Creating “Maintenance Mode” for AHV using X-Play

In Prism Central 5.11 we got introduced to a new feature called X-Play. X-Play is essentially an IFTTT for Nutanix. It can do basic things like send reports on a schedule or send an alert, but it can also do some more advanced things. I wont go into all the other things it can do here, but there is a lot, and there is some flexibility to get a little creative.

As a longtime VMware admin, “Maintenance Mode” has become a staple in hypervisor management. The lack of an easy option for this in AHV was, honestly, a little frustrating.  Does AHV have “Maintenance Mode”, yes it does, but its part of the CLI, not the GUI. When I started looking at what X-play’s playbooks could do, it dawned on me that it might be able to close the gap between common tasks that can only be done through the CLI, right now.

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NTC 2019

Humbled to be added to the NTC family. Looking forward to sharing my experience, knowledge and challenges with more people in the community. I have had alot of fun this last year working with the numerous Nutanix employees and customers. Going to be a great year learning and implementing new products and services, running the DFW NUG and helping fellow IT community members. Thank You for your Support

Keep Calm and Automate

I recently went through training with Nutanix professional services for Calm. Nutanix’s answer/acquisition for blueprint-based deployments and automation. It went really well. My company has some specific use-cases for using something “like” Calm for Application/Service/VM provisioning. We have looked into other solutions like vRA, VMware’s flavor. I really like VMware’s products, however, it is a lot more expensive and honestly, a lot more complex to setup. That inst to say Calm is the most straight-forward, yet, but it is much easier.