Grant McWilliams

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Xenserver Howtos

Xenserver and Xen Cloud Platform howtos. Most of these howtos are up to date for Xenserver 6.5 (Creedence). However, the ones I use less may not currently but as I get to them I'll update them.

Xen Cloud Platform is the free/open community driven version of Citrix Xenserver.  I've moved all of my Xen Virtual Machines to Xen cloud Platform so any future tutorials will most likely be about XCP. I've found XCP to be a wonderful product but not necessarily an easy tool sometimes thus the tutorials you see below.

Citrix Xenserver has been opensourced and thus there's no need for Xen Cloud Platform any longer. Most of the tutorials here work on both but all future tutorials will be targeting Xenserver. As time permits I'm updating tutorials for Xenserver 6.5 (Creedence) - Jan 15, 2014.

How to get started: Go to xenserver.org and download the latest ISO disk image of Xenserver and install it on a machine. If you don't have a CD drive on your Xenserver host put the installer on a USB drive. It uses the whole machine as it's an appliance so beware. By the way I think this is the best design strategy. It's a good idea to let your Hypervisor/Cloud stack focus on what it's good at and not use it for playing World of Warcraft. ;-)

Expect a great deal more Howtos in the future. Feel free to request them as well. If it's within scope of what I'm doing I may create one just for you.

 These tutorials can also be found on the Xenapi Admin Project website and the XCP wiki.

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Access VHD VDIs from the Control Domain Jan 12, 2013 6642
Add a CD to a VM Nov 01, 2012 5574
Add a hard disk to a VM Nov 05, 2012 11235
Apply hotfixes to XCP 1.6 Mar 26, 2013 4476
Automated install of CentOS 6 VM (32 bit) Nov 17, 2011 8979
Automated install of CentOS 6 VM (64 bit) Nov 17, 2011 22232
Automated install of CentOS 7 VM (64 bit) Nov 17, 2014 4516
Automated install of Debian Wheezy VM (64 bit) using preseed Nov 17, 2011 3814
Automated install of Fedora 20 VM (32 bit) Nov 17, 2011 4068
Automated install of Fedora 20 VM (32 bit) Nov 17, 2011 2899
Automated install of Fedora 20 VM (64 bit) Nov 17, 2011 5724
Automated install of Kali Linux VM (64 bit) using preseed Nov 17, 2011 5376
Automated install of Ubuntu 12.04 VM (32 bit) using preseed Nov 17, 2011 6216
Automated install of Ubuntu 12.04 VM (64 bit) using kickstart Nov 17, 2011 9550
Automated install of Ubuntu 12.04 VM (64 bit) using preseed Nov 17, 2011 7721
Copy of Automated install of CentOS 7 VM (64 bit) Nov 17, 2011 641
Create an EXT CD repository Oct 29, 2012 3590
Create an iSCSI target on a Control Domain Oct 13, 2011 9491
Create an LVM CD repository Oct 29, 2012 4535
Create an NFS CD repository Oct 28, 2012 5087
Create custom templates Dec 25, 2011 10652
Fix the XCP expired license issue Dec 15, 2011 5891
How to manage VM images on XCP Dec 25, 2011 500
Install git on XCP/Xenserver host Jan 26, 2013 3243
Install XCP/Xenserver from a USB thumbdrive Dec 03, 2012 7498
Install xe on CentOS6 Jan 13, 2014 5067
Install Xenapi Admin Tools from github Jan 23, 2013 2788
Install Xenserver Hotfixes to XCP Jun 08, 2013 571
Install XenWebManager Appliance Apr 08, 2013 6628
Install XenWebManager on XCP host Apr 08, 2013 4188
Install XVP Appliance Feb 15, 2013 6500
Interactive install of OpenSuse 11.4 VM (64 bit) Nov 17, 2011 7055
Make VMs autoboot Apr 01, 2013 4368
OpenSuse 11.4 VM (64 bit) automated installation on XCP Nov 17, 2011 570
Reboot stuck VMs Aug 20, 2012 6077