Nutanix: Deploying Single-Node Nutanix Community Edition 5.18 on VMware vSphere 7 in Nested Mode – ISO Format and with AHV

Greetings friends, some time ago I showed you how to install Nutanix Community Edition using the ISO, but it is true that it gave some problems, you could not turn on VMs, and in the end, deploy it on VMware in a nested way, gave us many problems.

A few days ago, Nutanix surprised us with a new version, that if it works without any problem, in a very elegant and fast way, and with a surprise that I would like to try later. When you finish, you will be able to visualize a PRISM like this:

Downloading the Nutanix Community edition

We must log in at and go to the Nutanix Community section and then to Download Software. We will see there then a Post with the last image, as well as a Changelog with the improvements and functionalities:

When you click on Download, we will save it in our computer, in this blog we will use the new ISO version:

Deploy Nutanix Community Edition 5.18 (ISO) on vSphere 7 in images

Once we have the ISO image already downloaded, we will have to start creating the VM in our vSphere environment, but before that, let me remind you of the system requirements:

System requirements

Remember that we can launch a VM in Single-Node, as in this tutorial, or a cluster of 3 and 4 servers, for all of them we will have to have:

  • Intel CPUs, 4 cores minimum, with VT-x support enabled.
  • Memory 16GB minimum, I recommend 24GB, and to go well, 32GB.
  • Hot Tier (SSD) One SSD for each server minimum to install the Acropolis Hypervisor, ≥ 16GB.
  • Hot Tier (SSD) One SSD for each server minimum, ≥ 200GB per server.
  • Cold Tier (HDD) One SSD for each server minimum, ≥ 500GB per server.

We can always assign more disks, but these requirements are the minimum so that you do not give an error when installing. We can also use VMXNET3 for the network adapter without any problem.

The first thing to do is to log in to our vSphere Client HTML5, or to our ESXi and create a new VM:

We will select a name for the VM, in my case NUTANIX-CE-2020.09.16

The next step will be to select the Cluster or Host where we want this Nutanix nested to run:

Now we will select the Storage where we want to store the VM, we are going to select an SSD, although later we will give it a more personalized touch:

We will select that we want compatibility with ESXi7 or higher:

We will select for the OS that is type Other, and then Other 64bit, and in the name, we will put Nutanix, but this last one is optional:

The time has come to give it the personalized touch so that everything works, from top to bottom, let’s start:

We will have to have 4vCPU or more, and very important, mark the option of Hardware virtualization:

For RAM, 16GB is the minimum, but in my case, I have selected a little more since it is a Single-Node:

In the Disk Controller we will have to eliminate it, and create one of the type SATA:

We will give to the main disk, where Acropolis 16GB of space will be installed, remember that it is on SSD, in addition, we will add another SSD of 200GB and a SATA disk of 500GB:

For the ISO, we will select the new Nutanix Community Edition 5.18 ISO and map it:

At Networking level, I recommend VMXNET3 whenever possible, and in Nutanix Community Edition it is possible, so there is no excuse:

Once we have everything to our liking, we can observe the summary to do a double check before passing the next step:

Installation of Nutanix Community Edition 5.18

When I start the VM, it goes straight to the point, I have not had time to select anything:After a few seconds, a new Nutanix configuration screen will appear, where we will have to enter:

  • The type of display we want, whether ESXi or AHV!
  • The disk configuration, being able to select which one we want for what purpose.
  • The network configuration, one for the Hypervisor Acropolis itself and another for the virtual machine of CVM
  • We will mark it as a Single-Node
  • We will add a DNS server, read the EULA, and mark that we have read it:

Note: If we mark the option of single-node, when it starts for the first time the CVM will create the cluster automatically and it takes of the order of 10/15 minutes, give it time.

We can follow the installation process in the console:

After a few minutes, we will have our Nutanix Community Edition installed:

Nutanix Community Edition 5.18 configuration

Once we make the restart of the VM, we will see the typical splash of Nutanix, with the build number:

Remember that we have two IPs, the Acropolis one and the CVM one. Once we have pinged the CVM, we must login through SSH and create the cluster with the services. In my case, it is all single-node, but the idea is to create a cluster of more nodes in the following posts.

  • CVM Username: nutanix / Acropolis Username: root
  • Password: nutanix/4u

If we have selected a single-node in the previous configuration, this step is not necessary, after about five minutes it creates the cluster automatically. Create the cluster with the following command if you have not selected single-node, where the IP is the IP you have selected for your CVM: We will change the default user and password:

We will also need an official account in the Nutanix community to log in:

Finally and for curiosity, I have created a Linux VM to see if I had to do something in the BIOS, etc. But luckily, this is the first time that Nutanix gives us an image in which we don’t have to configure absolutely anything:

That’s it friends, a great Nutanix release, and all in luxury.

Author: jorgeuk

Father, writing in and Blogger, Systems Engineer @veeam - vExpert 2014/2020 & NTC 2018/19

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