Nutanix virtualization environments

Follow this guidance when using Nutanix Acropolis to provide virtual machines in your Citrix Virtual Apps or Citrix Virtual Desktops deployment. The setup process includes the following tasks:

  • Install and register the Nutanix plugin in your Citrix Virtual Apps or Citrix Virtual Desktops environment.
  • Create a connection to the Nutanix Acropolis hypervisor.
  • Create a machine catalog that uses a snapshot of a master image you created on the Nutanix hypervisor.

For more information, see the Nutanix Acropolix MCS Plugin Installation Guide, available at the Nutanix Support Portal.

Install and register the Nutanix plugin

Complete the following procedure to install and register the Nutanix plugin on the Cloud Connectors. You will then be able to use the Manage functions in Citrix Cloud to create a connection to the Nutanix hypervisor and then create a machine catalog that uses a snapshot of a master image you created in the Nutanix environment.

  1. Obtain the Nutanix plugin from Nutanix, and install it on the Cloud Connectors.

  2. Verify that a Nutanix Acropolis folder has been created in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Citrix\HCLPlugins\CitrixMachineCreation\v1.0.0.0.

  3. Run C:\Program Files\Common Files\Citrix\HCLPlugins\RegisterPlugins.exe –PluginsRoot “C:\Program Files\Common Files\Citrix\HCLPlugins\CitrixMachineCreation\v1.0.0.0”.

  4. Restart the Citrix Host Service, Citrix Broker Service, and Citrix Machine Creation Service.

  5. Run the following PowerShell cmdlets to verify that the Nutanix Acropolis plugin is registered:

    Add-PSSnapin Citrix* Get-HypHypervisorPlugin

Create a connection to Nutanix

In the Add Connection and Resources wizard, select the Nutanix connection type on the Connection page, and then specify the hypervisor address and credentials, plus a name for the connection. On the Network page, select a network for the hosting unit.

Create a machine catalog using a Nutanix snapshot

This information is a supplement to the guidance in Create machine catalogs. It describes only the fields that are unique to Nutanix.

The snapshot you select is the template that will be used to create the VMs in the catalog. Before creating the catalog, create images and snapshots in Nutanix. See the Nutanix documentation for guidance.

In the catalog creation wizard:

  • The Operating System and Machine Management pages do not contain Nutanix-specific information.

  • On the Container page, which is unique to Nutanix, select the container where the VMs’ disks will be placed.

  • On the Master Image page, select the image snapshot. Acropolis snapshot names must be prefixed with “XD_” to be used in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops. Use the Acropolis console to rename your snapshots, if needed. If you rename snapshots, restart the catalog creation wizard to see a refreshed list.

  • On the Virtual Machines page, indicate the number of virtual CPUs and the number of cores per vCPU.

  • The Network Cards, Computer Accounts, and Summary pages do not contain Nutanix-specific information.

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