Nutanix, Rubrik

Rubrik with Nutanix AHV

In today’s complex and complicated world of data center there are few technologies that had created disruptions in traditional management and operations, Nutanix made its mark in compute and storage with simplicity along with virtualization with AHV. There is new player creating distruption in one of the key areas of your datacenter is Rubrik, with their simplistic approach in backup data management.

Rubrik, approaches the backup data management problem with scalable, distributed hyperconverge appliance instead of master/media/client model. With simplistic approach of Rubrik, there will be one more job role rest in selves is Backup Operators as the integrated self-service and automation will handover and give control to the application owner itself.

Recently Rubrik had released version 4.0 (Alta) with tons of features (I had shared the announcement earlier on my blog), one of key feature was support of Nutanix AHV. As the Nutanix AHV is getting more adaptions rate, Rubrik is sure going to add value to Nutanix in enterprise data center.

Recently I got opportunity to try the integration of Rubrik with Nutanix AHV as I already tested Rubrik with VMware vSphere it was just to added Nutanix Cluster and manage protection and good to go.. no more babysitting for backup solutions. Be gone days of adding clients, creating jobs, creating schedules, creating selection list.

So here it goes..

Nutanix Cluster should be AOS 5.1.x and above (with Rest API v3) and Rubrik 4.x (4.0.2 and above). Make sure Data IP address is already set in Nutanix Cluster.

Access Rubrik through  IP address of any node, enter admin credentials to login to Rubrik.


Once you are logged in you are presented with a nice dashboard, showing all snapshot of protected/unprotected VMs and SLA statistics with realtime graphs and Brik status and disk utilization.


To start with Nutanix AHV, the Nutanix cluster has to be added by either left bar under Virtual Machines and AHV VMs or Settings wheel at right top corner and manage Nutanix Cluster.


Click Add cluster


Now we need some information from Nutanix cluster,


Enter FQDN or IP Address of Nutanix cluster, Nutanix Cluster UUID  (to find UUID see below),  Prism admin username and password and certificate.

Nutanix cluster UUID is in cluster details popup when clicked on cluster name


or use

ncli cluster info


If the default certificate has been used then use below commands to get the certificate from any of Nutanix CVMs.

import ssl
print ssl.get_server_certificate (('<cluster_ip>', 9440),ssl_version=ssl.PROTOCOL_TLSv1)

Thanks to my fellow NTC Frederic Lhoest for commands.



Click Add.. So well Nutanix AHV cluster added now what..


You can go to all VMs, select / search for the VMs or select the full cluster and click Manage Protection


Select the SLA Domain you need or create SLA domain as per your requirement and you are good to go.


Rubrik is automatically manage and start backing up the VMs according to the SLA Domain.

Have a good nights sleep..

more to continue.. with backup, restore and self-service.

Rubrik with Nutanix AHV …contd.


5 thoughts on “Rubrik with Nutanix AHV

  1. Farhan,

    You will need to also add a note that with Nutanix AOS 5.5, you must change your TLS information:

    import ssl
    print ssl.get_server_certificate ((”, 9440),ssl_version=ssl.PROTOCOL_TLSv1_2)


  2. Hi Farhan,

    Since the latest version of Nutanix AHV, the command to export the SSL certificate has now changed. You should use :

    print ssl.get_server_certificate ((‘nutanix_vip’, 9440),ssl_version=ssl.PROTOCOL_TLSv1_2)

    Furthermore, Rubrik need to adjust the nutanixAosVersionRegexCheck parameter on their side. There is some compatibility matrix scheme on the Rubrik side which is not automatically updated. Each time you upgrade Nutanix AHV, you need to double check Rubrik still works.

    Hope this is helping other readers.


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