Mount Nutanix Acropolis container on ESXi server

Nutanix Acropolis OS supports several storage protocols like NFS, SMB3, iSCSI due to broad hypervisor support (Nutanix AHV, VMware vSphere, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V 2012R2). For migration purposes you can mount Acropolis container onto external system.

As an example, below is a quick guide on how to mount Nutanix Acropolis container on ESXi server.

NOTE: Mounting Nutanix Acropolis container to external system is supported only for migration purposes. It is not supported for PRODUCTION use.

  • Add IP address of ESXi host to Nutanix container white-list in format XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX/YYY.YYY.YYY.YYY – where X is for IP address and Y is for subnet (use 32 bit subnet)
    • Log in to Prism and navigate to Storage –> Container –> Mark “migration container” and click Update –>Advance settings –> scroll down to Whitelist -section

      Container whitelist

  • In vSphere client, click on ESXi host and add new NFS storage
    • In Server – provide CVM IP address
    • in Folder – /<AHV container name>
      NOTE: it is case sensitive
    • In datastore name – datastore name visible in vSphere inventory
  • That’s it. Now you should see new datastore in ESXi.


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).