Nutanix Unified Storage Administration (NUSA)

This course teaches you the administrative skills needed to install, configure, manage, and upgrade three different Nutanix unified storage products:

  • Nutanix Volumes - Learn how Nutanix Volumes provides block storage for your VMs or physical hosts using the iSCSI protocol, with the same simplicity as virtualized workloads, consolidating infrastructure into a single unified platform.
  • Nutanix Files - Set up and manage Nutanix Files, a software-defined, scale-out file storage solution that provides Server Message Block (SMB) and Network File System (NFS) file services to clients.
  • Nutanix Objects - Learn how easy it is to spin up Nutanix Objects in a few simple steps, and build a simple, secure, and scale-out stack.


  • Systems operators evaluating file, block, and object storage using Nutanix Files, Nutanix Volumes, and Nutanix Objects.
  • IT administrators and business leaders who manage Nutanix clusters and want a detailed deep dive into Nutanix storage administration.
  • Anyone pursuing Nutanix Certified Professional – Unified Storage (NCP-US) certification.


  • This course requires basic system administration knowledge, acquired through training or hands-on experience.
  • You should be familiar with iSCSI, SMB, NFS storage protocols, and S3 compatible storage; be able to create a VM through the Nutanix web console (Prism); and know how to run commands from the command line interface (CLI).
  • An understanding of Nutanix core concepts and definitions, which can be found here.
  • If you do not have these skills, we recommend taking the Nutanix Hybrid Cloud Fundamentals (NHCF) class first.
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Course Outline

1: Installing and Configuring Nutanix Volumes

  • Understanding When to Use Nutanix Volumes
  • Deploying Nutanix Volumes and Understanding iSCSI Target Redirection
  • Configuring Nutanix Volumes

2: Managing, Upgrading, and Monitoring Nutanix Volumes

  • Failover and Failback Processes
  • Understanding Storage Management and Using the Storage and Volume Groups Dashboards
  • Modifying a Volume Group

3: Analyzing and Optimizing Nutanix Volumes

  • Firewall Settings
  • IQNs/Allowlists
  • iSCSI Timeout Sessions
  • Troubleshooting Volume Group Capacity

Nutanix Volumes: Hands on Labs

  • Preparing the Cluster
  • Configuring Volumes for Windows and Linux
  • Managing Volumes for Windows and Linux
  • Configuring iSCSI Network Segmentation (Optional) 

4: Installing and Configuring Nutanix Files

  • Introduction to Nutanix Files
  • Architecting and Sizing Nutanix Files Environments
  • Installing Nutanix Files
  • The File Server Dashboard
  • Configuring Nutanix Files

5: Managing, Upgrading, and Monitoring Nutanix Files

  • Managing Nutanix Files
  • Using File Analytics
  • Using Data Lens and Smart DR
  • Monitoring Performance and Usage
  • Upgrading Nutanix Files

6: Analyzing and Optimizing Nutanix Files

  • Understanding the Nutanix Files High Availability Process
  • Troubleshooting Nutanix Files Issues

Nutanix Files: Hands on Labs

  • Installing Nutanix Files
  • Managing File Shares and Exports with the Files Console
  • Working with File Analytics
  • Deleting Nutanix Files

7: Deploying and Configuring Nutanix Objects

  • Introduction to Nutanix Objects
  • Enabling Nutanix Objects
  • Architecting and Sizing Nutanix Objects
  • Deploying and Configuring Nutanix Objects
  • Configuring Bucket Policies 

8: Managing, Upgrading, and Monitoring Nutanix Objects

  • Managing Directories and API Keys
  • Managing the Object Store
  • Managing a Bucket
  • Upgrading Nutanix Objects Using LCM
  • Monitoring Nutanix Objects
  • Replication with Nutanix Objects
  • Cloud Tiering 

9: Analyzing and Troubleshooting Nutanix Objects

  • Troubleshooting Issues with Cluster Deployment, Read/Write, Upgrades, and Objects/MSP Clusters using CLI Commands
  • Log Collection for Nutanix Objects

Nutanix Objects: Hands on Labs

  • Configuring Nutanix Objects
  • Managing Nutanix Objects