So previous to VMworld and also for MS Ignite I saw some people posting pictures of what would be in their bag for those events. Since I have always been a bad copycat I decided to make a post like that myself for Nutanix .Next Europe that I will be attending. Since it’s still some weeks to go the list might change a bit but this is the core of what i will be bringing.
My day to day laptop is an HP Probook 440 G4 it by defaults comes with an 128GB NVME and has an extra 500Gb SSD added to it with 16Gb of ram. This is plenty for me and when I want I am always able to run a couple of VM’s. It has an USB-C port but sadly HP made sure it can’t be charged over that 🙁 It does have a regular USB port that gives some more power to charge my phone. When doing simple office work it has a battery life of about 6-7 hours so for most convention days I only need to charge it overnight. With 14 inch it has a nice size and the weight is also low enough.
this smart talky talky thing is a Samsung A5 2017 and yes the screencover needs to be replaced. Again it goes a very long time on the battery, only when i get distracted by Boom Beach it goes down a lot faster. From my employer I have a Samsung S4 mini, this makes phone calls, does whatsapp and the mail and that’s about it.
To keep the rotten sounds out and the good sounds in my ear I use the Sony MDR-ZX770BN. Since in ear buds always give my headaches I went with this over ear set that i got recommended by a lot of folks in the community and I love it. it gives a lot of bang for the noise cancelling buck.
For the rest I have a supposedly (but who believes China?) Bubm DIS-L case fits all those goodies that normally would get lost in my backpack. It will be holding a battery pack (Xiaomi 10k for when i have played to much Boom Beach), Xiaomi Bluetooth mouse (Cheap, works perfect), USB stick, charging cables and whatever else I can think off. Xiaomi does have some good and cheap things to use it just takes a while before they arrive from China.
Wait, a travel adapter? You’re form The Netherlands just use your normal plugs! Yes I will be using those but this is an ideal travel adapter. The Powercube Rewireable USB isn’t a normal adapter. This cube uses a normal C14 cable or one of the plugs that come with it for other countries. So for France a normal power cable is all it takes to give me four power outlets + two 2A USB ports. Ideal for when you are travelling.
Today Nutanix has released the Xtract for VM’s product. With this tool you will finally be able to directly move your existing vSphere infrastructure to the Nutanix Cloud platform on AHV without any 3rd party tooling or workarounds.
Previously there where several ways to move from ESXi to AHV. The first way was to use 3rd party tooling like starwind to convert the disks. The other ways where completely manual by adding existing disks to new VM’s, use the cross hypervisor DR functionality or in place ESXi > AHV conversion if both clusters where already running on Nutanix. While these are tested and well documented scenario’s, there was no easy way to just test this and it could require a large maintenance window with a lot of manual actions. Rolling back could be a pita as well so it might end up being a costly effort.
In the spring Nutanix already announced Xtract, a tool that would solve all these headaches for you. With it you can schedule the migration and it will insert the required drivers and network settings for you. This results in a migration with hardly any downtime. You can setup the sync from ESXi to AHV wel advance so it is possible to test the complete migration procedure well in advance of the final cutover.
Release of new Nutanix tool called Xtract for Vm’s that efficiently and safely automates the move of your vm’s from ESXi to AHV.
Do you want the short answer or the long answer?
The real story:
- After doing several Acropolis (CVM) & NCC (Health check) upgrades before on my customer’s Nutanix clusters today was the first time to do an actual hypervisor upgrade. Since we run everything on VMware we wanted to go from 5.5u2 to 6.0u2. The first things to do is to check all compatibility charts and with Acropolis at 4.6.4 and NCC at 2.2.8 we had green lights all over the board.
- What I always do first before doing anything is running a health check. Since NCC 2.2 you can run some of the checks parallel to save some time:
ncc health_checks run_all -parallel=4
- After the check and make sure DRS is set on automated and vSphere HA is turned on as it should otherwise you won’t be updating anything!
- Next up is heading to Prism, no we’re not doing any cli work when a GUI is better and just as fast!
- The first thing to do is upload the software (Offline bundle zip file from VMware.com and json file from Nutanix.com)
- Select Upload the hypervisor Binary
- Select the binary and the Json files and hit Upload Now
- When this is done hit the arrow besides the upgrade button and select the pre-check (the real upgrade also does this but it is never wrong to check twice!)
- Enter the IP of the vCenter (not DNS!) and credentials
- This won’t take long but if you get bored hit the Nothing do to button for a game of 2048 presented to you by our friends at Nutanix
- You might need to re-open the Software Upgrade but but somewhere it will be done now
- When this finishes successful it’s time to hit the real upgrade button
- You know what to do here right?
- The waiting game has started since there will be a lot of vMotion’s and reboots
- This it might be time for this again
- If you re-open the Software Upgrade bit it will show the versions of ESXi the cluster is now running
So actually creating this post took longer then the preparation and actions for the upgrade themselves. For me that was 5 minutes work in preparation and about 20 minutes per host for the upgrade itself.