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Implementing Citrix XenServer Quickstarter

Book Description

To get a flying start on virtualization technology, you can’t do better than this hands-on, let’s-keep-it-simple guide to implementing Citrix XenServer. From installation basics to advanced features, it’s all here in pictures and plain English.

  • A simple and quick start guide for any system admin who wants to step into the latest and hottest virtualization technology
  • Learn how to convert physical machines to virtual ones using XenConvert
  • Get to grips with the advanced features of Citrix XenServer

In Detail

Virtualization is the present and the future of the technological world and to keep up with the latest trends is critical for all of us. With cloud technology gaining popularity day by day it is important to get familiar with the basics and move quickly to a practical implementation. Citrix is one of the leading virtualization and cloud technology vendors and the number one choice of experts around the globe.

Implementing Citrix XenServer Quick Starter is a practical, hands-on guide which will walk you through a series of steps from the initial installation of Citrix XenServer to more advanced topics and enables you to readily build your own virtual environments.

Implementing Citrix XenServer Quick Starter starts with the background knowledge related to XenServer and quickly moves on to your very first installation of Citrix XenServer. From there we move on to the creation of virtual machines and browse through various concepts related to virtual machine management, helping you get to grips with the virtual machine administrator role.

You will get a complete, practical, and hands-on experience along with the required knowledge of all the core components involved in deploying and maintaining a virtualization environment.

Table of Contents

  1. Implementing Citrix XenServer Quickstarter
    1. Table of Contents
    2. Implementing Citrix XenServer Quickstarter
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewers
    6. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
        1. Why Subscribe?
        2. Free Access for Packt account holders
        3. Instant Updates on New Packt Books
    7. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    8. 1. Getting to Know Xen
      1. Life without virtualization
      2. What is virtualization?
        1. Types of virtualization
      3. History of Xen and XenServer
      4. How XenServer works
      5. Benefits of Citrix XenServer
      6. Requirements for XenServer
        1. System requirements
      7. What is XenCenter?
        1. System requirements
      8. Summary
    9. 2. Installing and Starting XenServer
      1. Downloading and installing XenServer
        1. Enabling virtualization in BIOS
      2. Installing XenServer
      3. Installing XenCenter
      4. Connecting XenCenter and XenServer
      5. Summary
    10. 3. Licensing XenServer and XenCenter
      1. XenServer licensing
      2. Activating the free license
      3. Activating the non-free license
      4. Managing the XenServer host
      5. Resource pools
      6. Summary
    11. 4. XenServer Storage Repositories
      1. Storage technologies and protocols
        1. Direct attached storage
        2. Network attached storage
        3. Storage area network
      2. Storage protocols
        1. Network file system (NFS)
        2. Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI)
        3. Fibre Channel (FC)
      3. Storage objects in XenServer
        1. Storage repository (SR)
        2. Virtual Disk Images (VDIs)
        3. Physical Block Devices (PBDs)
        4. Virtual Block Devices (VBDs)
      4. Storage attributes
      5. Creating a storage repository
        1. Creating an NFS VHD storage repository
        2. Creating a software iSCSI Storage Repository
        3. Creating a hardware HBA storage repository
        4. Creating a StorageLink repository
      6. Creating an ISO library
        1. Managing the storage repositories
      7. Summary
    12. 5. Playing with VMs
      1. Virtual machines using templates
        1. Selecting a template for a new virtual machine
        2. Selecting the operating-system-bootable ISO
        3. Selecting the host XenServer for a virtual machine
        4. Selecting storage space to create the vHDD
        5. Network interface and network connectivity
      2. XenServer Tools
      3. Creating new templates
        1. Converting an existing VM to a template
        2. Making templates from snapshots
      4. Importing templates
      5. Cloning VMs and templates
        1. Preparing and cloning Windows VMs
      6. Summary
    13. 6. Managing Virtual Machines
      1. Managing storage, memory, and networking
        1. Managing VM CPU and memory
        2. Dynamic memory control
        3. Managing virtual machine storage
        4. Managing network interfaces
      2. Importing and exporting virtual machines
        1. Exporting a virtual machine
        2. Importing a virtual machine
      3. Virtual machine snapshots
        1. Types of snapshots
          1. Disk-only
          2. Quiesced
          3. Disk and memory
      4. Introduction to vApps
      5. Summary
    14. 7. Networking in XEN
      1. The XenServer networking concept
      2. Network types and objects
        1. The networking pool
        2. Network types
        3. Using virtual networks
        4. VLANs with virtual machines
        5. NIC bonds
          1. Creating an NIC bond
          2. Deleting an NIC bond
        6. Virtual switches and routers
      3. Summary
    15. 8. Advanced Concepts
      1. Introduction to XenConvert
        1. System requirements
        2. Converting a physical machine to a virtual machine
        3. Preparing the host machine
      2. High Availability
        1. Failure planning
      3. Distributed vSwitch Controller
      4. Workload Balancing
      5. Role-based administration control
        1. Roles
      6. Summary
    16. Index