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Nutanix Cluster Initialization

I was given a Nutanix cluster with 2 blocks (8 nodes) to learn about the product, features and interoperability. During the installation and configuration process  I recorded a video to demonstrate how simple and easy Nutanix really is.
 
In the first video of this series I demonstrated how I quick switched Nutanix Hyper-V to vSphere. This second video demonstrates how to create a brand new cluster and how Nutanix uses IPv6 Neighbor Discovery Protocol (Bonjour) to identify nodes and blocks available to initialize a cluster. Yet in this video you will have a glimpse of the beautiful Nutanix UI, called PRISM.
 
In my next video I will demonstrate how to configure the Nutanix cluster and create the first storage container. Keep tuned!
 
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This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at myvirtualcloud.net.

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  1. Josh Sinclair

    How did you get the bonjour services to actually work in Windows? What version of windows are you using / IE version? The bonjour setup has never worked for me unless I use a Mac. It is a little frustrating because my preferred method of deployment would be to just have blocks shipped out to the site and then drop a VM in the VLAN to run the cluter_init.

  2. Andre Leibovici

    Hi Josh, you need to install Bonjour Print Services for Windows.
    You may download it from http://support.apple.com/kb/dl999

  3. Josh Sinclair

    I have the Bonjour services installed, they have just never worked in our environment. We’re using windows 8.1 / IE 11 and I haven’t had time to set up a lab and try the different versions of IE, which is why I was curious what version you are using in that demo.

  4. Andre Leibovici

    Josh, I have never tried with Windows 8.x and I was using Windows 7 for the video demo I recorded. If Bonjour is supported by Apple with Windows 8.x it should work. Maybe also try using Chrome browser.

  5. comotoza

    Am I right thay Nutanix should write Random on SSD to OpLog, Sequential to HDD. Why in none guide i’ve seen that i should change I/O Order?

    default settings:
    ncli> tier get-default-io-priority-order
    Default Random IO Priority Order (High to Low):
    SSD-PCIe, SSD-SATA, DAS-SATA
    Default Sequential IO Priority Order (High to Low):
    SSD-PCIe, SSD-SATA, DAS-SATA

    ncli> ctr list
    ID : XXX
    Name : XXX
    Storage Pool ID : XXX
    Max Capacity : 11.35 TB (12,482,650,258,632 bytes)
    Reserved Capacity : 0 bytes
    Replication Factor : 2
    NFS Subnet Whitelist :
    VStore Name(s) : DemoContainer
    Random I/O Pri Order : SSD-PCIe,SSD-SATA,DAS-SATA
    Sequential I/O Pri Order : SSD-PCIe,SSD-SATA,DAS-SATA
    Oplog Configured : true
    Oplog Highly Available : true
    Advanced Oplog Parameters : RF=2, Stripes=1, Synch-Write=false
    Compression : on
    Compression Delay : 0 mins
    Fingerprint On Write : on

  6. Andre Leibovici

    comotoza,

    Yes, you are correct. The OpLog is stored on the SSD tier on the CVM to provide extremely fast write I/O performance, especially for random I/O workloads. For sequential workloads the OpLog is bypassed and the writes go directly to the extent store (HDD).

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