Citrix XenServer 6.0 Administration Essential Guide

Citrix XenServer 6.0 Administration Essential Guide
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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • This book and eBook will take you through deploying XenServer in your enterprise, and teach you how to create and maintain your datacenter.
  • Manage XenServer and virtual machines using Citrix management tools and the command line.
  • Organize secure access to your infrastructure using role-based access control.
  • Back up your host and the highavailability of virtual machines.
  • The book contains practical examples and tips by the author from his own experience in clear step by step

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 364 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : June 2012
ISBN : 1849686165
ISBN 13 : 9781849686167
Author(s) : Daniele Tosatto
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Virtualization and Cloud, Enterprise, Virtualisation

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introducing XenServer Resource Pools
Chapter 2: Managing User Authentication
Chapter 3: Managing Storage Repositories
Chapter 4: Creating Virtual Machines
Chapter 5: Managing Virtual Machines
Chapter 6: Managing XenServer and Virtual Machine Memory
Chapter 7: Managing XenServer Networking
Chapter 8: Managing High Availability and Snapshots
Chapter 9: Protecting and Monitoring XenServer
Appendix A: Supported Guest Operating Systems and Virtual Machine Templates
Appendix B: Applying Updates and Hotfixes
  • Chapter 1: Introducing XenServer Resource Pools
    • XenServer resource pool overview
    • XenServer resource pool requirements
    • Creating a XenServer resource pool
    • Creating a heterogeneous XenServer resource pool
    • Designating a new pool master host
    • Removing a XenServer host from a resource pool
    • Preparing a XenServer host for maintenance
    • Licensing XenServer
      • Activating a free edition
      • Activating a non-free edition
    • Summary
    • Chapter 2: Managing User Authentication
      • User management overview
      • Authenticating users with Active Directory
        • Understanding Active Directory authentication
          • Enabling Active Directory authentication on a pool
          • Disabling Active Directory Authentication
          • User authentication
          • Removing access for a user using the CLI
      • Role Based Access Control overview
      • Roles and Permissions
        • Definitions of RBAC Roles and Permissions
        • Calculating RBAC roles
      • Assigning roles to users and groups
        • Assigning or changing a role to a user or group
      • Summary
      • Chapter 3: Managing Storage Repositories
        • Storage overview
        • Storage technologies and protocols
          • Direct Attached Storage
          • Storage Area Network (SAN)
          • Network Attached Storage (NAS)
          • Storage protocols
            • Network File System (NFS)
            • Fibre Channel (FC)
            • Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI)
        • Storage in XenServer
          • Storage Repository (SR)
          • Virtual Disk Images (VDIs)
            • Storage attributes
          • Physical Block Devices (PBDs)
          • Virtual Block Devices (VBDs)
        • Creating Storage Repositories
          • Creating a Storage Repository
          • Creating a new NFS VHD Storage Repository
          • Creating a new software iSCSI Storage Repository
          • Creating a new hardware HBA Storage Repository
          • Creating a new StorageLink Repository
          • Creating a new ISO Storage Repository
        • Managing Storage Repositories
          • Reattaching an SR
          • Adding a Storage Repository
        • Storage multipathing
          • Enabling multipathing
        • Summary
        • Chapter 4: Creating Virtual Machines
          • Overview of virtual machines
            • XenServer Tools
          • Overview of virtual machines creation
            • Using VM templates
            • Converting a physical machine to virtual
            • Importing an exported VM
            • Cloning an existing VM
          • Creating virtual machines
            • Creating a Windows virtual machine
            • Installing the XenServer Tools package
            • Creating a Windows virtual machine using xe CLI
              • Creating a Windows machine
              • Renaming the virtual disk
              • Resizing the disk
              • Installing a DVD drive on a virtual machine
          • Summary
          • Chapter 5: Managing Virtual Machines
            • Managing virtual machines
              • Cloning a virtual machine
              • Creating a template
            • Importing and exporting virtual machines
              • Open Virtualization Format (OVF)
              • Importing a virtual machine from an OVF/OVA package
              • Importing disk images
              • Importing VMs from XVA
              • Exporting a virtual machine
            • Converting a physical machine
            • Managing vApps
              • Creating a vApp
              • Importing and exporting a vApp
            • Summary
              • Chapter 7: Managing XenServer Networking
                • XenServer networking
                  • Initial network configuration
                    • Networking and XenServer Pools
                  • Network types
                • Managing networking
                  • Changing networking configuration
                    • Adding and modifying virtual networks
                    • Configuring management interfaces
                • Managing VLANs
                  • Connecting a virtual machine to a VLAN
                • Managing bonds
                  • Active/Active bonding
                  • Active/Passive bonding
                    • Creating an NIC Bond
                • Distributed vSwitch Controller overview
                  • Deploying the Distributed vSwitch Controller
                  • Managing the Distributed vSwitch Controller
                    • Viewing the status of a Distributed vSwitch Controller
                    • Address and virtual machine groups
                    • Managing Access Control List rules
                    • Setting Port Configuration Policies
                • Summary
                • Chapter 8: Managing High Availability and Snapshots
                  • Overview of High Availability
                    • Setting restart priorities
                  • Configuring High Availability
                    • Managing host and virtual machines with High Availability
                      • Shutting down or rebooting a host with HA enabled
                      • Shutting down a protected VM
                  • Managing snapshots
                    • Working with snapshots
                      • Creating a snapshot
                      • Restoring a VM to a previous state
                      • Deleting a snapshot
                      • Creating a template from a snapshot
                      • Creating a virtual machine from a snapshot
                      • Exporting a snapshot
                  • Summary
                  • Chapter 9: Protecting and Monitoring XenServer
                    • Overview of backup and virtual machine protection
                      • Backing up your XenServer environment
                      • Restoring from failures
                    • Protection and recovery of virtual machines
                      • Creating a VM protection policy
                      • Managing VM protection policies
                        • Assigning a VM to an existing VM protection policy
                        • Recovering a virtual machine from snapshots
                    • Overview of Workload Balancing
                    • Installing Workload Balancing Virtual Appliance
                    • Configuring Workload Balancing
                    • Managing Workload Balancing settings
                      • Adjusting Optimization Mode
                      • Adjusting Workload Balancing automation
                      • Changing Critical Thresholds and Metric Weightings
                      • Excluding hosts from recommendations
                      • Controlling automated recommendations
                  • Monitoring performances with Workload Balancing
                    • Generating reports
                      • Chargeback Utilization Analysis
                      • Host Health History
                      • Pool Optimization Performance History
                      • Pool Audit Trail
                      • Pool Health
                      • Pool Health History
                      • Pool Optimization History
                      • Virtual Machine Motion History
                      • Virtual Machine Performance History
                  • Summary

