Nutanix AOS 5.17, AHV and Prism Central 5.17 is now available

Nutanix AOS 5.17, Prism Central 5.17 and AHV-20190916.189 released.

Nutanix has released AOS 5.17 , Prism Central 5.17 and a new AHV version. AOS 5.17 is now available.

Here’s a list of the new features found in AOS 5.17

  • Rack Awareness support for Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Network Segmentation 2.0 for Metro and NearSync
  • Foundation Central
  • Erasure Coding with Autonomous Extend Store
  • Active Directory and Nutanix Flow integration
  • NVMe Boot and Data Drive Support (including All-NVMe Platform Software Support)
  • Support for Hyper-V 2019
  • Support for AHV Synchronous Replication (0 RPO) with Leap – You can now configure the Protection Policies to use a Synchronous replication schedule between two on-prem AHV clusters. However, you can perform only an unplanned failover using Synchronous replication.).
  • Support for Single Prism Central with Leap (1 hour RPO or greater only)
  • Support for VM level IP Address Mapping in Recovery Plans with Leap
  • Support for VM level IP Address Mapping in Recovery Plans with Leap
  • Support for In-guest Script Execution in Recovery Plans with Leap
  • Support for NearSync Replication (1–15 minutes RPO) with Leap – You can now configure the Protection Policies to use a NearSync replication schedule between two on-prem AHV/ESXi clusters or an on-prem AHV cluster and Xi Cloud Services.
  • Support for Network Traffic Segmentation of Disaster Recovery Traffic with Protection Domains – You can now isolate the network traffic of disaster recovery service between two AHV or ESXi clusters by enabling physical network segmentation on the clusters. The segmentation of network traffic enhances security, resilience, and cluster performance by isolating a subset of traffic to its own network. This feature is currently not supported in Leap.
  • Support for Network Traffic Segmentation of Disaster Recovery Service with Metro and NearSync Replication Schedules
  • Interoperability of Metro, Asynchronous, and NearSync Replication Schedules for VStore Protection
  • Support for Network Traffic Segmentation of Disaster Recovery Service with Metro and NearSync Replication Schedules
  • Interoperability of Metro, Asynchronous, and NearSync Replication Schedules for VStore Protection
  • 20 seconds RPO in NearSync replication schedule for VStore protection
  • Support for Recovery of VMs with Conflicting Files on ESXi
  • Secure Boot Support for node running AHV
  • Secure boot Support for VMs
  • Upgrading AHV Hosts Through Life Cycle Manager (LCM)
  • Rack Fault Tolerance Support for Hyper-V
  • Enhanced Data Resiliency Widget
  • File Server Module Support (part of Files product)
  • AOS Support for AMD Processors
    • Further expanding on the flexibility and choice available with Nutanix, AOS 5.17 brings AMD processor support into the ecosystem, giving AOS customers the flexibility to choose between AMD and Intel x86 processors in their environment. The first hardware partner to release an AMD platform for AOS is HPE (press release) with more to follow in short order. AMD is now supported across hypervisors running on AOS, including VMware, AOS, and Hyper-V.

Here is a video from James Karuttykaran ( twitter-> @jkaruttykaran – Technical Director Southern EMEA @ Nutanix

New in Prism Central 5.17

  • Multiple vDisk Support
  • Expanded Search Capability
  • VPC Routing Table and Static Routes in Xi Cloud Services
  • Cross-Play (X-Play) Enhancements 
  • Flow VDI Policy with Active Directory Support
    • VDI policy is a new Flow policy based on identity-based categorization of the VDI VMs using Active Directory group membership. See “VDI Policy Configuration” in the Nutanix Flow Guide for more information.
  • Foundation Central
    • Foundation Central is now generally available on Prism Central. Foundation Central can help you create clusters from factory-imaged nodes and reimage existing nodes that are already registered with Foundation Central, remotely from Prism Central. Foundation Central enables you to create a cluster on remote sites (such as ROBO) without having to schedule a deployment personnel visit.

New in AHV-20190916.189

Directly Attached Volume Groups in a Guest VM Cluster

On AHV clusters, you can create a guest VM cluster by directly attaching a volume group to guest VMs. After you attach a volume group to guest VMs, vDisks appear as SCSI devices to the guest operating system and you do not need to set up any in-guest connections when you are creating a guest cluster. If you directly attach volume groups to guest VMs, you can seamlessly share vDisks across VMs in the guest cluster.

You can directly attach a volume group to guest VMs to create the following guest clusters:

  1. Microsoft Failover Cluster (MSFT)
  2. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Cluster

Note: The Nutanix VirtIO version must be 1.4.x to create an MSFT cluster.