SimpliVity CLI basic commands

Hi all

During my SimpliVity PoC I created a lot of VMs, cloned and migrated them. It is much easier doing this task over the SimpliVity CLI. Here is a small guide – a 101 – for some basic tasks that during testing helped me a lot:

About the colors of the commands:
orange means fixed commands
green means values, you can change at your own needs

CLI Access

You can access the SimpliVity OmniStack Command Line Interface (CLI) in two ways:


Possibility 1 (SimpliVity user

host: IP / DNS name of the OVC (SimpliVity  OmniStack Virtual Controller)
username: svtcli
password: simplicity
after login type: svt-session-start


Possibility 2 (vCenter credentials)

host: IP / DNS name of the OVC (SimpliVity OmniStack Virtual Controller)
username: vCenter credentials (ex. administrator@vsphere.local)
password: your password
after login type: nothing is required to type (session is automatically started)


List of all commands

  1. You can check the manual
  2. you can write svt- and hit tab



Useful commands

Here some useful commands during my PoC. (You can follow each after another)

Show all datastores

Show all Backup Policies

Create a new backup policy
svt-policy-create -name backup4h

Create backup policy rule (every 4 hours with 5 days of retention)
svt-policy-rule-create  -policy backup4h -frequency 4H -retention 5D

Backup Policy






Create a new datastore
svt-datastore-create -name DS001 –size 250GB -policy backup4h




Get a list of all VMs

Clone an existing VM
svt-vm-clone -vm WIN7 -name WIN7-2-clone -datastore Default01
(– datastore defines the datastore, where the VM you want to clone is related)

Move VM to the new datastore
svt-vm-move -vm WIN7-1-clone -source Default01 -destination DS001 -force



If you have to clone a few VMs more than one:

svt-vm-clone -vm WIN7 -name WIN7-2-clone -datastore Default01
svt-vm-clone -vm WIN7 -name WIN7-3-clone -datastore Default01
svt-vm-clone -vm WIN7 -name WIN7-4-clone -datastore Default01
svt-vm-clone -vm WIN7 -name WIN7-5-clone -datastore Default01
svt-vm-clone -vm WIN7 -name WIN7-6-clone -datastore Default01
svt-vm-clone -vm WIN7 -name WIN7-7-clone -datastore Default01
svt-vm-clone -vm WIN7 -name WIN7-8-clone -datastore Default01
svt-vm-clone -vm WIN7 -name WIN7-9-clone -datastore Default01
svt-vm-clone -vm WIN7 -name WIN7-10-clone -datastore Default01


and the move operation:

svt-vm-move –vm WIN7-2-clone –source Default01 –destination DS001 –force
svt-vm-move –vm WIN7-3-clone –source Default01 –destination DS001 –force
svt-vm-move –vm WIN7-4-clone –source Default01 –destination DS001 –force
svt-vm-move –vm WIN7-5-clone –source Default01 –destination DS001 –force
svt-vm-move –vm WIN7-6-clone –source Default01 –destination DS001 –force
svt-vm-move –vm WIN7-7-clone –source Default01 –destination DS001 –force
svt-vm-move –vm WIN7-8-clone –source Default01 –destination DS001 –force
svt-vm-move –vm WIN7-9-clone –source Default01 –destination DS001 –force
svt-vm-move –vm WIN7-10-clone –source Default01 –destination DS001 –force


If you check the vSphere Client it looks like this:

List of VMs

That’s it for the first part. If you have questions or need more information’s or command-snippets, let me know.

PS: Don’t forget to read my SimpliVity PoC Experience: