Change the CVM Name in Nutanix

Here are the steps to change the Display name:

Before doing this check if all services are up. Also check that the data resiliency is good.

  1. Find current CVM name:

$ virsh list –all

  1. Shutdown CVM:

$ virsh shutdown

  1. Take XML dump of the CVM to preserve configuration changes Name the file appropriately, based on the new name of the CVM.

$ virsh dumpxml > NTNX–CVM.xml

  1. Undefine CVM

$ virsh undefine

  1. Modify the NTNX–CVM.xml file to use the new name:



  1. Define the CVM

$ virsh define NTNX–CVM.xml

  1. Start the CVM.

$ virsh start NTNX–CVM

  1. Configure autostart in KVM so the CVM boots up with the host

$ virsh autostart NTNX–CVM

NCC: ncc health_check run_all might fail after upgrading

Source : Nutanix KB




Note: This KB applies to NCC 2.0. For NCC 2.3 or later, please see KB 3620
Note: NCC 2.0 is not supported on NOS versions other than 4.1.3.

The ncc_health_checks run_all command might fail after NCC upgrade.

After running the checks, you might see the following messages:

Old NCC process found on the Controller VMs, Please contact Nutanix support
Old NCC process with PID 5855,6075,13707,13879,17667,17879,19887,20108,20673,20898,22677,22867found on


Log on to any Controller VM in the cluster and restart the Prism web console service.

Note: The cluster start command restarts the Prism service only in this case, not the entire cluster.

nutanix@cvm$ allssh ‘~/cluster/bin/genesis stop prism’

nutanix@CVM$ cluster start
Note: In a recent case we needed to reboot each CVM. This was after trying the genesis stop prism and killing pids with pkill.

In case you see multiple PIDs in each CVMs:

Old NCC process found on the cvms, Please contact Nutanix support
Old NCC process with pid 465,466,467,468,481,503,504,19356 found on
Old NCC process with pid 8028,8050,8051 found on
Old NCC process with pid 7530,7552,7553 found on
Old NCC process with pid 30634,30656,30657 found on

Check if email_alert is configured and if so, disable it.

nutanix@cvm$ ncc –show_email_config
[ info ] NCC is set to send email every 12 hrs.
[ info ] NCC email has not been sent after last configuration.
[ info ] NCC email configuration was last set at 2015-08-24 21:29:44.243925.

nutanix@cvm$ ncc –delete_email_config

P2V & V2V Conversion

P2V & V2V Conversion

Last Updated on 5 Jan. 2015, Total: 5 Products

An extensive Physical to Virtual, or Virtual to Virtual software product directory

  1. VMware vCenter Converter

    Use the wizard-driven interface of VMware vCenter Converter to convert your physical machines to virtual machines. VMware vCenter Converter converts Microsoft Windows based physical machines and third party image formats to VMware virtual machines. It also converts virtual machines between VMware platforms. Automate and simplify physical to virtual machine conversions as well as conversions between virtual machine formats with VMware… Read More

  2. Double-Take MOVE

    Double-Take Move allows you to migrate physical and virtual workloads with real-time replication from a single, intuitive user console. Protect your productivity with resource friendly technology that eliminates user and application downtime during migrations. Double-Take Move migrates your entire environment including the file system, permissions, attributes, compression and encryption settings without suspending production operations. It also moves database files regardless… Read More

  3. PlateSpin Migrate

    Physical-to-virtual (P2V) workload conversions should not be a one-time activity. P2V migrations are a critical component for the successful adoption of virtualization, but to ensure optimal data center efficiency, enterprises need the flexibility to move and rebalance workloads in any direction between physical and virtual hosts. PlateSpin PowerConvert allows anywhere-to-anywhere portability and protection for all workloads in the data center… Read More

  4. Microsoft P2V Migration

    Microsoft P2V Migration for Software Assurance uses the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and Sysinternals Disk2vhd to convert a user’s existing Windows XP or later client environment to a virtual hard disk (VHD), then automates the delivery of an updated and personalized Windows 7 operating system containing a virtual machine (VM) with the user’s previous Windows environment, applications, and Web browser… Read More

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Free Tools for Virtualization

Free Tools

Last Updated on 25 Feb. 2016

A frequently updated list of useful virtualization freeware for network administrators

