Configuring the Self Service Portal (SSP) on Nutanix AHV and AOS 5.1

This lesson will show how to configure the Self Service Portal (SSP) on Nutanix AHV running AOS 5.1.x. The Prism Self Service Portal (SSP) enables the consumers of IT infrastructure within an enterprise (individual users or teams such as development, test, and DevOps) to provision and manage virtual machines in a self-service manner, without having to engage IT in day-to-day operations.

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Nutanix AHV – Networking Commands How-To Super Post

This post is meant to be a "quick reference" guide for performing configuration with AHV networking, including Open vSwitch (OVS) configuration, setting VLAN tags and other miscellaneous networking related commands.

For further details and a helpful video, check out this post by Jason Burns which goes a bit deeper into which configurations you should use and the "why" of the commands: https://next.nutanix.com/t5/Nutanix-Connect-Blog/Network-Load-Balancing-with-Acropolis-Hypervisor/ba-p/6463

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Installing VMware PowerCLI Cmdlets from the PowerShell Gallery

A great writeup for this process with detailed information is located here:
https://blogs.vmware.com/PowerCLI/2017/04/powercli-install-process-powershell-gallery.html

In a nutshell:

Find-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI

You might be prompted for a new version of “NuGet”, which is fine- go ahead and say “yes” to the prompt to install. Then proceed with the below.

Install-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI -Scope CurrentUser

Once that completed, the VMware PowerCLI Cmdlets were installed.

However, when running

Connect-VIServer

I got the following error:
Import-Module : File \\vmware-host\Shared
Folders\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.Sdk\1.0.0.5334677\VMware.VimAutomation.Sdk.ps1 cannot
be loaded because running scripts is disabled on this system. For more information, see about_Execution_Policies at
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=135170.

So I went ahead and did the following:
– Launch the Windows PowerShell app using the “Run As Administrator” option.
Then type in:

Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

Once that was done, then

Connect-VIServer

worked.

Configuring a VM to VM Anti-Affinity Rule on Nutanix AHV Running AOS 5.0

This how-to will show you how to configure a VM to VM anti-affinity rule on Nutanix AOS 5.0.

For reference, the official documentation on this feature is found at: https://portal.nutanix.com/#/page/docs/details?targetId=Web-Console-Guide-Prism-v50:ahv-ahv-vm-anti-affinity-t.html

Currently, on AOS 5.0, you can set a VM to Host affinity rule right within Prism by editing the VM properties. However, setting up a VM to VM anti-affinity rule will need to be done via the Acropolis CLI (ACLI). To configure VM to VM anti-affinity policies, you must first define a group and then add all the VMs on which you want to define the VM to VM anti-affinity policy.

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Patching VMware ESXi via Nutanix One-Click Upgrade in Prism on AOS 5.0

This lesson will show you how to patch VMware ESXi using the Nutanix one-click upgrade process in Prism.

If you have additional questions not covered in this how-to, please refer to the Nutanix Documentation Link for the one-click hypervisor upgrade feature, located here: https://portal.nutanix.com/#/page/docs/details?targetId=Web-Console-Guide-Prism-v50:wc-cluster-hypervisor-upgrade-esx-wc-t.html

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Registering vCenter with Prism on Nutanix AOS 5.0

To perform core VM management operations directly from Prism without switching to vCenter Server, you need to register your cluster with the vCenter Server. This how-to will show you how to register vCenter with Prism running Nutanix AOS 5.0.

By using this feature you can perform following virtual machine operations directly through Prism.

  • Create, clone, update, and delete VMs.
  • Create and delete NICs.
  • Attach and delete disks.
  • Power operations: Power on or off, reset, suspend, resume, guest shutdown, and guest reboot.
  • Open and launch VM console (via an HTML 5 web gui)
  • Manage VM guest tools (mounting VMware guest tools, mounting NGT).

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Setting Up and Using Acropolis File Services (AFS) on Nutanix AOS 5.0

This article will show you the steps involved to setup Acropolis File Services (AFS) on a cluster running AOS 5.0.

Acropolis File Services (AFS) uses a scale-out architecture that provides Server Message Block (SMB) file shares to Windows clients for home directory and user profiles. Acropolis File Services consist of three or more file server VMs (FSVM). There is one file server maximum per cluster image. A set of file server VMs is also known as a Acropolis File Services cluster. Multiple file server clusters can be created on a Nutanix cluster.

With the AOS 5.0 release, Acropolis File Services can be used when running ESXi or AHV as the hypervisor on your Nutanix cluster.

A great document to refer to is the Acropolis File Services Guide, which can be found on the Nutanix portal here: https://portal.nutanix.com/#/page/docs/details?targetId=Acropolis-File-Services-Guide-v20:Acropolis-File-Services-Guide-v20

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