Volume Group in Nutanix and Mount in Client iSCSI Initiator Step by Step

 What is the Volume Group in Nutanix and How to create? And mount in client or Initiator machines

VGs enable you to separate the data vDisks from the VM's boot vDisk. This separation allows you to create a protection domain that consists only of the data vDisks for snapshots and cloning. In addition, VGs let you configure a cluster with shared-disk access across multiple VMs. Supported clustering applications include Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC), IBM Spectrum Scale (formerly known as GPFS), Veritas InfoScale, and Red Hat Clustering. To attach the VG to multiple VMs when you use the aCLI, create it with a shared=true attribute. If you use Prism, answer yes when you attach the VG to a second VM. There are two ways to use Nutanix VGs: default VG and VGLB.

Note- : In short we are creating iSCSI disk, that we create in Windows server and allow the initiator to connect the disk and use it as a shared disk for MS Cluster.

Login to Prism 

Click Table -> Storage

Click Volume Group

Enter Volume Group Name


Click Add New Disk

Drop down and select the Storage Container.

Give the size and click Add

Click Add New Client to allow access to connect this Volume group

Enter client machine IP or IQN 

Click Add

You may add multiple clients IP or IQN to connect with VG and use disk as cluster disk.

Click Save 

Go to Table -> Storage -> Table and Volume Goup to see newly created Volume Group

Select the Volume to see the summary

I have assigned two initiators

How to Map Volume in client machine

Login to Client Machine

Open iSCSI Initiator

Enter iSCSI provider IP (Nutanix Server Cluster IP)

Click Quick Connect

Refresh the page 

Go to Disk management to see mounted disk

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