Foundation for beginners

The Nutanix Foundation VM is simple though can be complex at the same time if you are coming from a windows world to a Linux VM and some of the unknowns for a windows sys admin. In this blog I will detail the setup of the Foundation VM so that you will be in a position to start to image your first cluster.


Requirements :

  • Laptop with Oracle Virtual box installed
  • Copy of the foundation appliance form
  • The images for Nutanix OS and Hyper Visor


Step 1

  1. Log onto
  2. Goto the downloads page
  3. Select Foundation TAB
  4. Download the latest Foundation tar file

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Step 2

  1. Extract the .tar file to location you will import to Oracle Virtual Box
  2. This is the location the Virtual Disk for the foundation VM will live

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Step 3

  1. Ensure you download and install the latest version on Virtual Box
  2. Launch Virtual Box
  3. Select -> File
  4. Select -> Import Appliance
  5. Browse to the folder you extracted the .tar file

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Step 4

  1. Select the foundation .ovf
  2. Select -> Open

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Step 5

  1. Select -> Next

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Step 6

  1. Leave all default settings
  2. Select -> Import

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Step 7

  1. Allow to import

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Step 8

  1. Select -> the imported Virtual machine

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Step 9

  1. Select -> Settings

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Step 10

  1. Select -> Storage
  2. Select -> Add Optical Drive

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Step 11

  1. Leave the drive empty

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Step 12

  1. Select -> OK

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Step 13

  1. Select -> Foundation VM
  2. Select -> Start

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Step 14

  1. Select -> nutanix

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Step 15

  1. Enter the password nutanix/4u
  2. Select -> log in

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Step 16

  1. Select -> Devices
  2. Select -> Insert Guest Additions CD image ..

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Step 17

  1. Select -> OK

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Step 18

  1. Select -> Run

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Step 19

  1. Enter root password
  2. nutanix/4u
  3. Select -> Authenticate

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Step 19

  1. Allow to install
  2. Press -> return

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Step 20

  1. Select -> Devices
  2. Select -> Drag and Drop
  3. Select -> Bidirectional
  4. This allows you to drag files to the Foundation VM to complete the install

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Step 21

  1. From Nutanix Home ->Foundation -> NOS
  2. Drag the latest NOS file hear

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Step 22

  1. We also need to drag the ISO for which ever hyper you plan to use to the correct location below under isos->hypervisor

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I will add to this series over the coming weeks covering off the next steps of running through an install and some things to watch out for on the way.


Note :

If you log in as root with default password you can access any folders shared from Settings –> Shared Folders.

They appear if you are logged in as Nutanix but are not accessible.

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3 thoughts on “Foundation for beginners

  1. Niall

    Hi Ronnie, Great Blog.

    I like to deploy the appliance as a VM, isolated in our management VLAN in the DC so that I can still build regardless if I’m in the Data-center or not.
    I have also used the foundation edition that is in aNY newly created CVM too but this does not support VLANs.



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