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                    Global Technology Solutions Institute
          Virtualization Computing Hands-on Labs Training Manual

 Step-By-Step Build & Deploy Citrix XenServer 5.6 and XenCenter
                                          Kefa Rabah
                               GTS Institute, Vancouver Canada
                                          krabah@gtechsi.org
                                           www.gtechsi.org

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STEP-BY-STEP BUILD & DEPLOY CITRIX XENSERVER AND XENCENTER                                              2
Introduction                                                                                             2

Hands-on Labs Session                                                                                    2

Part 1: Install Citrix Xen Server                                                                        3
  Step 1: Download and Install Citrix Xen                                                                3
  Step 2: Access Local Command Shell                                                                    16
  Step 3: XenServer Command Line Interface                                                              18
    1. XE Basics                                                                                        18
    2. Basic xe Syntax                                                                                  18
    3. Common Commands                                                                                  18
  Step 4: Common Host Commands                                                                          19

Part 3: Installing XenCenter                                                                            19

Part 4: Install Linux CentOS5 VM and XenServer Tools                                                    30
  Step 1: Install Linux CentOS5 VM                                                                      30
  Step 2: Install XenServer Tools “xs-tools.iso”                                                        44

Part 5: Creating an ISO Library for Citrix XenServer 5.6 Using Samba                                    47
  Step 1: Create Shared Folders and Add Permitted Users                                                 47
  Step 2: Adding SAMBA Share to Citrix XenServer via XenCenter                                          48

Part 6: Using XenConvert for XenServer 5.6 workload, machine conversions                                52
  Step 1: Starting the conversion                                                                       52
  Step 2: Troubleshooting XenConvert                                                                    53

Part 7: Need More Training on Linux                                                                     54
  Citrix XenServer & XenCenter Administration Training – HPC102                                         54
  Linux Administration Training                                                                         54

Part 8: Hands-on Labs Assignments                                                                       54


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www.gtechsi.org                       HPC102 – Citrix XenServer and XenCenter Administration Training
GTS Institute, HPC Labs                      Step-By-Step Build & Deploy Citrix XenServer & XenCenter v1.3




                    Global Technology Solutions Institute
          Virtualization Computing Hands-on Labs Training Manual

       Step-By-Step Build & Deploy Citrix XenServer and XenCenter
By Kefa Rabah, krabah@gtechsi.org                           Sept 30, 2010                 GTS Institute



Introduction
Citrix® XenServer® is server virtualization that makes datacenters more agile and efficient through faster
application delivery, higher levels of availability and improved utilization of IT resources. It’s an enterprise-
ready virtualization platform that contains all the capabilities required to create and manage a virtual
infrastructure and deliver cost-effective server consolidation and business continuity. It reduces datacenter
costs by transforming static and complex datacenter environments into more dynamic, easy to manage
"delivery centers" by including features such as live migration, shared storage support, centralized multi-node
management and resource pooling.

Citrix XenServer is a complete, managed server virtualization platform built on the powerful Xen®
hypervisor. Xen technology is widely acknowledged as the fastest and most secure virtualization software
in the industry. XenServer is designed for efficient management of Windows® and Linux® virtual servers
and delivers cost-effective server consolidation and business continuity

Citrix XenCenter is the Windows-native graphical user interface for managing Citrix XenServer, there is no
Linux version. Full feature include: full virtual machine installation, configuration and lifecycle
management; Access to VM consoles: VNC for installation-time, Xvnc for graphical displays on Linux, and
Remote Desktop for Windows and many more.

The Xen® hypervisor, the powerful open source industry standard for virtualization, offers a powerful,
efficient, and secure feature set for virtualization of x86, x86_64, IA64, ARM, and other CPU architectures.
It supports a wide range of guest operating systems including Windows®, Linux®, Solaris®, and various
versions of the BSD operating systems.

XenServer is the enterprise-ready, cloud-proven virtualization platform that contains all the capabilities
required to create and manage a virtual infrastructure. It is trusted by demanding organizations to run the
most mission critical applications and used by the largest clouds and xSPs. XenServer.


Hands-on Labs Session
In this hands-on lab you will learn how to build and deploy Citrix XenServer and Citrix XenCenter. Through
hands-on, you will learn how to install and configure a virtualization server and connecting to the server
with XenCenter. In the follow-up hands-on-labs, you’ll learn how to install virtual machines like Linux
CentOS 5, Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat and Windows systems. Also to be
learned on coming training labs will include on how to use this VMs to deploy applications like DNS,
Messaging solutions, Webserver etc. Finally, you’ll learn how to create Windows Share on another

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Windows VM to store our distribution ISOs and how to add the share to XenServer using XenCenter. I’ll
also teach you how to install and use XenConvert to perform physical-to-virtual (P2V) and virtual-to-virtual
(V2V) machine conversions by using Citrix XenConvert, e.g., say VMware VM to XenServer VM. Upon
completion of this hands-on lab session you should have gained a competency and skills necessary to
install Citrix XenServer and Citrix XenCenter with multiple guest machines to enable you build a complete
network infrastructure.




Part 1: Install Citrix Xen Server

Step 1: Download and Install Citrix Xen
1. Fire-up your browser and go to here and download the latest Citrix XenServer, at the time of writing
   this hands-on, it was:XenServer-5.6.0-linux-cd.iso

2. Burn your iso to CD

3. Next, insert the XenServer CD into your CD-device and let’s begin the installation process.

4. From Fig. 1, hit <Enter> key start installation.




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