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Just started to discover the Infrastructure Invisible with Nutanix using the free community edition, Thought the first step is to deploy it on my machine using the VMware Workstation 11 , And really got benefit from an article written by Joep Piscaer to build it up.

Let’s Start…

Step 0 – Registration

Register and download the NutanixCE.

http://www.nutanix.com/products/community-edition/register/

Review The Minimum System Requirements for Community Edition:

Servers 1, 3 & 4 servers

CPU Intel CPUs, 4 cores minimum, with VT-x support

Memory 16GB minimum

Storage Subsystem RAID 0 (LSI HBAs) or AHCI storage sub-systems

Hot Tier (SSD) One SSD per server minimum, ≥ 200GB per server

Cold Tier (HDD) One HDD per server minimum, ≥ 500GB per server

Networking Intel NICs

Step 1 – Prepare the binaries

  1. Extract the ce-2015.06.08-beta.img from the archive

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2. Rename the ce-2015.06.08-beta.img to ce-flat.vmdk

3. Download the disk descriptor file from here , rename it to ce.vmdk

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Step 2 – Prepare the VM

1. Create a [Custom] Virtual Machine

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2. Set the VM Hardware Compatibility to [workstation 11.0]

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3. Select [I will install the operating System later] , as we are going to use the downloaded image file.

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4- Set the Guest OS to [Linux] , [CentOS 64-bit]

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5. Set the name of the VM and the Location Folder which contains the [CE*.vmdk] Files

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6. Set the total processor core to [4]

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7. Set the total amount of memory to [16 GB]

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8. Select [Do Not use a network Connection] , Custom Network Connection will be added later.

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9. Set the I/O Controller to [LSI Logic]

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10. Set the Disk Type to [SATA] , this one will be used by the CE.VMDK File

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11. Select [Use an existing virtual disk]

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12. Select the ce.vmdk file.

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13. Review the settings and click Finish.

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14. Modify the VM Settings again to add the Hard Disks [200GB Cold Tier HDD , 500GB Hot Tier SSD] ,Network Adabter [Bridged] and the Virtualization Engine [VTx/EPT].

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Step 3 – Installation

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Optional: Modify the Pre-Requisite Checks for the installer, depending on your hardware.

1. login as ‘root’ (password ‘nutanix/4u’)

2. edit /home/install/phx_iso/phoenix/sysUtil.py

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Modify the SVM Requirments

SVM_GB_RAM = 16

Modify the SSD IOPS requirements

SSD_rdIOPS_thresh = 1000

SSD_wrIOPS_thresh = 1000

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Modify the CVM requirements

custom_ram = 12

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3. Save and return back to logon screen to start the installation as user [install]

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Select the Keyboard Layout and [Proceed]

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Assign Static IPs for the KVM Host & CVM.

Note: You need to scroll to the end of the End User License Agreement, otherwise the installation will be terminated.

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Once the installation is completed, you will receive a Success! Message. Press Enter to return to the logon screen.

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The Login banner shows the IP address of the CVM

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Step 4: Create the CVM Cluster

SSH into the IP of the CVM or SSH into the local-only 192.168.5.2 address from the KVM.

Login as ‘nutanix’ (password ‘nutanix/4u’) and run the cluster create command:

[cluster –s $CVM_IP –f create]

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After cluster creation, add a DNS server to the cluster. This is needed as the initial configuration in PRISM requires you to connect to the Nutanix Next Community.

[ncli cluster add-to-name-servers servers=8.8.8.8]

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Step 5: CVM Administration

1. Navigate to the PRISM using the CVM IP-address, the first screen is to create a new admin password.

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2. Re-enter the New password.

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3. Login with your NEXT account credentials.

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4. Now, you are into the PRISM.

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Happy PRISM Smile

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