Nutanix Foundation 2.0 Released

Nutanix Foundation, for those who don’t know, is the tool used to perform Multi-Hypervisor imaging in the field. All Nutanix nodes/blocks are shipped from the factor with KVM pre-loaded, and Foundation is used to optionally change over to VMware ESXi or Hyper-V (or perform a re-image on KVM).

There are some good articles about previous versions of Foundation that cover the basics well.

Anyhow, Foundation 2.0 is new and improved, and includes the following enhancements:
  • Redesigned user interface with multiple screens for easier configuration.
  • Support for models supplied by Dell.
  • Support for creating multiple clusters after imaging the nodes.
  • Support for running performance diagnostics and NCC health tests after creating a cluster.
  • Support for reusing an existing Phoenix ISO when re-imaging with the same ISO image.
  • Numerous bug fixes to make the process more robust and refined.
  • Enhanced Hyper-V support:
    • Image up to 20 nodes simultaneously (now on par with ESXi and KVM).
    • Five minute faster imaging time per node.
    • Support for multiple SKU types (free, standard, and datacenter).
    • Note: Foundation of NX-7110 with Hyper-V is not supported in this release (this is right around the corner).

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