Nutanix basics – Nutanix Foundation – part 3
After almost 2 years since Nutanix basics – Nutanix Foundation – part 1 was published I decided to write Part 3. Since mid 2014 many things changed at Nutanix products, as well as Nutanix foundation changed too. As of today (3/15/2016) we have Foundation 188.8.131.52 standalone version and build in version into Acropolis software. So, today anyone, without special permissions in Nutanix portal can use Nutanix foundation to provision new cluster, re-image old cluster or expand existing clusters.
The only requirements are:
- Acropolis Base Software (former name NOS) on version 4.5 or newer
- workstation you are working from must be within the same subnet domain as your Nutanix blocks are
- IPv6 enabled on workstation
First what you have to do is download from portal.nutanix.com FoundationApplet-offline.zip installation bundle from the Foundation download page. Run applet and you should see new blocks discovered, like on the printscreen below.
Step 1 – you have to choose nodes\blocks for imaging
In Step 2 – define cluster – provide necessary information for cluster configuration
Step 3 – assign host names, IP addresses for hypervisor , CVMs – to proceed click validate network button
Step 4 – is last step is about to choose and upload hypervisor version and Acropolis version. In below example – I choose Microsoft Hyper-V and Hyper-v SKU
Once is done – click next to proceed and wait for foundation to complete a job. Time to complete depends on number of factors like network speed, number of node, hypervisor version. But usually takes from 45 minutes to 75 minutes.
If you have to use Acropolis Base Software in older version to re-image Nutanix kit – read my two part series about standalone foundation: