With the release of Nutanix Move (used to be called Xtract), migrating VM’s from VMware ESXi to AHV is now super simple and the best part of all, automated! Website Landing Page: https://www.nutanix.com/products/move/ Check out the download portal for Move (still called Xtract on download portal for now): https://portal.nutanix.com/#/page/xtract *** OLD PROCESS BELOW – REPLACED BY NUTANIX MOVE *** Moving VM’s from ESXi to the Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) is quite simple. Here are the high-level steps:…

A huge thank you to Chris Bednarski (over at http://cbednarski.com/) for putting together a script that will make an installable ESXi boot device (via a Mac), something that would seem pretty simple to do nowadays, but after trying 2 other online “tutorials” that didn’t work, Chris’ script worked perfectly. Thanks! Script/instructions are over at: https://github.com/cbednarski/vmware-usb-osx

Several customers have asked if they can post or upload files to the Nutanix storage container, especially when working with automation (like Nutanix Calm) where they might need to store an xml or json file for easy access. Well, there are several ways to do this, but one that has worked well for some of my larger customers is to use SFTP to upload files to the Nutanix storage container. Then, once it the file is on the container, you can use it via the Nutanix Image Service, via NFS or through the option of browsing the ADSF location during the Custom Script option. Below, I’ll show you how to use this feature.

The Prism Self Service (PSS) feature represents a special view within Prism Central. While Prism Central enables infrastructure management across clusters, PSS allows end-users to consume that infrastructure in a self-service manner. PSS is only supported on AHV clusters at this time.

This lesson will show you how to configure PSS, which will include performing the following tasks:

  • [Prism Central Administrator] Configure Prism Self Service by importing users and groups from an Active Directory and adding a self-service administrator account.
  • [PSS administrator] Create a project for each team that needs self-service and add Active Directory users and groups to the projects.
  • [PSS administrator] Configure roles for project members.
  • [PSS administrator] Publish VM templates and images to the catalog.
  • [PSS administrator] Create VMs as needed and assign them to project members as appropriate. You can also allow project members to create their own VMs.

Additional information is also covered in the Prism Self Service Administration Guide, located on the Nutanix portal here: https://portal.nutanix.com/#/page/docs/details?targetId=SSP-Admin-Guide-v55:ssp-ssp-overview-for-ssp-admin-c.html

This lesson will show you how to upgrade Nutanix AOS when the 1-click download option isn’t available. This might be due to not having internet access to the Nutanix cluster (e.g. dark site), or there is a new AOS version available but Nutanix hasn’t published the latest release to the 1-click download option yet (which is typically 3-4 weeks after general availability (GA) on the portal).

I was meeting with one of my local customers and they asked me, “hey! how do you automate upgrading Nutanix Guest Tools (NGT) with something like SCCM?” Well, that was a really good question. After some digging around internally, we had some sample scripts here and there, but nothing that hit the mark. Thankfully my customer decided to write his own script and shared it with the world! Here’s the link to his script along…