Installing Nutanix Community Edition 2.0 on Bare Metal — Single Node Cluster

Craig Robinson
10 min readMar 6, 2023

Home lab projects are my preferred method of learning new technology. Nutanix has some neat technology, and I want to learn with a hands-on approach. On March 1st, 2023, Nutanix released CE 2.0. This article details the process I used when installing Nutanix CE 2.0 on a bare metal server.

The official Nutanix documentation for Getting Started with Community Edition is here:

Server Requirements

The official server requirements for the community edition are listed here.

The RAM requirements are steep, requiring 20GB for the CVM, and an additional 24GB if you plan to run Prism Central, not including the memory needed for your VM workloads.

Here are the server specifications I used in this article:

Prepare the Server

When starting a new bare metal project, I reset the server to the factory state, run initial setup steps, set up remote console access, and update the firmware. I…