Running Nutanix CE on VMware Workstation


Nutanix Community Edition is a free version of the Nutanix Operating System (Acropolis base software), which powers the Nutanix Xtreme Computing Platform. The Community Edition of Acropolis base software is designed for people interested in test driving its main features on their own hardware and infrastructure.

The following steps will guide you through the deployment of Nutanix CE on VMware Workstation.

Step 0 - Registration

Register and download the Nutanix CE.

Recommended System Requirements:

CPU Intel CPUs, 4 cores minimum, with VT-x support

Memory 16GB minimum

Storage Subsystem RAID 0 (LSI HBAs) or AHCI storage sub-systems

Hot Tier (SSD) One SSD per server minimum, ≥ 200GB per server

Cold Tier (HDD) One HDD per server minimum, ≥ 500GB per server

Networking Intel NICs

Cluster Nodes 1, 3 & 4

Step 1 - Prepare the binaries

1. Download & Extract the ce-2015.11.05-stable.img from the archive

2. Rename the ce-2015.11.05-stable.img to ce-flat.vmdk

3. Download the disk descriptor file (written by Joep Piscaer) from here , rename it to ce.vmdk.



Step 2 - Prepare the VM

1. Create a [Custom] Virtual Machine


2. Set the VM Hardware Compatibility to [workstation 12.0]


3. Select [I will install the operating System later] 


4- Set the Guest OS to [Linux] , [CentOS 64-bit]


5. Set the name of the VM and the Location to the Folder which contains the [CE*.vmdk] Files


6. Set the total processor cores to [4]


7. Set the total amount of memory to [16 GB]


8. Select [Use bridged networking] 


Note: Nutanix CE require internet access to authenticate using your Next Credential [Community Edition role enabled].

9. Set the I/O Controller to [LSI Logic]


10. Set the Disk Type to [SATA] , this one will be used by the CE.VMDK File


11. Select [Use an existing virtual disk]


12. Select the CE.VMDK file.


13. Review the settings then click Finish.


14. Modify the VM Settings again to add the Hard Disks [200GB Cold Tier HDD , 500GB Hot Tier SSD] and enable the Virtualization Engine [VTx/EPT].








Step 3 – Installation

Once you started the VM, the Nutanix CE installer will check the hardware specs …





Optional: Modify the Pre-Requisite Checks for the installer, depending on your hardware.

1. Login as ‘root’ (password ‘nutanix/4u’)

2. Modify the AHV memory requirement by editing the “minimum_reqs.py” file using the following command

vi /home/install/phx_iso/phoenix/minimum_reqs.py


Press “I” then Move the cursors to MIN_Memory_GB = 12.0 


Modify the Minimum requirement then Save and Quiet by Pressing “ESC” then “:WQ”


3. Modify the SSD & CVM Memory Requirements by editing the “sysUtil.py” file using the following command

vi /home/install/phx_iso/phoenix/sysUtil.py

Modify the SSD IOPS requirements

SSD_rdIOPS_thresh = 1000
SSD_wrIOPS_thresh = 1000


Modify the CVM Memory requirements

custom_ram = 6



3. Save and return back to logon screen to start the installation as user [install]


Select the Keyboard Layout and [Proceed]


Assign Static IPs for the Host (AHV) & CVM.

Note: Community Edition reserves IP addresses 192.168.5.0 through 192.168.5.254 for internal use.

Also,You need to scroll to the end of the End User License Agreement, otherwise the installation will be terminated.

Then move to Start and press Enter.


Once the installation is completed, you will receive a Success! Message. Press Enter to return to the logon screen.


The login banner shows the IP address of the CVM.


Step 4: Create the CVM Cluster

Login again to the Host Using “root” account and Password “nutanix/4u”, then Connect to the CVM_IP using ssh command:

ssh nutanix@CVM_IP

Password ‘nutanix/4u’

Now, Create the cluster using the following command:

[cluster –s ‘'CVM_IP create]


Add a DNS server to the cluster as the initial PRISM configuration requires you to login using Nutanix Next credential .

[ncli cluster add-to-name-servers servers=8.8.8.8]



Step 5: CVM Administration

1. Open a web browser and navigate to the web management interface “PRISM” with the CVM_IP address.

Log on with the default “admin” account user name & password of “admin” ,

When prompted, change the default admin password.


2. Re-enter the New password.


3. Login with your NEXT account credentials.


4. Now, you are into the PRISM.


That’s all folks.



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