The last few weeks I was invited to and involved with beta testing of the all new Google Cloud based Nutanix Test Drive running AOS. Previously it was hosted on Ravello and running on a version of the Community Edition. When you go to http://nutanix.com/testdrive just enter your details and you’ll be running in no-time. Please make sure that you copy the admin password from the next page. You should also receive an email with these credentials but you never know with the spam filters these days.
After this you can hit the start test drive button, accept the next certificate warning and you’re set to run the testdrive. Use admin as username and the provided password to log on.
First you will get a guided tour through the basic features and when you finish that you will probably have about an hour and 50 minutes of the original 2 hours left.
Personally I was amazed with the speed of the testdrive. I have no idea where it is hosted but it was full steam ahead from start to finish. The console you get is the basic Prism console for a cluster, not Prism Central that allows you to manage multiple clusters.
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.