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Ten Things you need to know about Nutanix Acropolis File Services

This post was authored by Shubhika Taneja, Product Marketing Manager, Nutanix

We are starting this new blog series on “Ten things you need to know” about each of the exciting capabilities that will be a part of our future software release. As with our previous releases, this future release is also expected to be packed with many exciting capabilities such as Acropolis File Services, Self Service Portal, Network Visualization and many more. So let’s begin with Acropolis File Services (AFS), here are the 10 things that you need to know:

1. AFS precludes the need of a separate Network Attached Storage (NAS) appliance. AFS is a software-defined scale-out file storage solution designed to address a wide range of SMB/CIFS use cases, including Windows user profiles, home directories and departmental shares. It can be enabled on any AHV or ESXi cluster in a few clicks out of Prism, the Nutanix management solution.

2. AFS is a fully integrated, core component of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform. It can be deployed on an existing cluster or a standalone cluster. Unlike standalone NAS appliances, AFS consolidates VM and file storage thereby eliminating another infrastructure silo. AFS can be managed out of Nutanix Prism, just like VM services, thus unifying and simplifying management.

3. AFS inherits the rich enterprise storage features from the underlying Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform such as intelligent tiering, deduplication, erasure coding, compression, and distributed self-healing.

4. AFS requires a minimum of 3 file server VMs with each file server VM needing a minimum of 4 vCPU and 12GB of RAM. The performance of the AFS cluster can be easily enhanced by either scaling up (by adding more vCPU and memory to the file server VMs), or by scaling out (by adding more file server VMs).

5. AFS supports SMB and works with Active Directory.

6. AFS supports User and share quotas.

7. AFS supports Access Based Enumeration (ABE).

8. AFS enables user self service recovery by integrating with Windows previous version.

9. To backup shares to 3rd party, traditional file backup from vendors like Commvault can be used. Backup can also be done to a secondary Nutanix cluster or to public cloud (AWS and Azure).

10. AFS provides integrated automated disaster recovery to a secondary Nutanix cluster.



Let's discuss, join the conversation in the community forums and let us know how you are using AFS.


Just curious hot AFS can be deployed when using ESXi ? I can not find "File Service" button. Via NCLI ?


Are you running AHV and which AOS version u r running.

ESXi 6 with AOS 4.7.3. Have you deployed AFS when using ESXi as hypervisor?

AFS is going to be GA with AOS 5.0 on AHV and ESXi so you have to update AOS to deploy on ESXi.

I had done on AFS but not on ESXi as its not yet available.



Have you check

Looks like only available on AHV 

But this blog said it can be enabled on AHV or ESXi via Prism


Yes bro,

This is referring to AOS 5.0 which will be released anytime soon. Once release update your AOS to 5.0 and will be able to see the options.



Hope so. AOS 5.0 already released on 12/21

Does AFS work with a domain functinal level of 2012 R2?  Checking what levels it supports?


Nutanix Employee

@elarson 2008r2 and above are validated for AFS

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