Nutanix Prism Central – Installation

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What’s Nutanix Prism Central.

It is point of monitoring, management and alerting for Nutanix clusters. From single console you can manage, monitor all Nutanix clusters. Nutanix Prism Central is virtual appliance based on Nutanix custom distribution of CentOS. The same CentOS build, like other Nutanix products, CVM – controller VM, Nutanix KVM – the only KVM version supported on Nutanix platform.

[box type=”info”] NOTE: do not confuse Nutanix Prism Central with Nutanix Prism. Nutanix Prism is management and monitoring console tightly integrated with Nutanix cluster. From Nutanix Prism you can manage single Nutanix cluster, from Nutanix Prism Central you can manage multiple Nutanix clusters. [/box]

Little bit off topic about KVM support on Nutanix. Nutanix supports only Nutanix custom KVM build, only. So, if you have Redhat KVM – it is not supported currently and there aren’t any plans to support in the future releases of Nutanix platform.

Nutanix Prism Central - diagram

Nutanix Prism Central – diagram

[box type=”info”] NOTE: you need at least Nutanix PRO software edition in order to register Nutanix cluster into Prism Central.[/box]

More about Nutanix software editions and their features you can find on Nutanix website.

The Nutanix Prism Central VM requires the following resources:

  • 1Gbps network
  • 256 GB virtual disk space
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 4 vCPU

[box type=”warning”] Note: Nutanix Prism Central in version 4.0 and 4.0.1 requires VMware vSphere ESXi hypervisor. It is not supported neither on Hyper-V nor KVM hypervisors.[/box]

The Nutanix Prism Central VM installation and configuration.

Nutanix Prism Central is available in OVA format directly from Nutanix support portal . Simple download on workstation package and deploy using vSphere Web client or standard vSphere client.

Deploy Nutanix Prism Central

Deploy Nutanix Prism Central

Start VM after deployment and log in with default username: nutanix and password: nutanix/4u on console. Switch to sudo and update hostname by editing below

and  set networking by editing

set IP address,  gateway and more – it sould look like below.

Restart VM or network services

After restart log in to Nutanix Prism Central VM over SSH with default username: nutanix and password: nutanix/4u and execute below command:

Where static_IP_address is IP address you assigned in previous steps. On the console you should see something similar to below:

And that’s it. Now you Nutanix Prism Central is ready for fist log in via Web UI. Got to http://nutanix_prism_central_IP:9440/ and log in with default username: nutanix and password: nutanix/4u


Nutanix Prism Central log on screen

Nutanix Prism Central log on screen

After deployment you can register first cluster into Nutanix Prism Central.


Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).