Step 1c. Create Virtual Machine - Nutanix AHV

Nutanix AHV is an enterprise-ready hypervisor, offering integrated virtualization, app mobility, management, operational insights, and security. Complete the following steps according to their numbered sequence to deploy virtual host in Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV).


Make sure that you have:

  • Network IP addresses, netmask, and gateway IP addresses for the virtual host.
  • Network names for all virtual hosts, if you are creating a cluster.
  • DNS or host information.
  • Password for virtual host access. The default username is root and the default password is netwitness.
  • The NetWitness 11.5 or later ISO file which is available for download from Downloads (
  • Administrative user account on Nutanix Prism.


Note: The following instructions illustrate an example of deploying a VM in the Nutanix AHV environment. The screens you see may be different from this example.

Create Image on Nutanix AHV

  1. Log in to the Nutanix Prism GUI.
  2. From the drop-down menu, click Settings and select Image Configuration.
  3. Click Upload Image.
  4. In the Create Image dialog, select Image Type as ISO. Specify other details based on your requirements.
  5. Select Upload a file and click Choose File.
  6. Browse to the stored location of the NetWitness 11.5 or later ISO file and select it.
  7. Click Save.

Create VM on Nutanix AHV

  1. In the Nutanix Primis GUI, click VM, from the drop-down menu.
  2. Go to the Table view and click Create VM.
  3. In the Create VM dialog, enter the required details such as name, description, time zone, vCPU, cores per vCPU, etc. For more information, see Creating a VM (AHV) in the Prism Web Console Guide.
  4. In the Create VM dialog, scroll down to the Disks section and click Add New Disk.

  5. In the Add Disk dialog, do the following:
    1. Select DISK in the Type field and specify other details based on your requirement.
    2. Select Allocate on Storage Container in the Operations field.
    3. Select SCSI as Bus Type.
  1. In the Add Disk dialog, select CD-ROM as the Type.

  2. Select Clone from Image Service in the Operations field and IDE as Bus Type.

  3. Select the NetWitness 11.5 or later ISO file that you uploaded in Step 6 in the Image field.netwitness_ntnxaddrom2.png
  4. Select Clone from Image Service in the Operations field and IDE as Bus Type.

  5. Click Add and enter other details such as adding network adapters, GPU, etc.
  6. Click Save. You can now see your VM in the VM list.

    IMPORTANT: Ensure that you eject the CD-ROM after installing the NetWitness Platform. Otherwise, every time you reboot the VM it will boot from CD-ROM.