Directly modifying ESXi host managed by vCenter Server

In the world of Nutanix HCI on vSphere, you sometimes do not have access to the vCenter Server, but you do have the root credentials of the ESXi host. However, when you try to make your changes, the ESXi host returns the message, “Access to resource settings on the host is restricted to the server that is managing it”.

There is one particular administrator task where this workaround comes into play: the Nutanix CVM resizing procedure to increase/decrease vCPU and RAM. I always forget the exact details of this workaround and then spend 30 minutes searching for it, so here it is. If this was a Production system, then obviously you would have an approved Change Request before you executed the workaround.

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#Nutanix #NEXTConf 2017 US Announcements

Today Nutanix announced three major products: Xi Cloud Services, Calm and Xtract.

Nutanix Xi Cloud Services

  • Native cloud extension to the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform.
  • This is a hybrid cloud play, not a public cloud play.
  • Xi DRaaS is the first service to be offered.
  • Initial service locations (4): Oakland and Santa Clara, CA and Ashburn, VA (2).
  • Nutanix is using Co-location with NX infrastructure to provide Xi Cloud Services. In the future GCP will provide Xi Cloud Services as well.
  • Targeting SMB and large-Enterprise ROBO customers.
  • Early Access Q4 2017, GA Q1 2018.

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Comtrade releases HYCU Data Protection for Nutanix AHV

Today, Comtrade Software has released version 1.0 of their HYCU (pronounced “Haiku” – yes, as in Japanese poetry) data protection solution that integrates natively with Nutanix AHV. I watched their demo and it does seem very easy to use and feature rich.

Currently, the only other options for Nutanix AHV Data Protection are CommVault IntelliSnap and the native Snapshot and Async-DR features of AHV. It also looks like Rubrik recently introduced support for Nutanix AHV as well with Rubrik Alta.

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Nutanix partners with IBM for non-x86 HCI

Nutanix has partnered with IBM to bring their Enterprise Cloud Platform software to the IBM Power System eco-system by supporting Acropolis and AHV on IBM OpenPOWER LC server hardware.

For those of you that wrestle with the transformation of non-x86 to x86 platforms, you will appreciate how this will simplify the consolidation process. In particular, this will allow you to simplify from an Application Transformation, Database or Guest OS migration to a Hypervisor/Hardware Migration. Which reduces risk, complexity, timeline and cost. The diagram below illustrates an example of non-x86 to x86 transformation.

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Nutanix .NEXT 2017 US registration is now open

nextconference Registration for Nutanix .NEXT 2017 in the US is now open. It will be held from 28 Р30 June, 2017, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Last year I really enjoyed Nutanix .NEXT 2016, it was a well organised event and I had some great conversations and was able to catch-up with the vCommunity.

I booked my trip last week and I will probably be there earlier that week to complete my NPX Panelist trainee requirements with the mid-year NPX Defences (date not finalised). Look forward to seeing you all there!