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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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”

Nutanix CE Early Access: Asterix EA3 released

Nutanix has released a first tech preview of the upcoming AOS 5.0 (aka Asterix) release. The bits can be downloaded on the Nutanix Community Edition forum. To download the install or upgrade images you need to be a registered member.

Nutanix has released a first tech preview of the upcoming AOS 5.0 (aka Asterix) release. The bits can be downloaded on the Nutanix Community Edition forum. To download the install or upgrade images you need to be a registered member.

According to John Kohler there will be over 60 major new features, 200 sub-features, and over 2900 misc commits, bug fixes and minor improvements. Not all of these apply to CE, as there will be new stuff for the ESX, Hyper-V, and now XenServer customers. Yes Nutanix and Citrix have announced there will be the choice of XenServer on Nutanix in the future. Continue reading “Nutanix CE Early Access: Asterix EA3 released”