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
Continue reading “Setting Up and Using Acropolis File Services (AFS) on Nutanix AOS 5.0”
This article will show you how to import a virtual appliance that’s in the OVF or OVA format into the Nutanix AHV hypervisor, via the Image Service in Prism.
Continue reading “Importing an OVF / OVA into Nutanix AHV using Prism”
Here are some helpful resources for scripting to the Nutanix API via PowerShell or other languages. I’ll continue to add more as I come across them. Feel free to leave your favorite resources in the comments section below! 🙂
Cmdlets references with clickable links on each cmdlet that shows syntax
Cmdlet poster so you can decorate your cube with it 🙂
Cmdlet “how to” on the Bible and some other examples
Scripts and other posts on the Community Forum
Github repository with scripts (some PowerShell, some others)
The Nutanix App for Splunk allows customers of Splunk® Enterprise and Nutanix to visualize and view the state of their cluster from Splunk. In addition, the app allows users to view log events surrounding all Nutanix processes and search specific Nutanix syslog data within the app.
Find the app here: https://splunkbase.splunk.com/app/3102/
This lesson will show you how to create an image service template from an existing virtual machine, without having to export/import the VM.
Continue reading “Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) – Create an Image Service Template from an Existing VM”
A few of my customers have asked if the Dell KACE virtual appliance will work on the Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV). So I made a short video below showing the installation of the virtual appliance and how it does work on AHV. For any questions, please submit them in the comments section below. Thanks!
I’ve been asked a few times on how to register Prism with a Prism Central instance and I thought I would make a quick video to show the process. Here it is below!
About the DNS cache
OS X keeps a local cache of resolved DNS queries for a time defined by the DNS server. Sometimes it might be necessary to reset the cache immediately and re-query a DNS server. For example, you might need to do this if you are a network or server administrator and an entry on your DNS server has recently changed.
If your Mac isn’t using the latest DNS entries from your server, you can restart your Mac to update its cached information. If you need to update DNS entries on a server using OS X and you can’t restart the server, use the terminal commands below for the version of OS X you’re using.
OS X Yosemite, El Capitan and later
Use the following Terminal command to reset the DNS cache in OS X v10.10.4 or later:
sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder
Use the following Terminal command to reset the DNS cache in OS X v10.10 through v10.10.3:
sudo discoveryutil mdnsflushcache
OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion
Use the following Terminal command to reset the DNS cache in OS X v10.9.5 and earlier:
sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder
Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Use the following Terminal command to reset the DNS cache in OS X v10.6 through v10.6.8:
sudo dscacheutil -flushcache
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! 😉
A very helpful post by Michael Webster showing how to install the Nutanix Community Edition, nested onto ESXi 6.0, which would be perfect for customers who want to test out CE without reloading their existing test servers.
Thanks Michael! 😉