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 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 installation bundle from the Foundation download page. Run applet and you should see new blocks discovered, like on the printscreen below.


Foundation java applet

Nutanix Foundation – java applet

Step 1 – you have to choose nodes\blocks for imaging


Nutanix Foundation – choose nodes to image

In Step 2 – define cluster – provide necessary information for cluster configuration


Nutanix Foundation – cluster configuration

Step 3 – assign host names, IP addresses for hypervisor , CVMs – to proceed click validate network button


Nutanix Foundation – IP addresses

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

Foundation -

Nutanix Foundation – choose ABS and hypervisor version

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:

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).

  • Ian Wright

    We’re having issues getting the tool to discover our Nutanix nodes. We have a switch (off our network) and given the nodes and our laptop an ip on the same subnet , and have ipv6 enabled on the laptop and it is not seeing the nodes. Are we missing a prereq???

    • Hi Ian,
      What AOS version you have on nodes? Do you have any FW enabled on your laptop? Can you ping nodes from laptop? What hardware model you have?

      • Ian Wright

        I’m not sure what version is currently on it by default. Yes the windows firewall is enabled (and something I brought up to my coworker). Yes we can ping the nodes. And 1065s is the model, it was purchased under the new remote office offering.

        • if it was shipped directly from factory, it has to be AOS 4.6.X. So java applet should be able to discover nodes. Are you using online or offlince foundation applet? Do you use VLANs?

          • Ian Wright

            Offline foundation, we have it hooked up to a cisco switch and set static ips. Support told my coworker to get a dummy switch, so I think he is going to run to best buy and grab one.

          • that was my next suggestion, dummy, 50$ switch, should help here. If you can, try one more time with online foundation applet.

          • Ian Wright

            well a dumb switch didn’t fix it, but what did was a laptop with our our company image on it. So some GPO, or Cisco ISE setting or something was blocking it.

            Thanks for your help!

          • thanks for sharing solution

  • sksa

    Well, I have the same problem as Ian. I’m trying on Lenovo HX3310 (release el6.nutanix.20160217.2), the servers are hooked to Lenovo G8124, ports are configured as trunk with native vlan set to the Host/CVM vlan.
    The offline java applet doesn’t discover anything.., I tried setting up the network with “nutanix-network-crashcart” on one of the nodes and the opened the X.X.X.X:8000/gui page, but foundation is not able to discover the other nodes, only itself.

    I tried to ping IPv6 link-local addresses of all hosts and CVM from my machine and it works but no discovery occurs!

    • Are you building new cluster or expanding existing one? Have you tried to ping nodes from Workstation? Do you have IPV6 enabled on Workstation?

      • sksa

        The issue has been solved. It appears that with Lenovo HX and Dell XC Series you need to connect both 1Gb and 10Gb NICs not just the 10Gb NICs