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Best practice for formatting a Nutanix cluster

  • 12 October 2021
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We have a Nutanix lab with 3 HPE PROLIANT DX360 GEN10 hosts. After we have done our tests, now we want to destroy everything and re-install everything again. What is the best way to proceed?

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Best answer by Michael.Manuele 12 October 2021, 12:21

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@Consu Hi - I would start off by stopping the cluster and then destroying the cluster. 

Here is out to do that: Destroying a Cluster

Then the best way is to re-foundation the nodes and form a new cluster. 

Here is the doc on that process: Field Installation Guide

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To be honest, I just redeploy using Foundation.  It’ll warn you that the CVMs and hosts are pingable, but you just pass through it and it’ll destroy everything and rebuild from the ground up.  We used to go through the process of stopping the cluster, powering down the CVMs, etc., but if you’re looking to redeploy anyways going the graceful route of shutting everything down didn’t make sense.