On April 19, 2016, AOS 4.6.1 and Prism Central 4.6.1 were released. Along with many security enhancements, I wanted to highlight several items; I encourage you to download and start a discussion in our forums.
Prism Web Console Support for 1-Click Minor Release Upgrades for ESXi Hosts - With AOS 4.6.1, customers can now patch hosts by uploading the offline bundle and md5sum checksum available from VMware and by using the Prism Web Console Upgrade Software feature.
Tech Preview Features
In-Place Hypervisor Conversion - This 1-click feature available through the Prism web console allows you to convert your cluster from using ESXi hosts to using AHV hosts. Guest VMs are converted to the hypervisor target format, and cluster network configurations are stored and then restored as part of the conversion process.
Acropolis File Services - Provides file server capability within a Nutanix AHV cluster, as one or more network-attached VMs, to form a virtual file server.
What's New in Prism Central
Prism Search - Previously a tech preview feature. Intelligent, keyword-based search across your Nutanix cluster for improved access to information in the web console. Click the magnifying glass icon (known as Spotlight search) to display a search page, which provides query options and information about entities (cluster, VM, host, disk, or container) and operations across clusters.
Dashboard Customization - Previously a tech preview feature. Management and customization of dashboard views for information around infrastructure resources, such as VMs, clusters, hosts, disks, containers, and so on.
Capacity Forecast - Previously a tech preview feature. The Capacity tab displays current and historical usage information and provides capacity resource tools It calculates the runway - time until the capacity (CPU, memory, and disk space) runs out. The user can select the runway threshold to trigger an alert.
Note: An optimal experience with the Capacity Forecasting and Planning feature requires synchronization of historical statistics between Prism Central and a managed cluster. As these statistics might be incomplete for a recently-upgraded cluster, Nutanix recommends you wait six to eight hours before registering the cluster with Prism Central.
On February 3, 2016, Acropolis Base Software 4.5.2 and Prism Central 4.5.2 were released. Along with many enhancements, I wanted to highlight two items and one tech preview, I encourage you to download and start a discussion in our forums.
Nutanix Cluster Check - Acropolis base software 4.5.2 includes Nutanix Cluster Check (NCC) 2.1.5, which includes improved existing checks and functionality.
1-Click Upgrade for BIOS and BMC Firmware - As of Acropolis base software version 4.5.2, the 1-Click upgrade for BIOS and BMC firmware feature is available for Acropolis hypervisor (AHV) and ESXi hypervisor host environments running on NX-xxxx G4 (Haswell) platforms only.
Tech Preview Features
Self-Service Restore - This feature allows a user to restore a file within a virtual machine from the Nutanix protected snapshot with minimal Nutanix administrator intervention. This feature is supported on Nutanix clusters running the ESXi hypervisor only. Note: Do not use tech preview features in production environments.
Note: You can use this feature only after upgrading all nodes in the cluster to Acropolis base software 4.5 or later versions.
If the self-service restore feature is enabled for a VM or the VM has self-service restore disks attached to it, and if the VM is part of the protection domain that is getting replicated to the remote sites, ensure that the remote sites are of version 4.5 or above.