Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor for beginners series – AHV

Posted by on December 7, 2015 in Nutanix | 4 comments

I started my life in IT with MS-DOS and then moved into Windows when that became a thing. Then the wonders of VMware were introduced to me about a decade ago and I never looked back. Along the way, I have had limited exposure to Linux and related systems and it was always something that I wanted to learn more about, but other things always came first.

Since joining Nutanix recently, I will be learning a lot more about the Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) offering that is built from KVM roots. This will be a new challenge for someone with my background and I’m looking forward to it. To help others with a similar background, I thought that a series of blog posts covering topics on getting started and operational tasks would be a good place to begin. These posts should help others that are new to virtualization or are experienced with VMware vSphere or Hyper-V already.

In the upper right margin of each post is an index of the posts in this series for easier access.


Creating networks on AHV

Configuring HA on AHV

Live Migration on AHV

Migrate VMs from vSphere to AHV

Managing VMs on AHV

Monitoring VMs on AHV

Image Service

Creating VMs on AHV

Using the Acropolis CLI (ACLI)

Upgrading AHV Hosts to new version


If there are other topics that you would like to see, drop me a note in the comments or via another method and I’ll consider it. If this series is well received I may do an Advanced AHV series at a later date.



About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design


  1. Backning up VMs on AHV

    Only option (image based) I’m aware of is Comvault. This area is the biggest showstopper for customers to go to AHV.

    • I’m not sure if Comvault is ready yet either, but they will likely be the first to market. Seems like other vendors are still ignoring KVM for backups, was a problem for Hyper-V also in the past. Limited choice and backup agents will be the method in the short term while others wait for enough demand.

  2. Brian, this is exactly what I have been looking for. We are in the POC phase with Nutanix, and this article is helping me avoid a lot of mis-steps.

    • Hey Mike, I might be coming to visit your place soon. If you have any questions reach out to me directly, happy to help. I’ve got to get this blog series completed also.

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