Uploading ISOs & VM Images to Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV)

A common question is how do I upload an ISO or Virtual machine image to the Acropolis Hypervisor, well in NOS 4.5 this task just got radically simpler.

The below shows the “Home” screen in PRISM UI. As we can see in the top left we are running the Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) version 20150616.

By clicking the gear wheel at the top right, we can then access the “Image Configuration” menu.PRISMHomeImageService

The “Image configuration” menu is a quick and easy way to upload ISOs and Virtual Machine images to Acropolis.

Below we can see its a very simple process, simply give the Image a name along with annotation, select from a drop-down list the Image type, being ISO or Disk (RAW format, .img) and then select the image source, either from a URL or by uploading a file from your machine.


Once you have selected your ISO or Disk, hit save and the image will be uploaded and the status of the upload will be shown as per the below:


Once its completed, PRISM shows the following Summary:


Now when you create a new VM, you will be able to select “Clone from Image Service” and select the ISO Image from a drop-down list. How simple is that!


Simple as that! Now you can boot your VM and start using the ISO. The same process can also be used to upload VM disk images.

5 thoughts on “Uploading ISOs & VM Images to Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV)

    • Hi Alan,

      Are you running Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) as well or vSphere/Hyper-V?

      The image configuration feature is just for AHV, for vSphere / Hyper-V you use the hypervisor vendors tools.

      Hope that helps.

      • Hi Josh,

        Yes just Acropolis, i upgraded the Foundation to 2.1.2 and deployed the nodes with no other hypervisor but AHV. Speaking to the nutanix pre-sales guys today i believe this could be a pro licence feature not available on the trial. I could use winscp but found your article so wanted to give it a try, I will keep you posted once I get the block licensed.


        • Have you also upgraded to AHV 20150911? (Not just Acropolis base version 4.5 previousy known as NOS). I just checked one of my blocks which is starter edition and the feature is available.

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