Creating a Virtualization Client for Nutanix AHV

The Nutanix AHV virtualization client manages data protection operations for a Nutanix cluster that runs AHV. If you have multiple AHV clusters, then you must create a different virtualization client for each one.

Note:  The Nutanix AHV virtualization client is used only to protect virtual machines that run in the Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV). To support other hypervisors running on a Nutanix cluster (such as VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V), configure a virtualization client for that hypervisor.

Before You Begin

  • Install the Virtual Server Agent (VSA) on at least one virtual machine (proxy) in the Nutanix AHV cluster. To create additional VSA proxies for the cluster, you can install the VSA on other virtual machines.
  • Identify the IP address or fully qualified domain name (FQDN) for a controller VM in the Nutanix AHV cluster and obtain the Prism administrator user credentials for the Nutanix AHV cluster.


  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the Client Computers node, and then select New Client > Virtualization > Nutanix AHV.

    The Create Nutanix AHV Client dialog box appears.

  2. Enter the name of the client computer in the Client Name box.
  3. In the Nutanix Cluster box, enter the cluster name or the virtual IP address for the Nutanix AHV cluster.
  4. Enter the user name and password to access the Nutanix cluster.

    The user must have Prism administrator privileges for the Nutanix cluster.

  5. To select a proxy for backup, click Add.
  6. To add VSA proxies, complete the following steps:
    1. From the Exclude list, select one or more proxies that reside in the Nutanix AHV cluster.

      The list displays all the clients that have the Virtual Server Agent installed and all the client groups. You can select one or more clients or client groups. When you select a client group, ensure that at least one client in the group has the Virtual Server Agent installed.

    2. Click Include.

      You can change the order of the proxies in the list by clicking the up arrow or the down arrow. The first proxy in the list is the coordinator proxy.

    3. Click OK.
  7. Click OK.