How to speed up Windows XP installation on Nutanix AHV


If for any reason you have to run Windows XP on Nutanix AHV, there is simple trick to speed up install process. When you create VM in Prism, DO NOT create network adapter. Instead, log in over SSH to Nutanix CVM and from acli create new network adapter with type e1000. With e1000 network adapter type, installation doesn’t take longer than 10 minutes. With default (virtIO 10Gb) takes about 30 minutes.

NOTE: e1000 adapter is only 1Gbps speed, if you need bigger pipe, see steps at the bottom of this post.


  • Nutanix AOS – 4.7.2 or newer
  • Nutanix AHV – 20160601.20


  • List VM fist and find your VM
<acropolis> vm.list
VM name                      VM UUID
NTNX-AHV-FS-1                ff36e745-9daf-44ff-a81a-926dc99f07f0
NTNX-AHV-FS-2                98f3fdad-00af-4b79-945c-00e40fc1991b
NTNX-AHV-FS-3                c8cf0f09-86fd-4a9d-b360-52eb0040c7ed
WinXpSP3                     240c97d9-979f-4fc7-9399-b373767c590d
WinXpSp3E1000                b214e12e-e8ae-4102-933d-2eb5b36807ae
  • create new network adapter as e1000  with vm.nic_create
<acropolis> vm.nic_create WinXpSp3E1000 model=e1000 network=
VLAN88        VLAN92        afs-external  afs-internal  vlan.93
<acropolis> vm.nic_create WinXpSp3E1000 model=e1000 network=vlan.93
NicCreate: complete

When you finish installation, you can add new network adapter via Prism, install Redhat virtIO network drivers on Windows XP, remove old adapter and have fun with 10Gbps pipe from VM.

If you do not know how to deploy Windows XP on Nutanix AHV, have a look at my blog post here 

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Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).

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