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    Altaro VM Backup v6 – Freeware Edition

    New v6 with VMware support! Altaro VM Backup (formerly Altaro Hyper-V Backup) is a hassle-free Virtual Machine backup software for Hyper-V and VMware. The intuitive interface allows you to set up and perform backups and restores easily. With Altaro VM Backup you will be scheduling and queuing jobs for your first VM backups in a matter of minutes. Back up… Read More

  2. Veeam Backup and Replication Free Edition for VMware and Hyper-v

    Cloning, copying or exporting a virtual machine (VM) can be time-consuming and resource intensive. And if you have to power off or pause the VM, it can be disruptive, too. But with VeeamZIP™ you can easily backup a VM for restore on any host. Whether you use VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, or a combination of both, Veeam® Backup™ Free Edition… Read More

  3. VMTurbo Operations Manager Cloud Edition Free Trial

    VMTurbo Operations Manager is easily installed on the hypervisor/cloud platform of your choice within minutes. Cloud edition enables enterprise private cloud builders and cloud service providers to build and manage cloud infrastructures. The product understands priority and makes resource allocation decision across Organizational and Provider Virtual Datacenters, helping you to tier and assure service across a multi-tenant environment. Key features… Read More

  4. Netwrix Change Notifier for VMWare

    Enables you to control changes in your virtual environments by tracking changes to VMware virtual machine (VM) settings and the creation and deletion of VMs. 100% Free Tool… Read More

  5. Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE

    Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE is a standalone data-protection and disaster-recovery solution for physical machines (endpoints). It allows to protect entire endpoints, specific volumes and individual folders. It is able to perform a forever incremental backup without requiring a changed block tracking (CBT) file system driver… Read More

  6. NoMachine

    Turn your computer into your personal cloud. Take what’s important where you go, whether it’s at home or at the office. Wherever your desktop and your data is, you can reach it from the other side of the world in a few simple clicks. – Your own personal server, Private and secure, Access any time, anywhere and Share with who… Read More

  7. VMTurbo Virtual Health Monitor

    VMTurbo Virtual Health Monitor is a free real-time performance monitoring solution that can be deployed broadly across multiple hypervisor platforms. It enables you to gain visibility into your entire infrastructure, see and identify problems in real time, and generate performance and efficiency reports… Read More

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    The LoadMaster Load Balancer/ADC for Azure is simple to provision within the Azure IaaS platform. Provision through the Azure management portal, LoadMaster becomes a Public Endpoint, Connect Application Servers to LoadMaster for Azure on creation of the new instance, Start load balancing your workload… Read More

  9. RDPSoft Free Remote Desktop Admin Toolkit

    The RDPSoft Remote Desktop Admin Toolkit is a completely free set of 5 tools designed to ease the workload of Remote Desktop / Terminal Server administrators and other network admins. Keep an eye on how much bandwidth your users are using in their Remote Desktop sessions with the RDP Bandwidth Monitor. Quickly find and terminate the same hung processes in… Read More

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    Record and Replay all remote user sessions on your network servers. Any remote access or console session is searchable and ready for playback! Protocol-agnostic: ObserveIT records Terminal Server, Citrix, Remote Desktop, SSH, VMware and more. ObserveIT makes easy work out of security audits by generating video and text logs for everything that happens on your servers. (Even for apps that… Read More

How to check if NUMA is enabled on ESX hardware?

You can check it by using ESXTOP:

1. Run esxtop

2. Press “m” to enter on memory statistics

3. Press “f” to change the fields displayed

4. Press “f” again to show NUMA related fields

If numa is enables, you will see values (like, 0, 1, 2, etc for each node) on the NHN column, like this image:


(In this picture there is a VM running on 2 NUMA nodes).

If not, you will see the “-” on the NHN column:

There is also a command to check directly if there are and how many are the NUMA nodes:

esxcli hardware memory get | grep NUMA


How to identify if ESXi is installed to SD card or local HDD?

In the vSphere client, Hosts and Clusters View (assuming vCenter), highlight the host in question. Configuration > Hardware > Storage > Change to Devices view. For each device, look down under device details, Primary Partitions, and look for the device that lists several partitions, including several “Legacy MBR” and a “VMware Diagnostic” partition. This should be the device that ESXi is installed on.