Nutanix Unified Storage
Unified Multicloud Data Management
Configuration for Volumes (vDisks)
In a traditional three-tier architecture, application and database administrators often work with storage administrators to create a custom storage design to suit their environment, which includes designating the RAID level and block size for different types of files, such as database tablespaces or log files. This process can become cumbersome to manage, especially if there are multiple databases. Nutanix eliminates the problems associated with choosing the optimal RAID and block size. Once you create a VG with the required number of vDisks for your database or application, you’re ready to deploy. The following table outlines the recommended minimum disk layout for a database such as Oracle. For other workloads please refer to the specific application’s best practices guide.There are two ways to create vDisks on Nutanix for your VMs: Nutanix native vDisks. Nutanix volume groups. Nutanix Native vDisksThe Nutanix native vDisk option simplifies VM administration because it doesn’t requ
Mine with HYCU
Nutanix Mine is the product name for joint solutions between Nutanix and select data protection software vendors. Nutanix Mine is a dedicated backup solution, where only backup component VMs run on the Mine cluster and the cluster storage is used to store backup workloads.This version of Mine is a fully integrated data protection appliance that combines the Nutanix AOS and Objects software with the HYCU Data Protection for Enterprise Clouds solution. Mine can provide data protection for applications running in a Nutanix cluster and also for other virtualized workloads running in your datacenter.Mine includes the following features: Enterprise-grade data protection to any workload in your datacenter. Integrated installation and configuration experience. Integrated management experience. Seamless scale-out, self-healing, and break-fix functionality. Note: The Mine cluster is not a disaster recovery solution, thus restoring primary or production workloads to the Mine cluster is not
Renaming a top level directory (TLD) on a distributed file share might fail with error “invalid device”
A distributed share spreads the workload by distributing the hosting of top-level directories across FSVMs. The issue is due to the fact that Nutanix Files uses DFS namespace to provide shares to the Windows clients, meaning that the client will be connecting to the generic DFS namespace and not, in particular, the FSVM which serves the share that is which holds the VG for the share. So if the client connects to an FSVM where it just holds the re-parse point within the DFS namespace the rename operation will fail with an error of "Invalid device". The workaround is to make sure that you connect to the FSVM serving the top level domain (TLD). Please refer to the following KB article for the detailed process to connect to the FSVM serving the TLD. Once connected to the serving FSVM the rename operation can be performed successfully. https://portal.nutanix.com/kb/000004187
IO Breakdown for a Files instance Performance
Hi,If we look at Files instance → Performance → IO Breakdown → IOPS, do these numbers factor in RF for Writes (i.e. actually are the underlying HCI storage IOPS)? or are they the IOPS purely from the Files point of view?E.g., if we have 10% of Writes to an SMB share, but set RF3 for the underlying Files container, will we see 10% or 30% here in this graph?Thank you.
Enable por 135 Files
Hi, I need to open port 135 (Port mapper for RPC communication), because I have this error: In the files server the port is closed: PORT STATE SERVICE80/tcp open http111/tcp open rpcbind135/tcp closed msrpc445/tcp open microsoft-ds2049/tcp open nfs5989/tcp closed wbem-https8000/tcp closed http-alt And, also I need to remove NFS option, but I can’t. Thanks!!
Nutanix Files - More networks clients
Is it possible to add more than one NIC as network client in a single deployment of Nutanix Files?I am performing tests in which Nutanix Files would serve 03 different networks and during Files' deployment it is only possible to add 01 network client. However, this test will serve 02 other networks besides the one already configured.
Standard vs Distributed shares
I read the Supports and Insights page.“A distributed share or export is the repository for the personal files of a user, and a standard share is the repository shared by a group. A distributed share or export is distributed at the top-level directories while standard shares are on a single file server VM (FSVM).”Does that mean if I create a standard share called “Shared” for 100 users, all 100 users would be hitting a single FSVM for access?Why wouldn’t I want to create “Share” as distributed in order to spread the load?Our first Files setup has D$ as the only top level share as distributed. Other shares are below it and set as standard. Any issues with that? Not sure why we did this, or if we fully understood. At least the D$ with shares underneath mimic a Windows file server.
