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 7081
Add a CD to a VM Nov 01, 2012 6025
Add a hard disk to a VM Nov 05, 2012 12209
Apply hotfixes to XCP 1.6 Mar 26, 2013 5433
Automated install of CentOS 6 VM (32 bit) Nov 17, 2011 9480
Automated install of CentOS 6 VM (64 bit) Nov 17, 2011 23095
Automated install of CentOS 7 VM (64 bit) Nov 17, 2014 6683
Automated install of Debian Wheezy VM (64 bit) using preseed Nov 17, 2011 4413
Automated install of Fedora 20 VM (32 bit) Nov 17, 2011 4598
Automated install of Fedora 20 VM (32 bit) Nov 17, 2011 4008
Automated install of Fedora 20 VM (64 bit) Nov 17, 2011 6278
Automated install of Kali Linux VM (64 bit) using preseed Nov 17, 2011 6235
Automated install of Ubuntu 12.04 VM (32 bit) using preseed Nov 17, 2011 6621
Automated install of Ubuntu 12.04 VM (64 bit) using kickstart Nov 17, 2011 10044
Automated install of Ubuntu 12.04 VM (64 bit) using preseed Nov 17, 2011 8066
Copy of Automated install of CentOS 7 VM (64 bit) Nov 17, 2011 1172
Create an EXT CD repository Oct 29, 2012 4118
Create an iSCSI target on a Control Domain Oct 13, 2011 9945
Create an LVM CD repository Oct 29, 2012 4930
Create an NFS CD repository Oct 28, 2012 5572
Create custom templates Dec 25, 2011 11147
Fix the XCP expired license issue Dec 15, 2011 6372
How to manage VM images on XCP Dec 25, 2011 913
Install git on XCP/Xenserver host Jan 26, 2013 4028
Install xe on CentOS6 Jan 13, 2014 5991
Install Xenapi Admin Tools from github Jan 23, 2013 3202
Install Xenserver from a USB thumbdrive Dec 03, 2012 8193
Install Xenserver Hotfixes to XCP Jun 08, 2013 1046
Install XenWebManager Appliance Apr 08, 2013 7532
Install XenWebManager on XCP host Apr 08, 2013 5019
Install XVP Appliance Feb 15, 2013 7505
Interactive install of OpenSuse 11.4 VM (64 bit) Nov 17, 2011 7510
Make VMs autoboot Apr 01, 2013 4871
OpenSuse 11.4 VM (64 bit) automated installation on XCP Nov 17, 2011 1094
Reboot stuck VMs Aug 20, 2012 6454