Product Documentation

App Layering in Nutanix AHV

Jan 11, 2018

Nutanix AHV requirements for installing the App Layering Appliance

If you are installing the appliance and building your Layers on Nutanix VMs, or you are publishing Layered Images that will be used in a Nutanix environment, you need:

  • Nutanix account and privileges

    • An existing or new Nutanix AHV account to use for App Layering.
    • The account must have Nutanix AHV privileges to:
      • Create and remove virtual disks.
      • Copy and delete layers on virtual disks using Nutanix file APIs.
  • Nutanix software and settings

    Access to the Nutanix Tools to install on the layer.

  • Nutanix resource information

    The info listed in Nutanix AHV Connector Configuration.

Storage requirements

350-500 GB Storage Space

The App Layering appliance uses local storage for temporary files and finalized layers. The more layers you create, the more space you need. However, if you run low on space, you can expand the size of the current disk, or add other disks to the appliance when needed.

40-100 GB network file share (SMB)

The file share connected to the appliance is used for upgrades, Elastic Layers, and cross-platform publishing. This space is easy to expand, if needed.

Operating System requirement

  • OS for Layered Images

    You need a supported operating system freshly installed from ISO, to use in your OS layer. The OS layer is used to build all of your other layers and Layered Images. Preferably, the ISO should be imported from your hypervisor, so that the operating system is partially optimized for your environment.