Migrate a Windows VM from VMware ESXi to Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) Easily

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



Moving VM’s from ESXi to the Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) is quite simple. Here are the high-level steps:

  • First, install the Nutanix VirtIO package into the VM(’s) you are moving – driver package can be downloaded here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/ntnx-portal/mobility/1.0.1/Nutanix-VirtIO-1.0.1.msi (or find the latest on the http://portal.nutanix.com site)
  • Whitelist the subnet (In Prism, Gear icon -> Filesystem Whitelists) so that we can access the Nutanix Distributed Storage Container from any host
  • Mount it as an NFS mount (ESX) or as a SMB Shared Path (Hyper-V) on the hypervisor hosts you are coming “from”
  • Power-off the Source VM
  • Clone or Move (your choice) the Source VM onto the shared storage container
  • Create a new VM in Prism and specify CPU, RAM and add a NIC/vLan adapter
  • To add a disk, configure it as follows:
    • Type: Disk
    • Operation: Clone from ADSF file
    • Bus Type: SCSI
    • Path: provide the path to the VM’s Flat VMDK file. To see options, type / to start the autocomplete dropdown
  • Once VM is configured, power-on and it should boot right up

Here’s also a helpful blog post that shows the above with a video:

Hope it helps and happy converting! 😉

Using SFTP to Transfer Images and Other Files to a Nutanix Storage Container

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.

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How-to: Configuring and Using Prism Self Service in Prism Central on Nutanix AOS 5.5

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

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