Building Hybrid Cloud on Nutanix CE – Part I

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In this blog post series I’ll show you how to setup a Hybrid Cloud for a real company. I’m going to use my xenappblog LLC as an example and record training videos for xenapptraining.com at the same time.

The hardware is Supermicro E200-8D with 128 GB, 32GB SATADOM and two Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD 1TB – M.2 NVMe (adapter needed). The price is $1650 without storage. For the hypervisor I’m using Nutanix Community Edition 2019.11.22 which is the first version to support All Flash.

I’m not going to show you the Nutanix CE setup, that has already been covered by fellow Nutanix NTC Patrick Damen in this amazing blog post series. He is using the same hardware as me and goes really deep dive.

The prerequisite going forward is a VM running with my Automation Framework Community Edition (AFCE) which has 10 FREE Training Videos.

For this environment I’m going to leverage Server Core for as many supported services as possible. First out is two Domain Controllers which will also be running DHCP Failure. The hardware configuration is 2 vCPU / 2GB / 40 GB. If you want to go the same route, remember to change the Operating System to Server Core.

AFCE automatically let you deploy Domain Controller and Additional Domain Controllers fully automated. It even setup PKI and export the domain wildcard certificate to pfx, crt, pem and key file format.

And that’s it. In Part 2 we’ll configure DHCP Failover and setup Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) for Secure Remote Access using 2-factor authentication.

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