Nutanix Community Edition Home Lab Part III – Storage Node Build


I’ve decided to do something a little different.  Nutanix provided me a new GoPro as a Holiday gift and I went out and got some accessories to use it to record some How To videos for the blog.  This is my first foray into Video Editing so please, keep the laughter to a minimum.

This is Part III of the series in which I will cover the actual build log of the “storage only” node that will be going offsite for backups to my brother’s office rack.  In Part II of the Home Lab build, I mentioned that there is a IPSec VPN tunnel configured between our Ubiquiti Edgemax Routers to have a secure connection accross the Internet to the secondary site.

This server will be a single node Nutanix Community Edition Cluster built with the following:

Case/PS: Supermicro CSE-216A-R900LPB (Had this case from previous ZFS Build)
MB: X10SLL-F, BIOS 3.0 (current), BMC 1.35 (current)
CPU: E3-1230v3 3.3Ghz, quad core with HT
Memory: 32GB DDR3-1600 R-ECC (4x8GB, Samsung M391B1G73QH0-YK0)
Controller: LSI 9211-8i
Network: Intel X520
Drives: Samsung SM853T 480GB SSD/7 x Seagate Hybrid 1TB 2.5″ Drives
USB: Sandisk Ultrafit 16GB USB 3.0 Flash drive

Since this only runs a single CVM (Controller Virtual Machine), it does not require the Compute/Memory resources to run additional VMs.  The 32GB of RAM is for all the Data Reduction technologies like Dedupe and Compression capabilities.

As a disclaimer, there is also a suggested drive limitation for Community Edition and it’s four disks.  The reason for this is that Community Edition does not support PCI passthrough to the controller.  We do LUN passthrough which provides a small queue depth.  CE was built this way to provide the best possible compatibility so that users can use anything from a Mac Mini to older server technology and even Ravello or nested installations.  I have run greater than 4 disks under smaller workloads which essentially will be the same in my Home Lab.

Enjoy the video.

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