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Tech TopX: Prism Central 5.1 Features

Tech TopX: Prism Central 5.1 Features
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Have you ever wished that you could deploy a Prism Central instance from a Prism element with just one click and perform centralized AOS upgrades on a clusters from Prism Central itself? Well, guess what? With the new AOS 5.1 release you can do this.


Welcome to another video of Tech TopX, my name is Harsh, and I'm a SRE based out of the San Jose office. Today, we are going to take a look at the new features of Prism Central available in the 5.1 release, so let's go to Prism and check it out.

The first new feature of Prism Central in AOS 5.1, is the one-click Prism Central deployment in restoration. You can simply deploy and restore a new Prism Central instance from a Prism element web console.

The one-click prism central deployment feature is currently supported for ESXi and AHV hypervisors only. If yours is an AHV cluster like mine, make sure you have defined at least one network which you'll be using to assign a static IP to your new Prism Central instance.

Click on Prism Central register button on the home page. This will give you the option of connecting to an existing Prism Central instance or deploy a new one. Since you'd like to deploy a new Prism Central instance, I click on the second option. This will give you the options of available compatible versions that the cluster can download for you automatically from the internet. You could also manually download Binaries from a support portal if your cluster doesn't have outbound access it over here.

I'll go ahead and click on the latest version available, 5.1.2. Give an appropriate name to your Prism Central VM. A new container will be created with the same name as the Prism Central VM name. And the new Prism Central instance will reside on this container. Select the size of your Prism Central VM based on the number of VMs in your environment. Small is good in this case. Choose a Acropolis network you want your Prism Central VM on and configure the network settings.

If you want your cluster to register automatically to the new Prism Central VM on creation, clear the "disable auto-restoration" setting. Go ahead and click install.

You can tract the progress of your Prism Central instance deployment under the tasks. This will take 15 minutes, so I'll pause the video and be right back when it's done.

So you can see that a new Prism Central instance has been deployed and already registered with the Prism element. So let's go ahead and log on to our new Prism Central.

Use the default credentials of "admin" as username and "admin" as password to log-in to the new Prism Central instance for the first time. It will then prompt you to change your password to a complex one as per the security requirements.

Another feature that's new in the 5.1 Prism Central which I would like to talk about is that Pulse has now been extended to Prism Central. If you're not already aware, the Pulse feature provides clustered diagnostic system data to Nutanix support teams. When enabled, it sends Prism Central infrastructure and feature configuration information to Nutanix support. Just click "continue" to enable Pulse on Prism Central.

The third new feature in the 5.1 Prism Central is the one-click centralized upgrades from Prism Central. You can now upgrade AOS on some or all of the clusters registered to and managed by Prism Central. This upgrade procedure enables you to upgrade each managed cluster to a specific version compatible with Prism Central. To perform one-click centralized upgrades of a clusters, click on "explore." Here you will see a list of clusters that are managed by this Prism Central instance. You can do one-click upgrade for one or more clusters directly within the entity explorer. You can specify rolling upgrade in case of multiple clusters are selected. You can also change the order in which clusters you want to upgrade first.

One of the examples would be to upgrade your remote disaster recovery site first and then the local primary or production site. I just upgrade one of the clusters for now.

When you start the upgrade on your cluster it'll go the pre-upgrade checks like any other AOS upgrade and you can see this from your Prism element as well.

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