FSLogix on Nutanix Files - storage usage pattern
Hi,Has anyone deployed FSLogix using a share on Nutanix Files?Can you please share your observations on the storage usage patterns:Read/Write patterns (PRISM → File Server → Shares -> <share -name>→ Performance → IO Breakdown → IOPS graph) ? SSD tier usage by FSVMs (PRISM → VM → Table → <filter by FSVM names> → select each VM → IO Metrics → Read Source) SSD/HDD usage in the File Server container (PRISM → Storage → Table → <File Server container with FSLogix share> → Tier-waise Usage graph)Thank you, I appreciate your help in advance.Victor
File Analytics change cluster IP
I changed AHV and CVM ips. But Nutanix File Analytics is still pointing to the old cluster ip. Does anyone has a guide howto change this so File Analytics is using the new cluster ip? Deleting the file analytics and redeploy it is not working. As you first need to disable file analytics. But this is not possible as it gives the error that it cannot access prism (pointing to the old ip).
File Analytics Failed to Deploy
I am trying to deploy a new File Analytics VM and it keeps failing with the following error“One or more services are not running, please check logs for more details”I have been looking all over the system for the correct log. Can you please point me in the right direction to find the log that might tell me why this deployment keeps failing?Thank you
Enabling Nutanix Files before deploying File Analytics
This might be an obvious question but I’m very new to Nutanix. When reading the deployment guide for Nutanix Files Analytics, it doesn’t explicitly say to enable Files on the cluster. I imagine this process will be two steps, the first making sure Nutanix Files is deployed prior to deploying File Analytics?
Delete files off of SSR permanently - bypassing the snapshot
We ran into a problem with a Nutanix File Server using SSR. (We never enabled it)We ran out of space for our profiles, and when we started deleting old ones the Snapshot grew, basically meaning we didn't clear any space at all.Some of the profiles that got deleted (robocopy script gone wrong) are actually needed. So we are going to restore those on a need basis. But, we need to remove the old ones still that are from users that are gone from the company. Is there a way to permanently delete them off the snapshot somehow?Please ask for clarifications if none of this makes sense. My Nutanix isn't strong.
Quick and handy command reference for checking Nutanix Files
Nutanix Files, formerly known as AFS, is the company’s File Server and File Sharing solution on a Nutanix cluster. By provisioning Nutanix Files within the Nutanix cluster, we have essentially eliminated the need to deploy a dedicated Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution for Windows/SMB file services. Nutanix Files operates as a clustered, distributed File server driven by a set of File server VMs commonly referred to as FSVMs. A customer or user new to Nutanix Files and its orchestration could feel intimidated by the plethora of possibilities and intricacies in managing the Nutanix Files infrastructure. Let me try to help you make a start by providing you some commands to get a jumpstart in handling this product. I will use the following conventions to differentiate between running a command at the CVM layer as against running the command inside a FSVM:nutanix@CVM:$ nutanix@FSVM:$ Here we go: List the FSVMs and their IP addresses --- a few alternatives as well:nutanix@CVM:$
File Server Active Directory Join Fail: Invalid DN syntax
Hello, I try to activate the SMB Protocol for a Nutanix Fileserver Deplyoment. (Prism Version 5.19.1). Join AD failed with error - Failed to join domain: failed to precreate account in ou OU=….: Invalid DN syntax. The uses User has permission to create a computer Object in this OU, but is not a Domain admin. Perhaps the reason can by that the user do not have permission to Read/Write service principal names. (A more precise Error Message could be helpful) I can not get the permission for SPN. For ohter Services f.e. SSO I have request a SPN with a KeyTabe File. Is something like this Possible with the Nutanix Fileserver too?
File Server Space usage growth alert / autogrow
Hi folks!We’re implementing Nutanix Files and we are not sure how to handle following scenario:Let’s assume, we create some File Server with some Shares. We set the size of the File Server to 2TiB. Now we create a lot of share that are used by a lot of endpoints.The usage of the File Server is growing some dozens of GiBs a Month - now worries here. Suddenly some system/user is filling up space rapidly, let’s say 100GiB an hour for the sake of drama. Now, the Cluster wont warn us until it’s almost too late. Maybe this happens in the middle of the night of a holiday that is on a weekend while half of our staff is on vacation and the other half is somehow indisposed/slow/unwary.It would be cool to have some alert, that warns us from extreme usage growth. and it would be great to have some (limited) autogrow featureSo my question to the community: Is there something like that? I know the example is extreme. But from our experience something like that happens from time to time. And if it ha
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