Nutanix Technology Champion

Every year Nutanix opens registrations to their Nutanix Technology Chamption (NTC) program. This program recognizes Nutanix enterprise cloud experts for their ongoing and consistent contributions to the community and industry. Nutanix Technology Champions are Nutanix advocates and technology ambassadors who influence change with practical advice, and bold ideas. It’s comparable to the VMware vExpert and Microsoft MVP programs, to name a few. There’s a few benefits of being an NTC, some of which are: Early access briefings about Nutanix products and announcements Access to private betas and insight into ongoing product development Participation in exclusive meetings with engineering teams Access…

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Moving Nutanix Cluster to a new Data Center

I recently went through the process of moving our Nutanix cluster to a new Data Center. Usually this sort of activity is what people dread given that traditional 3-tier infrastructure is so large and complex, however seeing as that this is a Nutanix cluster I’m talking about, it was a piece of cake! There is a couple of things I had to be aware of before beginning the move and there was a few things I ran into post move that I wanted to document for myself and for anyone else that might be undertaking the same activity that runs…

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Curator Scan Status Failing in Prism

I recently moved our Nutanix Cluster to a new Data Center. After I completed the move and brought the Nutanix cluster back online Prism was generating a Critical alert basically telling me that the Curator Scan hadn’t run in the last 24 hours. Here’s the exact alert: I wasn’t too concerned with this alert because I knew the reason this alert was triggered was because my cluster was off while we moved it. I assumed that in time, Curator would run a partial scan (or full scan) again and the alert would go away. However because I wanted to make…

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XenApp and Server 2016 – Black Screen at Login

I’m currently building a new Citrix environment at my place of work and thought that seeing as we are going for a fresh start I may as well use the latest versions of Citrix and Windows. So I started building a new Citrix VDA for shared desktop use on Windows Server 2016 with Citrix XenDesktop 7.13. I came across an issue almost immediately where at login, there was a black screen presented to the user between when logon processing finished and the users desktop was presented. This black screen would vary in length lasting sometimes up to 20 seconds before…

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Skype Room System and Surface Hub Accounts in a Hybrid Setup

At my workplace, we recently purchased a couple of Surface Hubs and a Crestron RL2 Skype Room System to play with and integrate into the business. One issue I came across that took a while to figure out was how to correctly set up a hybrid account for these devices to use. After fiddling with the accounts and trying various setups I finally managed to get the configuration correct so thought I should document that process for my own benefit more than anything but also in case someone else is struggling to get accounts configured for these types of devices….

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Moving a Nutanix Block

We recently went through an exercise to move our Nutanix blocks to a new Data center. I wanted to document this process for myself as it is very different to shutting down your regular pizza box server and moving the kit. There is a little more to think about and do prior to moving the kit when you are working with Nutanix. Here is the process I followed which worked well for me. Shut down any guest VM’s on the Nodes Stop the cluster (process described here) Shut down all nodes in the cluster (in our case these were VMWare…

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Restarting a CVM

In the world of Nutanix, Controller VMs (CVMs) are king. They are key to the whole solution. So when the time comes in which you need to restart a node or a CVM you should probably take a little care and do it properly. You don’t want to have it all go all banana on you and then leave you with a broken CVM. Its probably best to point out here that before you do ANYTHING, call Support. They are there for a reason and are very good at their job. However, if you want to do this yourself, read…

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