Shutdown Nutanix

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If you running vSphere on Nutanix, and want to shutdown all nodes in Nutanix, here is the step:

  1. Shutdown all your VMs (except CVM)
  2. Stop Cluster (SSH to CVM and running “cluster stop” command)
  3. Login to ESXi/vCenter
  4. Shutdown CVM (Shutdown Guest)
  5. Enter Maintenance Mode (ESXi)
  6. Shutdown ESXi

Power on Nutanix Cluster:

  1. Power on ESXi Server
  2. Exit Maintenance Mode
  3. Power on CVM
  4. Start Cluster (SSH to CVM and running “cluster start” command)
  5. Ensure all ESXi can see Datastore
  6. Power on VMs



Upgrade Foundation 3.0 to 3.0.1

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  1. Open the Foundation VM on your workstation.
  2. Download the Foundation upgrade bundle (foundation-version#.tar.gz) from the support portal to a convenient location.
  3. Enter the following commands:
    $ pkill foundation
    $ cd /home/nutanix/foundation/bin
    $ ./foundation_upgrade -t <path>/foundation-version#.tar.gz
    $ sudo service foundation_service restart

Check your Foundation, should be like this:



Nutanix Foundation 3.0 Part 1

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The Nutanix Foundation is a tool to completely bootstrap, deploy and configure a bare-metal Nutanix cluster from start-to-end with minimal interaction in matter of minutes. The tool will request the ISO for Nutanix NOS (Phoenix) and the ISO for your preferred hypervisor.

Download the Phoenix from Nutanix Portal.


Then extract it.


Open VMware Fusion or VMware Workstation then Import.


Choose The Files (Foundation 3.0)


Click Continue


Once it is done, click Finish then Power On.



Deployment of Foundation 3.0 VM is finish.

Next we will continue..

Nutanix 24,000-Mailbox Virtualized Exchange Server 2013 Mailbox

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Nutanix have published the industry’s first hyperconverged ESRP result – 24,000 mailboxes on a Nutanix NX-8150-based system based on the Microsoft Exchange Solution Reviewed Program (ESRP) – Storage program*.

*The ESRP – Storage program was developed by Microsoft Corporation to provide a common storage testing framework for vendors to provide information on its storage solutions for Microsoft Exchange Server software.

Here is information on the published Nutanix ESRP solution:

  • 24,000 mailboxes
  • 0.05 IOPS (0.06 IOPS tested for additional 20% headroom)
  • 1.0GB per mailbox
  • 6 Exchange Servers (3-node setup tested in a 4-node Nutanix cluster)
  • 4 databases per host with 2,000 users per database
  • Guest VMs running on Windows Server 2012 R2 on Nutanix (NOS 4.1.2)
  • Nutanix CVM to Hyper-V using SMB 3.0
  • Guest VMs using SCSI

24K Mailbox

Nutanix NX-8150 4 node cluster with Nutanix OS 4.1.2
Compute per node: E5-2690v2, 20 cores / 3.0 GHz with 256 GB of RAM o Raw storage:

Per node:
SSD: 3.2 TB (4x 800 GB)
HDD: 20 TB (20x 1 TB)

System (4-node per cluster,):
SSD: 12.8 TB (16x 800 GB)
HDD: 80 TB (80x 1 TB) o Networking:

Per node:
2x 10Gbps Ethernet ports with Jumbo Frames

System (using 4-node):
8x 10Gbps Ethernet ports with Jumbo Frames


Nutanix System Best Practices

This solution design follows these best practices:

  • The Nutanix cluster is configured in an N+1 manner for node level failover operations.
  • Three para-virtual SCSI (pvscsi) connections from theWindows 2012 R@ Hyper-V instance to controller virtual machine (CVM) are utilized.
  • The Exchange database and logs are placed in the same vdisk.
  • Nutanix replication factor of 2, plus two database copies provides resiliency with four total copies of the Exchange data.
  • NTFS file systems formatted at 64KB allocation size.


Citrix Validated Solutions for Nutanix

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Citrix created the Validated Solution (CVS) as a fully tested, end-to-end design that describes a complete solution for Citrix Hosted Virtual Desktops and Hosted Shared Desktops. Starting with a validated solution and using a structured delivery methodology can facilitate rapid deployment and eliminate the performance and sizing-related risks associated for both deploying persistent and non-persistent virtual desktops in pilot and production.

The hardware used for the CVS is Nutanix NX-3060 nodes, which consists of 20 core Intel Xeon Ivy Bridge CPU processors, 256GB RAM and a mix of SSD and HDD storage.

Two CVS for Nutanix were tested:

  • Hosted Virtual Desktops (HVD) for up to 1,000 individual XenDesktop Hosted Virtual Desktops running Windows 7 Enterprise x64. Users can remotely connect to their own desktops from a pooled or dedicated group, depending on the deployment model used.
  • Hosted Shared Desktops (HSD) for up to 1,000 individual user sessions running XenDesktop Hosted Shared Desktops on Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Session (RDS) Hosts. By using published desktops on the RDS hosts, users are presented with an interface similar to the Windows 7 look and feel, each running in a separate session.

Citrix CVS NX

The two configurations were extensively tested using the Login VSI Virtual Session Indexer (VSI), an industry standard tool for user / session benchmarking. The “medium” VSI workload setting, simulating the average office worker during normal activities, was used for testing with excellent results.

Learn more about the Citrix Validated Solution Technical Summary for the CVS for Nutanix.

Nutanix certified for SAP

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Nutanix has announced a global partnership with SAP, which will allow customers to use Nutanix web-scale infrastructure solutions to run business-critical SAP applications. These include enterprise resource management (ERP), business warehouse, customer relationship management (CRM) and more. The Nutanix Xtreme Computing Platform (XCP), a leading hyperconverged infrastructure solution certified for SAP applications, is now on the supported hardware list for the SAP NetWeaver® technology platform.

More info you can find in Nutanix Blog:


Nutanix 3450 up to half million IOPs with single block

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Cool blog by Andre Leibovici.

Single blocks of NX3450 can generate >400,000 IOPS!!!

Check out his blog at