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Powershell connectivity issue to Cdot


I have a problem with connecting to a CDot enviroment,


I am using the following command: Connect-NcController - Name clustername -Credential domain\dwes , after this command i got the following error:



Connect-NcController : Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
At line:1 char:21
+ Connect-NcController <<<<  -Name clustername  -Credential domain\dwes
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidResult: (clustername:NcController) [Connect-NcController], NullReferenceExceptio
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : HttpConnectionFailed,DataONTAP.C.PowerShell.SDK.ConnectNcController


I can connect to the cluster using port 443, i have tested that with a telnet session and a browser session


Does anyone have a idea to solve this issue 





The Credential Parameter for the "Connect-NcController" CmdLet accepts a Credential object of type "System.Management.Automation.PSCredential" so you can't use a string containing the username.

See "Get-Help Connect-NcController -full | more" and browse through the parameter help documentation for the -Credential paramater.


    -Credential <PSCredential>
        A System.Management.Automation.PSCredential object containing the credentials needed to log into the storage controller.

        Required?                    false
        Position?                    named
        Default value
        Accept pipeline input?       true (ByPropertyName)
        Accept wildcard characters?  false


Here is an example for you demonstrating how to connect to the cluster using the credential object:


#'Connect to the cluster
Import-Module DataONTAP

$clusterName = "cluster1"

$userName = "admin"
$credentials = $host.ui.PromptForCredential("Connect to cluster ""$ClusterName""", "Please enter the user name and password", $userName, "")
   Connect-NcController -Name $ClusterName -Credential $credentials -HTTPS -ErrorAction Stop
   Write-Warning -Message $("Failed Connecting to ""$ClusterName"". Error " + $_.Exception.Message)


Change the variable "$username" as required. EG from "admin" to "domain\dwes".


Hope that helps.



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I think the "-Credential" must be given a Powershell Credential object, not just a username


Maybe try the following:


Connect-NcController -Name <IP or name> -Credential (Get-Credential)


That might solve it...?


Forget it, sorry I didn't read enough and just saw the cmdlet also works with a username instead of full credential object.


I'd also reommend using -HTTPS parameter, since the error says "cannot connect"...



Hi Lorenzo,


My versions,




Major Minor Build revision

2        0       -1     -1 




Major  MInor  Build  Revision

3         2        0        65





Have you check that you have the required build of .NET 3.5 installed?

Hi DWes,

Have you tried connecting with the -Credential admin instead of your domain account?

Connect-NcController - Name clustername -Credential Admin

Also, what version of cDOT are you running?

I hope this helps,


Can you please provide the output of the following commands :

1)      PowerShell version:


PS C:\> $host.version


Major  Minor  Build  Revision

-----  -----  -----  --------

4      0      -1     -1


2)      NetApp Toolkit Version:

PS C:\> Get-NaToolkitVersion


Major  Minor  Build  Revision

-----  -----  -----  --------

3      2      1      68


Thank you


Hi DWes,


Have you tried the '-HTTPS' switch to force a HTTPS connection? May be your cluster allows only secure connection, not HTTP?

    The command would be ''Connect-NcController -Name clusterController -Credential domain\dwes -HTTPS'.


Other than this, I can only think of the usual suspect - a name resolution failure.


Hope this helps,



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