Archives for March 2016

Mar
29

Docker Machine for Windows By Pictures

A native Mac and Windows app, Docker can now be be installed, launched and utilized from a system toolbar like any other packaged app. As with Docker for Linux, Docker for Windows brings a deeper integration with each of these platforms, leveraging the native virtualization features of respective platforms.

You in need to turn on hyper-v for windows. The docker bits will run in MobyLinux VM.

You in need to turn on hyper-v for windows. The docker bits will run in MobyLinux VM.

Every install needs the whale. It makes the EULA fun.

Every install needs the whale. It makes the EULA fun.

Starting up the VM.

Starting up the VM.

I think this might move out after the beta

I think this might move out after the beta

Making the magic happen  from the system try.

Making the magic happen from the system try.

After the installation you'll see DockerNAT. It's used to talk been your desktop/laptop and the MobyLinux

After the installation you’ll see DockerNAT. It’s used to talk been your desktop/laptop and the MobyLinux

Now you can run all your docker commands right from your desktop. A Windows named pipe is used on Windows to talk to the MobyLinux VM

Now you can run all your docker commands right from your desktop. A Windows named pipe is used on Windows to talk to the MobyLinux VM

Benefits

Ease of use and performance
Leverage native hypervisor support on both platforms
Fewer steps by leveraging native capabilities (virtualization, networking, filesystems) increases performance and reliability

Resolves Dependency Issues
No need to install app framework or runtime
Integrated products which include Docker Compose and offer a streamlined installation process that no longer requires non-system third-party software like VirtualBox
Use any version control manager

In-container development accelerates development
Devs can simply use a single text editor or IDE to code their application.
Faster Docker-driven iteration cycles because code changes can be tested instantaneously on the laptop without the need to build the Docker application image first.

Advanced Networking capabilities
Docker for Mac and Windows includes a DNS server for containers, and is integrated with the Mac OS X and Windows networking system
Use Docker more easily over a VPN.

Mar
21

Microsoft Captaining the Open Source Ship with Docker

Short blog on explaining why Microsoft and Docker are making a big push in the data center on the Nutanix Community site. Looking for feedback and your thoughts -> Microsoft Captaining the Open Source Ship with Docker

Mar
16

The Benefits of Enterprise Cloud & Hyperconverged Infrastructure by @stu

Wikibon Senior Analyst Stu Miniman (@stu) talking about how hyper-convergence is delivering simplicity in transferring to cloud and how that requires operational change.

Mar
14

Tech Preview: Nutanix Delivers Native File Services

Acropolis File Services provides a highly availability solution for hosting user and shared department files across a centralized location with a single namespace. Acropolis File Services removes the burden of manual configuration, Active Directory knowledge, load balancing expertise and scaling the solution is controlled thru the Nutanix Prism UI. The Acropolis File Server will greatly simplify non-persistent desktops environments and other use cases that require shared storage for user data.
fileservices

Customers can deploy Acropolis File Services on existing AHV Clusters in the Tech-Preview. The Acropolis File Server benefits from all of the storage centric features of the Acropolis Distributed Storage Fabric so management and scaling is easy and intuitive. Compression, dedupe and erasure encoding (EC-X) can all be used with the Acropolis File server and if performance needs are meet with existing nodes, storage only nodes can be used to increase capacity.

As shares are created on the Acropolis File Server, load is distributed across the cluster seamless to the end user. Daily datacenter operations are covered as you scale up the Acropolis File Server and deal with physical nodes being added to the Nutanix Cluster and dealing with typical failure scenarios.

ASF-SHARES

If a share called \\FileServerNameFQN\Users was created and contains top level directories \Bob, \Becky,\ Kevin – \Bob would be on say VM1, \Becky on VM2, \Kevin on VM3 and so on. A string hashing algorithm based on the directory names is used to distribute the top level folder directories. This makes non-persistent VDI very easy to setup and deliver without running into bottlenecks.

Watch the below video to see how easy it is to deploy and expand file services in your Nutanix cluster.

<Corporate Announcement – File Services>

New ‘Acropolis File Services’ with Native Support for VMware Horizon UEM and Citrix Profile Manager

Mar
09

App Volumes 2.10 Best Practices

I know App Volumes 3.0 is around the corner but I had to track this information down for 2.10 for a customer.

App Volume Manager Best Practices
2 App Volume Managers minimum – 3 for Resiliency for 2,000 users
Load Balancer in Production
Cluster SQL Server

AppStack Best Practices
1 AppStack per 1000 attachments
Up to 15 AppStacks Volumes per VM
2,000 users per Manager
Timeout is 3 minutes each per Writeable volume and then AppStack