Nutanix „As Built Guide“

For us Partner, Nutanix has build a „Cluster Deployment Service Kit“, in this Kit are some diffrent tools like the „As Built Guide“. This tool is the Topic today.

In my opinion this tool is very underrated and the most engineer do not know about this tool.

You find the „Cluster Deployment Service Kit“ in the Nutanix Partner Portal (, there you can search and download the Service Kit. Here the Directlink to Nutanix.

When you unzip the file, you have following folders and files:

under „Automation/As_Built_Documenter/“ you find one zip file for Windows and one for OSX.

Change to the directory where the zip file is extracted.

For Windows User:

generate_document.exe -c "CompanyName" -n <Nutanix cluster IP>

For OSX User:

./generate_document -c "CompanyName" -n <Nutanix cluster IP>

then you have to provide a Cluster Username/Password and Voilà…

Itˋs generate a built document in „.docx“ format. Attached some screenshots from the Document.

Hopefully this post will help someone of you 😉


Nutanix File Analytics DNS change

During the installation of Nutanix File Analytics I made a mistake and enter a wrong DNS server. Because of this, an error occurs during the configuration because he cannot resolve the domain.

So how can I change the DNS without reinstalling everything?

For this Nutanix have written a Script and this Script is already on the FAVM (File Analytics Virtual Maschine).

With the default SSH User „nutanix“ and the default password „nutanix/4u“ is it possible to connect to the FAVM over SSH.

Now we can use the „“ Script.

sudo bash /opt/nutanix/ <ipofdns1,ipofdns2>

Use your DNS Server IP Adresse instead of <ipofdns1,ipofdns2>. After the script has run we can check the DNS with a easy „cat“.

cat /etc/resolv.conf

After that the DNS is changed and we are able to finish the configuration of our File Analytics.

We hope this Post will help someone of you 😉


Whats in my Bag for Nutanix .NEXT 2018 in…

Hello everybody,

the .NEXT 2018 in London is my second visit to a Nutanix .NEXT. On my first visit in 2017 in Nice, I was very „fresh“ in the NTNX World. But the .NEXT in Nice was so nice (yess wordplay) and informative so I’ve decided, this .NEXT will be not the last .NEXT that i attend.

Now back to the topic… I travel to London with only carry-on baggage, I choose to use my Pacsafe Camsafe V25. This Bag is small enough for a carry-on baggage and big enough for all my Stuff for four days. Usually i use this bag for my dslr but you can easy remove the modular dividers to have enough place for your clothes. Also this bags are very safe, they have smart zipper and the whole bag have a steel wire mesh in the fabric, so nobody have a chance to cut off the bag or cut a hole in the bag.

With me, I take my Canon DSLR 6D with a EF-40mm, so the DSLR is very compact and I have a great Qualitiy. I also take my Nintendo Switch with me for the flight and some small Powerbank from Anker (a great brand). Some Power adapter are necessary for an Austrian Guy in the UK ;-). For my Notes at the .NEXT I use my Ipad 2018 with the Apple Pencil V1, an expensive tool, but i think it has the best experience to write on a tablet.

At last but not least, I have some funny stickers and some clothes with me or should I say some NTNX Swag ? 🙂

So I will see you at the .NEXT in London!


Nutanix: AHV(Hypervisor) Upgrade stuck on Nutanix CE Cluster

Hello everybody,

in my LAB CE Cluster we run in following problem during Upgrade our AHV Version from 2018.01.31 to 2018.05.01.

We start the upgrade over the Upgrade Wizard from Prism… so far so good

but also after hours the AHV Upgrade are stuck..

after some genesis and cluster restarts the Upgrade failed with the error „Failed to revoke token from „x.x.x.x“, taken for reason…“

so we try again to run the AHV Upgrade over the „Upgrade Software“ Wizard from Nutanix, but again it stucks but on a another Subtask..

we have to dig deeper and we found out that we have a host that are in the maintenance mode.

to list all host we use the command „acli host.list“ or you use first only „acli“ to enter in the „acropolis“ cli and use only the „host.list“ command. (quicktipp in the acropolis cli you can use the tab 😉 )

with the command „host.exit_maintenance_mode x.x.x.x“ the host should exit the maintenance mode, but not in our case 🙁

we don´t find any solution also in the web, nobody have the same problem.. 🙁 so we decided to try a manually upgrade of the AHV Version with a new USB Stick Image -> the only way we have, to upgrade our AHV Version without data loss.

IMPORTANT: Our AOS Version was already at the 2018.05.01 Version. Only Upgrade your USB Image manually when you have the same AOS Version.

Because our CVM´s are on the SSD Storage no data or configuration should be lost after we upgrade manually the AHV Version. So i prepared three new USB-Stick with the new 2018.05.01 Version.

We shutdown our first CVM with the command „shutdown -h now“ and check the status on the AHV with the command „virsh list“ after a while the cvm are stopped. (sorry for the bad picture quality i was on the physical console)

after the CVM is stopped we change the USB-Stick and starting the install process from Nutanix CE. At the Point with the Install Options we choose the option „Repair Host (All data preserved)“

a few minutes later our new AHV are finish and the „old“ CVM is running and after a check all hosts are not longer in the maintenance mode and uptodate. 🙂




But wait.. our shitty Task are still at the Recent Task list.. 🙁

To delete this task follow the KB1217 Article from Nutanix.

On a CVM with the command „progress_monitor_cli -fetchall| egrep „entity_id|entity_type|operation““ you list only the important information that you need to delete the tasks.

With the command „progress_monitor_cli –entity_id=“6″ –entity_type=node –operation=upgrade_hypervisor -delete“ i delete every single task. (quicktip: write the operation,entitytype only lowercase)


And Done! We hope this Post will help someone of you 😉

Greetz diekolbs


Nutanix: Task in Prism is hanging

Nutanix: Task in Prism is hanging


**UPDATE: In the current AOS release, the task.update command has been removed / moved because the command is risky. Write me a PM when you need more Informations.

Hello everybody,

last time at the preparation of a customer Nutanix cluster we run in following problem. A prism task (in my case a reboot of the HV) was hanging over 48 hours.


Also after a restart of the complete cluster the task appear in prism. So we started to search for a soulution and find a KB Article in the Nutanix portal.

We tried the commands from the KB Article but without success. The task in prism remains.

So we tried some other commands and vollá our problem were solved. But how? Which commands we had used?

With the first command we checked wich task are in the running queue.

acli task.list limit=2500| grep -i running

After we identified our hanging task we can cancel the task. In our case it had the following id „ff1fa263-ca02-455e-b8e6-101a0532dd0e“. Now we can set the status of the task to aborted with „status=kAborted“.

acli task.update task_list=ff1fa263-ca02-455e-b8e6-101a0532dd0e status=kAborted

At last a short check with following command.

acli task.list limit=2500| grep -i running

Now the task should gone. 😉

This solved our problem, we hope this will help someone of you 😉

Greetz diekolbs

**UPDATE: In the current AOS release, the task.update command has been removed / moved because the command is risky. Write me a PM when need more Informations.



NEW Blog

Hello Everybody,

now my new blog have started. stay tuned.. in a few days the first article will apear.

Ciao Zämma