Nutanix Files : How to plan your upgrade?

  • 29 May 2019
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Nutanix Files (formerly known as AFS) does not follow the Long Term Support Release (LTS) and Short Term Support Release (STS) tracks. AOS needs to be upgraded to a compatible version before you deploy Nutanix Files or upgrade Nutanix Files.

One of the standard policies which Nutanix follows is to disable 1-click download for Product versions which are EOL. Nutanix Files follows a similar approach and you will no longer see any other 2.2.x version other than 2.2.4. 2.2.4 is maintained for customers who are on AOS 5.5.x branch. Since Nutanix files has evolved a lot in 3.x branch, other customers are recommended to adopt the latest 3.x version.

Let’s try to understand this concept from the following screenshot taken from Upgrade Path page.
In this example, I have assumed that AOS is already upgraded to 5.10.x (LTS) from 5.5.x( 5.5.x). Now we want to upgrade existing Files cluster on 2.2.3.

How to plan?

  • Always refer Nutanix Files x.x.x.x Release Notes before a new deployment or an upgrade.
  • Always refer Software Product Interoperability page for AOS and Nutanix Files recommended interoperability. This is critical for a new deployment or upgrade.
  • Always refer Upgrade Paths page before Nutanix Files upgrade. This provides you details about target release version and if they are supported for upgrade or not.

What these pages explain

Current release Version → Existing Files Version
Target Release Version → Files Version we can upgrade to.

  • Green color highlighted version means the upgrade is supported ( 2.2.4, 3.1.0,, 3.2.0,. However, red color (3.0.1, highlighted version means that particular version is not supported.
  • Based on the Target Release version we know what version we can upgrade to. Since and have one click download enabled. We should go with the latest between them. So our choice is However, this may change in the future with upcoming releases. Let’s stay Nutanix Product decides to enable one click download for 3.5.1, then the recommendation will be to use 3.5.1 instead of
  • Since AOS is already upgrade to 5.10.x, Nutanix recommends to not use 2.2.4 branch since it’s only for customers who are using 5.5.x and don't have a plan to upgrade the AOS.
  • These pages don’t give absolute picture if considered individually. Since we have assumed that customer is on 5.10.4 AOS version. We should also consider AOS and Files compatibility for given scenario.
  • Once we are certain that the installed AOS ( 5.10.4) & Files Version (2.2.3) is compatible & supports We can plan our maintenance activity.

Let’s say if you are running AOS version 5.5.6, this changes the scenario and the only compatible Nutanix File version available is 2.2.x. Nutanix recommends to ensure that you are on 2.2.4 version, as it’s the most stable and last release in this branch.

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