Last login: Wed Oct 9 22:29:40 2019 from

Note that you are automatically re-directed to the owner of FS cluster Virtual IP.

Default credentials are listed in KB-1661. FSVM default credentials match as Nutanix Controller VM SSH client.

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These steps are also outlined in the Setup Guide.