Installing and Configuring XenServer 6.2 and XenCenter 6.2 – Part1

This step by step guide will help you to install Citrix XenServer 6.2 and XenCenter Windows Management Console 6.2. XenServer runs directly on your bare-metal hardware, if you are familiar with VMware ESX or ESXi/vSphere then its easy to understand XenServer functionality.

XenServer was actually meant to be installed on server class hardware. However, since it’s a Linux distribution and it’s using the para-virtualization technique of virtualizing, it tends to be compatible with a wide range of desktops or even laptops. 

So if you want to experiment, you can actually install XenServer on a laptop or on a Desktop even on a VMware workstation virtual machine.

XenServer Hardware Capabilities

You need a minimum of 2 GB of RAM just to install XenServer, but the recommended is at least 8 GB, especially if you intend to host multiple virtual machines on top of it. XenServer alone will require 16 GB of disk space. But again, you'll need more for your virtual machines. 

It can work with a 100 Mb NIC controller. However, what is really recommended is a Gigabit or even a 10 Gigabit Ethernet controller. 

You can put up to 1 TB of RAM, 16 NICs, and 64 logical processors on one physical host running XenServer. Remember that the logical processors are a combination of the cores, the hyper-threading that’s enabled, etc. 

I strongly recommend you check the hardware compatibility list (HCL) at hcl.xensource.combefore you purchase any of the hardware or peripherals you intend to attach to your server.


Step1 - Installing XenServer

Mount the XenServer ISO image on your virtual machine or insert burned XenServer CD/DVD on your physical server.

Press ENTER to start installation

Select your desired Key Map and press OK

Here you can load additional device drivers if you want otherwise go with default then Click OK

Enter to Accept license agreement.

Your installation disk is already selected. Enter to OK

Since you are installation media is local, no need to change here. Hit enter to OK

We do not have any supplemental packs to be installed. Click No

Select Skip verification and Hit Enter to OK

Specify password and hit Enter to OK

You have option either use DHCP or Static network configuration.  Press enter to OK

If you chose Static network configuration then you have to provide hostname and DNS configuration as well. When complete, hit enter to OK

Select your time zone region and enter to OK

Select your time zone city and enter to OK

I do not have any NTP server so I am going with manual time entry. Hit enter to OK

Hit enter to Install XenServer

Installation process started, this will take several minutes to complete.

Installation completed, hit enter to OK and your machine will be rebooted.

You’ll then go through one final reboot, immediately after which your XenServer should be up and ready to go. Just be sure to eject the optical media that contained your installer.

XenServer startup completed, you can manage few resources through this GUI interface. Take note of that IP address because you’re going to need that in a short while.

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