Migrate Windows 2008 R2 from vSphere to Nutanix Acropolis

Today, next part of my migration series – Migrate Windows 2008 R2 from vSphere to Nutanix Acropolis.

So far you could read and watch:


  • Nutanix Acropolis hypervisor (AHV) in at least  20150921 build
  • Nutanix NOS on at least 4.1.5.X, version 4.5.X preferable
Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor version

Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor version

  • Nutanix virtIO drivers – you can download it from Nutanix portal
  • Nutanix IO drivers installed on Windows 2008 R2
  • Mounted AHV container to vSphere
  • remove all snapshots from VM


  • Log in to Windows and set up san policy to online. After migration to Acropolis, all disks will become online after boot.
    • run CMD as Administrator and run:
      • diskpart
      • san policy = onlineall
      • exit
  • storage vMotion Windows server onto Nutanix Acropolis container
  • Shutdown Windows server
  • Log in to Prism Element and create new VM
  • Add new disk and make sure you choose:
    • TYPE: DISK
    • PATH: start with / and move on to container and VM folder to -flat.vmdk

Add disk into Acropolis VM

NOTE: repeat add disk procedure for all VM disks

  • add vNIC and connect it to proper vLAN

Post-Migration tasks

  • Power VM on
  • log in using console
  • set up IP address
  • remove VMware tools and any other VMware related software


Check out video below.

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).

  • jdemii

    Hi Artur, unfortunately it won’t let me install the virtio drivers because a SHA-2 related windows update is missing. After installing the update, it keeps saying it’s missing. Have you come across this before?

    • Hi, have you restarted server after patch installation?

      • jdemii

        Many times 🙂 In the end I added the disk as ide and installed the drivers manually from the iso. Then changed back to SCSI.