Nutanix Acropolis File Services – Required 2 Networks

When configuring Acropolis File Services you may be prompted with the following message:

“File server creation requires two unique networks to be configured beforehand.”

The reason is you two managed networks for AFS. I’ve seen this come up a lot lately so I thought I would explain the why. While it may change over time this is the current design.


The above diagram shows one file server VM running on a node, but you can put multiple file server VMs on a node for multitenancy.

The file server VM has two network interfaces. The first interface is a static address used for the local file server VM service that talks to the Minerva CVM service running on the Controller VM. The Minerva CVM service uses this information to manage deployment and failover; it also allows control over one-click upgrades and maintenance. Having local awareness from the CVM enables the file server VM to determine if a storage fault has occurred and, if so, if action should be taken to rectify it. The local address also lets the file server VM claim vDisks for failover and failback. The file server VM service sends a heartbeat to its local Minerva CVM service each second, indicating its state and that it’s alive.
The second network interface on the file server VM, also referred to as the public interface, allows clients to service SMB requests. Based on the resource called, the file server VM determines whether to service the request locally or to use DFS to refer the request to the appropriate file server VM that owns the resource. This second network can be dynamically reassigned to other file server VM’s for high availability.

If you need help setting up the two managmed networks there is KB article on portal.nutanix.com -> KB3406

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