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Can we change the hypervisor in Nutanix appliances?

  • 27 March 2022
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Hello,

We are buying a Nutanix Cluster of 3 nodes nx-3170-g8, but the management, also intending to buy vSphere 7 licenses thinking to replace the Hypervisor in the Nutanix boxes.

I would like to know, if this can be done? and if yes, what documents or procedures must be followed?

Thank you in advance,

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Best answer by Moustafa Hindawi 28 March 2022, 08:15

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Yes this can be done, we are running 2 Productive Nutanix Clusters based on NX-8155-G7 hardware with ESXi and vSphere as the Hypervisor running rock solid for for 3 Years now.
We also have another 2 Clusters running on AHV but they are online for a few months only, also no issues.

Unfortunately i don’t know the exact steps for installing Nutanix as our systems were preinstalled by out IT Partner to our specs and we received them fully configured. 
I assume however that the process should be similar to this:
How to Install Community Edition Episode 1 | Nutanix University - YouTube
In the video at 5:13 there is an option to choose ESXi or AHV. 
 

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Hello Lotfi,

Yes, it can be done very easy through Nutanix Foundation by re-imaging the nodes before creating the cluster.

 

Install Foundation App on Windows:

https://portal.nutanix.com/page/documents/details?targetId=Field-Installation-Guide-v5_2:fie-install-portable-foundation-app-windows-t.html

Upload ESXi ISO:

https://portal.nutanix.com/page/documents/details?targetId=Field-Installation-Guide-v5_2:fie-install-files-upload-to-foundation-vm-t.html

 

Step by Step: https://portal.nutanix.com/page/documents/details?targetId=Field-Installation-Guide-v5_2:Field-Installation-Guide-v5_2

Login to My.nutanix.com »  Support Portal » Documentation » Software Documentation » Foundation » Field Installation Guide

 

Best Regards,

Moustafa Hindawi