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Using Citrix Netscaler and Netscaler MAS 11.01 with Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Hi Folks,

if you want to use the Citrix Netscaler or the Netscaler Management and Analytics System 11.01 Build 47.14 together with the Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor Platform, this is the way how you get it running.

  1. Download the Netscaler / Netscaler MAS KVM Version
  2. Extract the Arcive(s) with a tool like 7-Zip until you have the virtual HDD (Netscaler = .raw file)
  3. Login to the Nutanix Web Console and open the Image configuration, import the virtual HDD as harddisk. Prefer to use the Mozilla Browser for this task, IE may crash regarding that the file is to large.
  4. Create a new VM, remove the CD-ROM (!) and configure the VM min. like below:
    – 2 CPU’s with 1 Core
    – 2GB RAM for Netscaler, 8GB RAM for Netscaler MAS
    – Add the imported HDD by using the Nutanix Image Service as IDE drive, the Size should be min. 20GB for Netscaler and 500GB (!) for Netscaler MAS
    – Add a Network Card
  5. Before you start the VM open a telnet client like Putty and connect to any Nutanix Controller VM (Default login User: nutanix Password: nutanix/4u)
  6. Execute the following commands:
    a) acli
    b) vm.serial_port_create “<VM Name>” type=kServer index=0Replace only <VM Name> with the Name of the Virtual Machine you have created, the commands will add a serial port to the VM, without a serial port the VM will NOT boot.
  7. Start the VM
  8.  To perform the initial Setup perform the following steps by using the Acropolis VM console:
    a) Login with user “nsroot” password “nsroot
    b) For Netscaler execute the command “config ns
    c) For Netscaler MAS execute the command “shell” followed by the command “networkconfig
  9.  Have fun with the rest of the configuration… 😉


Nutanix Akropolis (AHV) support for XenDesktop/XenApp 7.9

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Hello Folks,

as you may already note, XenDesktop/XenApp 7.9 was released and it’s now comes with support for the Akropolis support from Nutanix.

To get your Nutanix installation working it’s important to know that you have to install the “NutanixAcropolis-MCS-XD7.9_or_later.msi” provided by Nutanix (Nutanix Portal->Tools) on all of your XenDesktop/XenApp 7.9 delivery controllers.

The Software was released today, the old Version does not work with the MCS and your Akropolis Hypervisor must be Version 4.6.1.x or higher!

The installation is quite simple and the manual provided by Nutanix works well, one important thing (i run into this issue)… It’s not enough to create a Master VM! You must take a snapshot and the snapshot name MUST start with “XD_” so like XD_TS_Master_2012R2_Snapshot. Otherwise the snapshot will not be recognized during Machine Catalog Setup creation in Citrix Studio.

It’s quite simple, so if you run already a Nutanix or Citrix environment this is what you’re looking for.


Tip: Nice article how to setup a Nutanix environment with Microsoft Hyper-V

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Hello Folks,

i found a very nice article how to setup a Nutanix environment together with Microsoft Hyper-V here, maybe you will like it too… 🙂

Nutanix Hyper-V Cluster


Tip: Detect a Nutanix Block thru Windows

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Hello Folks,

i just setup a new Nutanix Block (NX-3050) in our Democenter..



If you don’t have a Mac OSX (thru Bonjour) available and you want to detect the block in the Network you can do this thru Windows quite simple.

Download and install the Bonjour Print Services from the Apple Site (Download), this will not detect the Nutanix Block at all but you can add the Bonjour Browser which is a simple to use freeware tool from here (Download). Install the Bonjour Browser too and execute it, the Browser will now detect all devices in the network using the Bonjour Administration Service and you can now detect the Nutanix Block incl. all IP’s and SNr for further configuration in a very simple way.


 Now you can configure the block by following the manuals, quite easy.. 😉