Jun
11

Nutanix Hyper-V Fast Clones

Nutanix now as a the ability to provide space efficient, low impact clones from SCVMM. With NOS 4.1.3 there is now a Fast Clone plugin available. The plugin is really a wrapper around some of the Nutanix powershell commands. The plugin does need proper access rights to the hyper-v hosts and SCVMM but that should be setup already for most environments. You will need to install the plugin on the SCVMM host along with the Nutanix powershell commandlets.

Below is a video of the fast clones in action.

Jan
02

EUC TIP 91: Best Practices with Snapshots with RDS

All reference VMs must be generalized before they can be used to provision or recreate a virtualized desktop

As best practice, start with a snapshot of an ungeneralized Windows 7 or Windows 8 virtual machine

Generalize, shutdown, and create new snapshot
In the virtual machine, run the following command from Windows\System32\Sysprep directory
Sysprep /oobe /generalize /mode: vm

The switch Mode:vm only detects the enumerated and synthetic devices that are possible and skips on the physical layer checks. Only works with Windows 8 and 2012

The ‘now’ snapshot reflecting the generalized state will be used to (re)create the virtual desktops

When updating a VM, revert to ungeneralized snapshot, delete generalized snapshot, update VM, generalize, shutdown. and snapshot

I think this process can eliminate the need for a KMS server with RDS but not 100% sure, let me know if you have the answer.

Dec
13

Hyper-V and VDI on Nutanix: Part 1

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If you’re a regular visitor to the blog you know that I have lived in the lands of VMware VDM, View, Horizon and probably whatever the next name is. I wanted to deploy Remote Desktop Services on Hyper-V since requests from the field has started to come since we announced support for Hyper-V.

You still get the same quick time to value as you did from vSphere deployments on Nutanix, not a lot of changes it that department. Nutanix engineers did add some deployments scripts that automate adding the cluster to the domain and to SCCVM if present.
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