Account Access

Parameter Required Description Default
Management Endpoint Hostname/IP address of Prism Central
Username Username of the Prism Central user
Password Password of the Prism Central user
Allow insecure communication Set to true to allow insecure SSL communication to Prism Central False


Choose what Nutanix cluster the virtual machine will be scheduled to.

Parameter Required Description
Cluster Name of the Nutanix cluster where the VM should be deployed (case sensitive)

Instance Options

In the Instance Options section, configure the number of vCPUs, memory, and disk size for the VMs created by this template.

Parameter Required Description Default
CPUs Number of vCPUs allocated to the VM (cores) 2
Memory Amount of RAM allocated to the VM (MB) 2 GB
Template Image Name of the Disk Image template to clone as the VM’s primary disk (must support cloud-init)
VM Disk Size New size of the VM’s primary disk (in GiB)
Additional Disk Size Size of an additional disk to add to the VM (in GiB)
Storage Container Storage container UUID in which to provision an additional disk
Cloud Config YAML Cloud-init to provide to the VM (will be patched with Rancher root user)
Network Name(s) of the network(s) to attach to the VM
VM Categories Name(s) of any categories to be applied to the VM

The VM may use any modern Linux operating system that is configured with support for cloud-init using the Config Drive v2 datasource.


The node template allows a VM to be provisioned with multiple networks. In the Network field, you can click Add to add any networks available to you in AOS.

VM Categories

A category is a grouping of entities into a key value pair. Typically, VMs are assigned to a category based on some criteria. Policies can then be tied to those entities that are assigned (grouped by) a specific category value.


Cloud-init allows you to initialize your nodes by applying configuration on the first boot. This may involve things such as creating users or authorizing SSH keys.

To make use of cloud-init initialization, paste a cloud config using valid YAML syntax into the Cloud Config YAML field. Refer to the cloud-init documentation for a commented set of examples of supported cloud config directives.

Note that cloud-init based network configuration is not recommended and only supported via user data runcmd rather than by NoCloud or other network configuration datasources.

Nutanix IP Address Management (IPAM) or another DHCP service is recommended.