Converting to Nutanix AHV

When restoring VMware virtual machines from backup, you can restore the VMs as virtual machines that run on the Nutanix AHV hypervisor.

You can perform VM conversions from streaming backups, from secondary copies, or from IntelliSnap backup copies. You cannot perform a conversion from a Snap copy.


If a VMware source VM has IDE or SATA disks, you must use a proxy located outside of an AHV cluster to convert a VMware VM to Nutanix AHV. If you use a proxy VM located inside an AHV cluster, the restore will fail as Nutanix does not support Hotadd of IDE or SATA disks.

You may also use the sConvertControllerTypeTo additional setting to override the source VM disk controller types. If the source VM has IDE or SATA disks, choosing a value such as scsi will restore them as scsi disks.

Before You Begin


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Protect > Virtualization.

    The Virtual machines page appears.

  2. Click the VM groups tab.

    The VM group page appears. The VM groups area displays summary information for any existing VM groups.

  3. In the VM groups area, click Restore for the VM group that contains the virtual machine.

  4. In the Select restore type page, select Full virtual machine to restore one or more full virtual machines.

  5. In the Restore page, expand the tree on the left and select the VMs to be restored on the right. Select an item or click on an entry in the Name column to browse within an item.

    In the top right corner of the page, a "Showing" message indicates what backup data is being displayed. You can click the down arrow beside this message and select any of the following options:

    • Show latest backups: Only display data for the most recent backups.

    • Show backups as of a specific date: Only display data up to the date you specify.

    • Show backups for a date range: Only display data within the data range you specify.

    The Restore options dialog box appears.

  6. Enter the restore options for the Nutanix AHV VM.

  7. Click Submit to run the restore job.


After restoring a VM to Nutanix AHV, you might need to perform the following actions:

  1. If the source VM had more than six disks, then the Nutanix AHV VM attaches disk 0 through disk 5 as SATA disks and attaches any additional disks as SCSI disks.

  2. Manually initialize SCSI disks to bring them online.

  3. For Windows source VMs, manually install Nutanix Guest Tools.

    The Virtio network card driver is required.

  4. For UNIX guest instances to launch, select a boot option such as rescue mode.

Some source VMs that have older operating systems, such as Windows 2008, might not be able to boot from SATA disks.