Connecting to your Nutanix AHV hypervisor

Introduction 

ControlUp Console supports two hypervisors platforms running on Nutanix (AOS), VMware vSphere and Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV). You can now also manage your Nutanix AHV clusters - live, with real-time metrics in the familiar ControlUp way.

Along with many other new features, Nutanix AHV integration is being introduced starting with ControlUp Console v7.2

Using the native Nutanix Prism API, all you need to do is provide your credentials in ControlUp in order to connect to your AHV cluster and see the live metrics in the ControlUp console. ControlUp  supports Nutanix AHV clusters running with AOS versions 5.5 & 5.6

The default port that is configured by Nutanix is 9440 - adjustments will need to be implemented if there's a firewall in place. 

Nutanix works with security protocol - TLS 1.2 which was released after .NET 3.5, which means that Nutanix data collector must be running .NET 4.5 and above.

To verify your Nutanix cluster virtual IP address, in Prism, click the Gear Icon > Cluster Details > Cluster virtual IP address. This is the URL that you will need to enter when connecting your ControlUp Console to the Nutanix AHV hypervisor. 

If the cluster virtual IP address is not configured in Prism - you can view your CVM IP in Prism via Hardware > Table > CVM IP. But keep in mind, if you decide to use one of the hosts CVM IP and it goes down, you won't be able to connect to the rest of the hosts, until that host becomes available. ControlUp best practice is to configure the hypervisor connection with a a Nutanix cluster virtual IP address and not an CVM IP that is configured on one of the hosts so you can view all hosts without depending on the availability of a specific host.

Permissions

ControlUp requires for the user\service account to have 'Viewer' only role for view only capabilities (the user that you connect your Console to the hypervisor with). If you want to perform VM power management & host maintenance actions, you'll need to grant the user\service account with the 'Cluster Admin' role.

In order to use a dedicated user\service account that you already have configured in your environment - you'll need to add your organizational Active Directory to Nutanix by going into Prism, Click the Gear Icon> 'Authentication'. When you're finished with adding your AD - you can 'Test' the connection in ControlUp console and verify that it works. 

If you don't want to connect your AD to your Nutanix cluster, you can create a local user in the Nutanix local management within Nutanix Prism. Click the Gear Icons > 'Local User Management' and add the user with the proper role required.

Tip: You can use a user with 'Viewer' role and have your own user to perform special tasks like VM power management or performing hosts maintenance tasks - these actions will always prompt for credentials - so you can save your own credentials locally in your Console and not as 'Shared Credentials' 

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