Building a HCI Lab with Nutanix Community Edition

It’s always handy to have access to some sort of lab gear at work/home for testing and learning. Nutanix Community Edition allows you to bring the latest HCI technology to your lab setup. I will outline some basic considerations when planning to go with Nutanix CE, show you what you need to start your lab project and what are the possibilities and limits of the platform. My personal lab setup is based on a four node cluster deployed on Intel NUCs.

It’s always handy to have access to some sort of lab gear at work/home for testing and learning. Nutanix Community Edition allows you to bring the latest HCI technology to your lab setup. I will outline some basic considerations when planning to go with Nutanix CE, show you what you need to start your lab project and what are the possibilities and limits of the platform. My personal lab setup is based on a four node cluster deployed on Intel NUCs.

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According to my short twitter survey most folks (at least in the EUC community) use VMWare ESXi for their lab setups, followed by Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer. But hey Nutanix Community Edition is more and more gaining traction! Continue reading “Building a HCI Lab with Nutanix Community Edition”

Deploying Citrix NetScaler on Nutanix AHV

Citrix NetScaler VPX, the virtual appliance, is available for XenServer, VMWare ESX, Microsoft Hyper-V and KVM hypervisors. Since Nutanix AHV is based on KVM, it is possible to run your NetScaler VPX on the Nutanix native Acropolis hypervisor AHV.

NetScaler Gateway VPX is a virtual NetScaler Gateway appliance that is hosted on a hypervisor. NetScaler Gateway VPX supports all the features and functionality of the physical NetScaler Gateway appliance.
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NVIDA Tesla M10 – vGPU Power for the XenDesktop VDI

Last year NVIDIA added the Tesla M10 GPU to their existing lineup of NVIDIA GRID accelerators. The Tesla M10 board is designed specifically for data centers that are looking for graphics acceleration for high density virtual desktop environments. It’s a dual-slot PCI Express form factor for rack and tower servers capable of supporting 64 concurrent users. I did a small single server setup / Poc based on XenServer 7.1 and XenDesktop 7.13 to see how vGPU helps to improve user experience, in particular for the delivery of multimedia content on a Windows 10 VDI.

Last year NVIDIA added the Tesla M10 GPU to their existing lineup of NVIDIA GRID accelerators. The Tesla M10 board is designed specifically for data centers that are looking for graphics acceleration for high density virtual desktop environments. It’s a dual-slot PCI Express form factor for rack and tower servers capable of supporting 64 concurrent users. I did a small single server setup / Poc based on XenServer 7.1 and XenDesktop 7.13 to see how vGPU helps to improve user experience, in particular for the delivery of multimedia content on a Windows 10 VDI.  Continue reading “NVIDA Tesla M10 – vGPU Power for the XenDesktop VDI”

IGEL UD Pocket – Micro Universal Desktop Thin Client

IGEL’s new UD Pocket, a micro Universal Desktop Thin Client on a USB 3.0 thumb drive, allows you to turn a PC, laptop or any compatible x86, 64-bit CPU based endpoint device in a Thin Client, running the Linux based IGEL Universal Desktop operating system. The UD Pocket can be managed side by side with all the other Hard- and Software Thin Clients from Igel through the Universal Management Suite (UMS).

IGEL’s new UD Pocket, a micro Universal Desktop Thin Client on a USB 3.0 thumb drive, allows to turn a PC, laptop or any compatible x86, 64-bit CPU based endpoint device in a Thin Client, running the Linux based IGEL Universal Desktop operating system. The UD Pocket can be managed side by side with all the other Hard- and Software Thin Clients from IGEL through the Universal Management Suite (UMS). Continue reading “IGEL UD Pocket – Micro Universal Desktop Thin Client”

OneDrive Roaming with FSLogix

The big announcement when FSLogix released their latest build of FSLogix Apps and the corresponding FSLogix Office 365 Container solution in version 2.7 was the support of Outlook Search on XenApp. But wait, there is more! For the first time the guys over at FSLogix managed to support OneDrive in non-persistent VDI deployments.

The big announcement when FSLogix released their latest build of FSLogix Apps and the corresponding FSLogix Office 365 Container solution in version 2.7 was the support of Outlook Search on XenApp. But wait, there is more! For the first time the guys over at FSLogix managed to support OneDrive in non-persistent VDI deployments. Continue reading “OneDrive Roaming with FSLogix”

How-to migrate from Citrix XenServer 7 to Nutanix AHV

To migrate your existing VMs from XenServer 7 to Nutanix AHV there are a couple of steps required. You have to prepare the source VMs, identify the VHD files, move the VHD to a Nutanix Container, import the disk images and re-create the VM in Nutanix Prism.

To migrate your existing VMs from XenServer 7 to Nutanix AHV there are a couple of steps required. You have to prepare the source VMs, identify the VHD files, move the VHD to a Nutanix Container, import the disk images and re-create the VM in Nutanix Prism. Continue reading “How-to migrate from Citrix XenServer 7 to Nutanix AHV”

Graphics-accelerated virtual desktops in education – a boost for the user’s virtual workspace

In education there is more than just the basic task worker workloads such as Office. Students and faculty users have an increasing demand for multimedia content and heavier graphic applications in their daily digital learning requirements – this is where our VDI setup has to keep pace and deliver the best user experience possible. Our goal is that the user will see no difference between his virtual and physical workspace.

With the release of Windows 10 and Server 2016 we are planning to upgrade our existing Citrix XenDekstop based VDI environment. At the same time we are testing how GPU would improve the user experience since more and more applications and the new operating systems itself can benefit from GPU acceleration. Continue reading “Graphics-accelerated virtual desktops in education – a boost for the user’s virtual workspace”