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Nutanix In-Place Hypervisor Conversion | ESXi – AHV

Nutanix Cluster Hypervisor Conversion From VMware ESXi to Nutanix AHV Hypervisor

Nutanix Cluster Hypervisor Conversion From VMware ESXi to Nutanix AHV Hypervisor

Nutanix has one more great feature that is called Nutanix In-Place hypervisor / cluster conversion from VMware ESXi hypervisor to Nutanix AHV and vise-versa ( Convert back from Nutanix AHV to VMware ESXI hypervisor ) on Nutanix cluster. This unique feature gives you to freedom to change your currently running VMware ESXi hypervisor any time on fly if want to wish to use Nutanix AHV hypervisor on Nutanix cluster.

Note: This hypervisor conversion option only supported by Nutanix – No other vendor support it till today.

Perform the following procedure to convert the Nutanix ESXi cluster to Nutanix AHV. Perform this procedure only if you have converted your cluster from ESXi to AHV.

Requirements and Limitations for In-Place Hypervisor Conversion

Following are the general prerequisites along with requirements and limitations for the in-place hypervisor conversion feature from VMware ESXi hypervisor to Nutanix AHV hypervisor on the Nutanix cluster.


These are the prerequisites of Nutanix VMware ESXi cluster must meet before In-Place conversion of hypervisor, From VMware ESXi to Nutanix AHV hypervisor.

Read also: VMware Esxi 6.5 U1 High CPU Consumption issue

General Limitations

These are general limitations of cluster conversion from VMwar ESXi cluster to Nutanix AHV cluster:

Read also: Nutanix Two-nodes cluster Vulnerability

ESXi Supported Versions

Following VMware ESXi hypervisors are supported by Nutanix platform:

VMware ESXi VersionSupport



All the versions that are included in the ISO Whitelist (see ~/foundation/config/iso_whitelist.json file) that is bundled with AOS are supported.

If you have upgraded foundation by using standalone foundation, the ISO Whitelist is invalidated.

In this case, you need to see the original Whitelist that was present before you performed the upgrade.

To verify the json file that was bundled with AOS, see the nutanix-packages.json file.

ESXi Network Requirements and Limitations

NICMinimum of two or more homogenous NICs of 1 GB, 10 GB, or 40 GB are supported.
vSwitchEach host should have only one external vSwitch. If you have more than one external vSwitch conversion validation fails.

Ensure you have one active and multiple passive failover configuration of NICs on vSwitch.

Active/active load balancing policies are not supported and is converted to active/passive on AHV.

For a standard switch configuration it is recommended that all the port groups are present on all the hosts because there might be a possibility that the conversion process might move the VMs to a different host.
Distributed vSwitchSupported | Required Minimum Nutanix AOS 5.11
Internal vSwitchInternal vSwitch apart from Nutanix vSwitch is not supported.
LACPNot supported.

Read also: Nutanix HCI Infra Network Port List

Virtual Machine Requirements and Limitations

Supported Operating Systems

Operating SystemVersionsLimitations
WindowsWindows 2008 R2 or later versionsWindows 7 or later versionsOnly 64-bit operating system is supported.
LinuxCentOS 6.5 and 7.0Red Had Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.5 or later and RHEL 7.0 or later.Oracle Linux 6.5 and 7.0Ubuntu 14.04SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) operating system is not supported.

Begin Hypervisor Conversion | ESXi – AHV

Verify that you have met all the networking and virtual machine requirements as described above.

Now follow the Hypervisor conversion from currently running ESXi hypervisor to Nutanix AHV hypervisor on Nutani platform.

Video Tutorial

Convert Nutanix Cluster ESXi to AHV

You have to follow above described prerequisites, limitaions, steps to convert the Nutanix VMware ESXi cluster to Nutanix AHV cluster.


I hope, you have learned the way to convert the VMwar ESXi hypervisor cluster to Nutanix AHV cluster if you are not interested to use the VMware ESXi hypervisor any more and/or your VMware ESXi license has got expired, Nutanix AHV hypervisor is best option to opt because Nutanix AHV hypervisor is free to use with updates.

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