So in my last post I gave the address of where to get the nice and free bits to play with:
At the moment there is no ISO to download, so we have to go with the manual installation. This is not so hard but we have to take a few extra steps.
Extract the image and rename it to ce-flat.vmdk. Then you have to make a descriptor file, VMware got you covered here: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/1002511
This is rather a long post so here is a little shortcut. All credits to: https://www.virtuallifestyle.nl !
Create a text file with the name ce.vmdk and copy this in the file:
# Disk DescriptorFile version=1 encoding="UTF-8" CID=a6fec276 parentCID=ffffffff isNativeSnapshot="no" createType="vmfs" # Extent description RW 14540800 VMFS "CE-flat.vmdk" # The Disk Data Base #DDB ddb.adapterType = "lsilogic" ddb.geometry.cylinders = "905" ddb.geometry.heads = "255" ddb.geometry.sectors = "63" ddb.longContentID = "7cd3219978337481ae6b4edaa6fec276" ddb.uuid = "60 00 C2 94 64 30 98 a0-5d 85 e3 5b e8 b7 c5 e5" ddb.virtualHWVersion = "14"
Then save both files to a datastore on your VMware environment.
And now we start! So fire up your VMware web client and let’s roll.
You better install this on SSD storage for best performance!
Pick a Linux version (Cent OS will also do ;-))
There are a few settings to be made:
CPU: minimal 4 Cores
Expose hardware assisted virtualization to the guest OS
Enable virtualized CPU performance counters
I/O MMU enabled
RAM: minimum of 16GB –> My minimum is 24GB 😉
The add a existing hard disk and point it to the ce.vmdk file you uploaded! So first remove the already added disk and replace it.
Then add 2 Thin Provisioned disks, 200GB – Hot Tier and 500GB – Cold Tier.
And let it go and create the machine.
Power it on.
I had to choose the Rescue version. The other one did not work for the installation.
This was my picture when I didn’t choose the Rescue install ;-(
Let’s try this one.
This looks good.
Type ‘install‘ and let the installation begin.
And 2 IP addresses. The Best Practice from Nutanix is that these addresses are in the same sub-net!
You have to scroll all the way through the EULA. Didn’t do that? Well…
And off we go!
First run was not good, second run I came to this field: SUCCESS
You have to make a adjustment in VMware otherwise you can’t login to the CVM (the hart of the Nutanix eco-system!)
Set: ‘Promiscuous Mode’
Services are starting!
This is the CommunityEdition so registration is Mandatory!
And there is the management console of Nutanix named PRISM.
And the system is up-and-running. Jippie!
Problems? Feel free to contact me 🙂