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Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform Administration [V5]

The Enterprise Cloud Platform Administration [V5] course is designed to train system, network, and storage administrators to successfully deploy Nutanix in the datacenter.

GK# 5841

Course Overview


The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform Administration program covers all the tasks that Nutanix administrators perform on the job. Beginning with setting up the environment, it walks the participant through the process of configuring and maintaining that environment.


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What You'll Learn


After introducing the basic concepts of the Enterprise Cloud Platform, participants will understand how to rack a Nutanix block, install and configure a cluster, and use different interfaces to manage a cluster.

The program then delves into the details of managing VMs in Acropolis, monitoring cluster health and performance, protecting data and optimizing cluster capacity, and performing in-place hypervisor conversion. Various failure scenarios in datacenters are presented and participants will learn how to implement strategies to safeguard their data.

Participants will also understand how to use Nutanix’s Prism interface to monitor and manage multiple activities across clusters, review and analyze resource needs, and assess future resource requirements.


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Module 1: Introduction to Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform 

  • Define the Nutanix product family: Nutanix Acropolis and Nutanix Prism.
  • Define the App Mobility Fabric (AMF) architecture
  • Explain the functionality of Prism Element and Prism Central and how they differ from one another
  • State where to find information on the hardware platform specifications and product mixing restrictions
  • Identify the foundational unit for the Nutanix cluster
  • Define a Nutanix block
  • List and define the components of a Nutanix cluster within the hypervisor client
  • Describe the types of AOS licenses           

Module 2: Administering the Nutanix Cluster 

  • Discuss requirements for installing a Nutanix block, including power and networking
  • List the considerations for mounting a Nutanix block in a rack           

Module 3: Configuring the Cluster 

  • Configure a Nutanix cluster, including name servers, network connections, filesystem whitelists, NTP and SMTP Servers, and SNMP
  • Change Prism language settings
  • Describe the mechanisms Nutanix provides to maintain cluster security
  • Configure user authentication methods
  • Install an SSL Certificate
  • Define a Nutanix block
  • Control cluster access using key-based SSH access
  • Explain how data-at-rest encryption secures data stored on disk
  • Prepare for and configure data-at-rest encryption for drives in a Nutanix cluster           

Module 4: User Interfaces 

  • List the four Nutanix user interfaces you can use to manage your cluster
  • Register a cluster with Prism Central and use the console to manage the cluster
  • State the purpose of the Acropolis self-service portal
  • Assign IP addresses to all cluster components
  • Create a cluster
  • Install a Nutanix Platform License on a cluster  

Module 5: Health Monitoring and Alerts 

  • Explain how to monitor the health of a Nutanix cluster.
  • Describe the Health dashboard and its major components.
  • Configure a health check.
  • Explain how to monitor alerts and events.
  • Configure the alert email settings for a cluster Register a cluster with Prism Central and use the console to manage the cluster           

Module 6: Health Monitoring and Alerts 

  • Discuss Open vSwitch.
  • Discuss the default network factory configuration.
  • List best practices for configuring network.
  • View network configuration.
  • Discuss virtual network segmentation.           

Module 7: VM Management 

  • Create an image using the Nutanix Image Service
  • Create a VM (Windows and AHV)
  • Install Nutanix guest tools
  • Perform a self-service restore from Nutanix data protection snapshots.
  • Manage a VM (AHV)
  • Customize VMs using Cloud-Init and SysPrep
  • Define MapReduce Tiering
  • Define live migration
  • Define High Availability
  • Define Data Path Redundancy           

Module 8: Distributed Storage Fabric 

  • Explain how Nutanix manages storage
  • List and explain some of the various storage components, including Storage Tiers, Storage Pools, Containers, Volume Groups, vDisks, and data stores
  • Navigate the Storage Dashboard
  • Discuss how deduplication allows for sharing of guest VM data in storage tiers
  • Explain how erasure coding works to increase cluster capacity
  • Create a storage pool
  • Create a storage container
  • Perform an in-place hypervisor conversion
  • Define hypervisor integration
  • Explain how vLANs work           

Module 9: AHV Workload Migration 

  • List prerequisites for Windows VM migration
  • Migrate Windows VM from ESXi to AHV cluster
  • List prerequisites for Linux VM migration
  • Migrate Linux VM from ESXi to AHV cluster           

Module 10: Services 

  • Define Acropolis Block Services
  • Define block relationships
  • List steps to enable ABS
  • Define Acropolis File Services
  • Discuss Quotas, Notifications, and Policies
  • Discuss AFS Load Balancing           

Module 11: Business Continuity 

  • List failure scenarios.
  • Discuss redundancy factor
  • Discuss protection strategies           

Module 12: Data Protection 

  • Create a remote site.
  • Create and modify a protection domain.
  • Discuss the protection domain failover process.
  • Explain the cloud connect feature.
  • List best practices and guidelines for configuring data protection.
  • List limitations for configuring data protection           

Module 13: Prism Central 

  • Review and analyze resource to assess future resource requirements
  • Create "what if" scenarios to assess future resource requirements.
  • View information about VMs, clusters, hosts, disks, containers, and storage containers.
  • Create and monitor performance graphs for selected entities.
  • Address potential capacity issues.
  • View and monitor alerts.
  • View statistics about a range of entities across clusters and organize that information.
  • Provision and manage VMs in a self-service manner
  • Add Prism Central and its managed/registered clusters to a whitelist
  • Translate the dashboard and menus to a selected language           

Module 14: Concluding the Installation 

  • Review and analyze resource to assess future resource requirements
  • Create "what if" scenarios to assess future resource requirements.
  • Describe Nutanix Cluster Check (NCC).
  • Describe NCC usage.
  • Install NCC from an Installer File .
  • List usage examples.
  • Discuss support options.
  • Discuss remote connections.
  • Configure HTTP proxy.
  • Analyze log files


  • New Features and Functions of Release 5.1


  • Familiarity with traditional virtualization storage architectures
  • Comfort with Unix/Linux command line interface

Who Should Attend


Primary audience:

  • IT administrators, architects, and business leaders who need to manage Nutanix clusters in the datacenter
  • Anyone who is seeking baseline preparation for the Nutanix Platform Professional (NPP) 5.0 Certification

Secondary Audience:

  • Managers and technical staff seeking more detailed information before making a purchase decision
Course Delivery

This course is available in the following formats:

Classroom Live

Receive face-to-face instruction at one of our training center locations.

Duration: 4 day

Virtual Classroom Live

Experience expert-led online training from the convenience of your home, office or anywhere with an internet connection.

Duration: 4 day

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