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Accessing a Device’s CLI from Network Director


Network Director enables you to connect to the CLI for switches and wireless LAN controllers in your network, using SSH.

This topic describes the steps to connect to a switch or a controller by using SSH (Secure Shell). SSH is a cryptographic network protocol used for remote shell services or command execution. SSH is one of the many access services that are supported on the Juniper Networks devices. All Juniper Network devices have SSH enabled by default.

To connect to a device by using SSH:

  1. Do one of the following:
    • In the View pane, select the device to which you want to connect.

    • In the Topology View, locate the device to which you want to connect.

  2. Do one of the following:
    • With the device selected in the View pane, select Build mode and select Tasks > Device Management > SSH to Device.

    • While in the Topology View, select the device to which you want to launch the SSH connection and click Device Management > SSH To Device.

    The SSH to Device dialog box appears.

  3. Enter the username and password to connect to the selected device and click Connect.Note

    Ensure that you have removed Pop-Up blockers, if any, before you click Connect.

    The SSH console to the switch or controller opens in a separate browser tab or window depending on your browser settings. Refer to the EX Series documentation or the Wireless LAN Services (WLS) Product Documentation for more information about using the CLI for EX Series switches and WLC wireless LAN controllers respectively.


Any configuration changes you make to a device, using the CLI qualify as out-of-band changes in Network Director. Out-of-band configuration changes can cause the configuration state of a managed device to become out of sync, which indicates that the device configuration no longer matches the Build mode configuration for the device. Use the Resynchronize Device Configuration task in Deploy mode to resynchronize the device configuration.