Nutanix Files 4.0 New Features: New GUI

  • 8 November 2021
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This blog series provides the new feature updates that have been GA’d through the Nutanix®️ Files™️ 4.0 release.

This is the second of four blogs to teach you about the new features in Nutanix Files 4.0.

We will update the other blogs as they are posted:

Nutanix Files has long been integrated into the core Nutanix AOS™️ software. File server deployments, share creation, upgrades, node expansions, and other core services are delivered using the same interface. This integration has been key to keeping Nutanix Files simple and intuitive so that any administrator, whether they are an expert in Network Attached Storage (NAS) or not, can easily manage Files and their entire Nutanix Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) environment.

While being tightly coupled to AOS is beneficial, differing product release cycles, along with delivering a file server centric interface, has driven a project to partially decouple Nutanix Files management from the Prism®️ Element management software. This decoupling started with the File Server Module (FSM), which for the past few releases has enabled incremental GUI changes independent from AOS.

With Files 4.0 release, the next phase of this process has delivered a separate GUI presented directly from the File Server Virtual Machines (FSVMs.)  This new interface provides several benefits including:

  • A file server centric interface
  • Faster product release cycles with fewer AOS dependencies
  • A Prism Central™️ based look and feel, for link and launch integration with Files Manager (FM)

File server deployments, scale-out operations and upgrades through the Nutanix Lifecycle Manager (LCM) will continue to be executed from Prism to provide a consistent infrastructure management experience. But file server specific operations like share creation and settings management, antivirus server configuration, file blocking and role management, among other items, will be executed from this new Nutanix Files console and API.

Files Console

Within Prism Element on the File Server page, you’ll find all of your deployed file server instances. From here you’ll be able to launch into the Files console for the server you’d like to manage. You’ll initially connect to the dashboard that gives you an overview of the instance including:

  • Capacity Summary
  • Performance Summary
  • File Server Health
  • Data Lens Status
  • Top Shares by Storage Used
  • Feature Status
  • Performance Recommendations

The monitoring page of the console gives you all of the metrics and performance charts for the file server including:

  • Storage Metrics
    • Usage
    • Open Connections
    • Number of Files
  • Performance Metrics
    • Latency
    • Throughput
    • IOPS
  • Antivirus Server Activity
  • FSVM Metrics

The shares page of the console give you complete share management including:

  • Share Creation and Deletion
  • Quota Policy
  • Share Settings Management:
    • Multiprotocol access
    • Self-Service restore
    • Inline compression
    • Share leve file blocking
    • In-flight encryption
    • Access Based Enumeration
    • Share level performance metrics
    • Access management for NFS and more…

The data management section of the console lets you view and edit your self-service restore snapshot schedule, see your data protection status whether you’re leveraging native AOS protection domains or Smart DR, and see the status of Smart Tiering.

Alerts, Events, and Tasks, as they sound, give you a file server centric view of these items.

Last, but not least, the configuration section of the console let’s you modify critical settings of the file server:

  • Authentication
    • SMB, NFS Settings
  • Blocked Files
  • Manage Roles
    • File Server Admin
    • Backup Admin
    • REST API User
  • DNS Management
  • Antivirus ICAP Servers
  • Platform Settings
    • Scaling up storage
    • Scaling up file server compute resources

We hope these updates give you an enhanced experience for managing your Nutanix Files environments. Feel free to comment below and let us know what you think.

Visit the first blog in the series: Blog 1: Smart Tiering

See the next blog in the series: Blog 3: Performance and Improvements

You can continue the conversation and ask questions in the Nutanix Files forum.

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