On some occasions, I have been faced with the task of building a node without the foundation VM.
For this you will need a copy of the Hyper-Visor in my case it is usually ESXi and this is what I will concentrate on here. You will also need a copy of the Nutanix phoenix ISO which contains the version of NOS you require.
You require IPMI access to the node to carry out this process, if you do not know the IPMI IP address of if it has VLAN’s assigned you can configure it in the BIOS.
The steps involved are to install ESXi on the host and then install the Nutanix Controller VM using the phoenix ISO and configure.
When you have the IP address open a browser using the P address and log in.
Default credentials – ADMIN
password – ADMIN
This will open a connection directly to the host.
From here you want to get to a console session.
Select -> Remote Control -> Console Redirection
Select -> Launch Console
It is Java so Run the applet and dismiss any error messages or requests to update to the latest versions.
You then need to insert the HyperVisor ISO into the virtual drive
Select -> Virtual Media -> Virtual Storage
Select -> ISO File
Select -> Open Image
Browse to the localisation and pick up required ISO file
Select ->ISO -> Oepn
This step if vital and is easily missed – make sure you
Select -> Plug In
So you see the Connection Status as OK
Select -> OK
Restart the host to boot from the ISO to install VMWare ESXi
Select ->Power Control -> Set Power Reset
Select -> Enter
Select -> F11
Careful here and ensure you select the SATADOM as the installation target
Select -> SATADOM -> Enter to continue
Select -> (Enter) OK
Select -> (Enter) Continue – on defaults
Make sure you want to wipe whatever was on this host
Select 0> (Enter) OK
Enter root password – Ensure it’s nutanix/4u
Select -> F11
You need to Eject the media from the virtual drive to stop you looping and installing all over again.
Select -> Virtual Media -> Virtual Storage-> Remove the Installation Media disc before rebooting
Select -> Plug Out
Select -> OK
Select -> Reboot
Allow host to reboot and install ESXi
Next Step is to install the Nutanix OS using the Phoenix ISO
Select -> Virtual Media -> Open Image -> Browse to the ISO
Select it as before -> Select Plug In and -> OK
Select -> Set Power Reset
Make sure you select Configure Hyper-visor and Clean CVM
Select -> Start
This can take some time and will reboot several times as it configures the Nutanix OS and CVM integration with the Hyper-Visor
Plug out the ISO file from the virtual drive as before
Select -> Virtual Media -> Plug Out -> OK
Select -> Y
See message above that it’s configuring – it can take a while and will reboot a few times
When completed it will pick up an IP from DHCP and you are good to go.
This is providing you are happy with the IP’s DCHP has dished out, if not you could use foundation applet at this stage and create the cluster and IP’s that way. Their is a way to manually re IP the CVM which may be an idea for another blog post. Obviously you can change the IP on the ESXi host easily as you would any other ESXi host.