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Oct 07 2014

Nutanix and vSphere deployment via vCenter Orchestrator

A few weeks back me and my colleagues Phil Ditzel and Artur Krzywdzinski was asked to create a customer demo including Nutanix and vSphere deployment. We decided to use vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) as the provisioning engine but this can be done via e.g PowerShell as well.

The following steps are included in the vCD workflow we created.

  • Setup Nutanix Cluster
  • Create Nutanix Storage Pool
  • Create Nutanix Container
  • Create vSphere Datacenter
  • Create vSphere Cluster including DRS and HA configuration
  • Add ESXi hosts to the vSphere Cluster
  • Create vSphere Cluster resource pool
  • Move Nutanix Controller Virtual Machines (CVMs) to the vSphere Cluster Resource Pool

The workflow requires a few input parameters including:

  • Nutanix Controller Virtual Machines (CVMs) IP addresses
  • Nutanix Storage Pool name
  • Nutanix Container name
  • vCenter Server datacenter name
  • vSphere Cluster name

Click the image to view the provisioning video

Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 15.48.23

Important: This video was created for private usage and is not a corporate video.

This vCO workflow was created based on a customer request but additional steps can easily be added if needed. The customer already had a vCenter Server in place and didn’t want a new one so that’s the reason for not deploying a vCenter Server.

The video is recorded in a lab environment and not customer environment so that’s the reson for the empty vCenter Server.

Other related blog posts including automation videos can be found here:

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  1. Nick

    Hi,
    Thanks for sharing. But is it possible to link me up on how the workflow are created to perform each tasks. 🙂

    Many thanks
    Nick

  2. magander3

    Hi,
    i’ll send you an email with additional information.

    //Magnus

  3. sathya

    Hi,
    thanks for sharing,i actually me too also working with same concept .can you please share your workflow are created to perform each tasks.

    thanks
    Sathya

  4. magander3

    Hi,
    just send you an email.

    regards,
    Magnus

  5. Paul

    Hi, I would love to see how you created the workflows as well. If you could share those I would be most appreciative.

    Thanks!
    Paul

  6. magander3

    Hi,,
    i developed these WF:s for a specific engagement and i’m not allowed to share them.
    Let me know if you need me to walk you through the process.

    //Magnus

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