                        Daniele Tosatto

                        Daniele Tosatto is a highly experienced Senior Systems Engineer based in Venice, Italy. He is a Microsoft Certified IT Professional, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Citrix Certified Administrator and has been working with Microsoft products since 2000 as a system administrator. In 2008 he started working for one of the Italian Citrix Platinum Partners. He is focused on Active Directory, server virtualization, application virtualization and delivery and IT infrastructure management. He maintains a blog at
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                        What you will learn from this book

                        • Create and manage XenServer resource pools to manage your XenServer host as a unique identity
                        • Use XenServer features like XenMotion to move the VM from one host to another without downtime
                        • Manage user authentication using role-based access control
                        • Configure Storage Repository and Networking
                        • Create, Import and Export Virtual Machines
                        • Convert physical machines to virtual using XenConvert
                        • Manage Virtual Machines memory and snapshots with dynamic memory control and optimize Xen memory usage
                        • Enable and manage High Availability in your XenServer
                        • Integrate and configure XenServer with Microsoft Active Directory
                        • Manage backups of XenServer host, protection, and the high-availability of virtual machines

                        In Detail

                        Virtualization helps an organization reduce costs and achieve low maintenance. It is fast becoming an important skill for all administrators. Citrix’s XenServer is one of the leading virtualization solutions for enterprises and helps companies reduce costs while allowing them to integrate, automate and easily manage their datacenters. It comes with a steep learning curve, but the results are well worth the effort.

                        This practical guide on XenServer administration shows you how to manage XenServer pools; create, configure and manage virtual machines and a datacenter. With the help of real-world examples in this book, you will be able to apply these concepts directly in your everyday life. Packed with author’s tips and helpful advice; the book is your best choice for anything related to XenServer administration.

                        This is the only book that focuses on the most vital aspect of XenServer–administration. You don’t have to struggle through the lesser-documented tasks anymore, this book will provide all the information you need to create and run a perfectly designed datacenter using XenServer.

                        You will begin your journey towards becoming an expert XenServer administrator by configuring XenServer pools and managing role-based user authentication. Your next step is to create and manage virtual machines. In the following chapters you will learn to configure storage. The book discusses some of the more difficult tasks like configuring and managing VM memory. In the end you will be capable of handling your datacenter and virtual machines through a network, and you will learn how to monitor and backup your XenServer setup. All through the book, the author adds his helpful tips and advice that will help you choose the best options for your setup.


                        This is a practical, concise step-by-step tutorial with screenshots for carrying out tasks showing you how to manage and administer a XenServer in your business. The author brings his own extensive knowledge of XenServer. The book is full of best practices and tips that will help you benefit from the author's experience in working with XenServer.

                        Who this book is for

                        If you are an administrator working on XenServer, this book is for you. The book assumes that you have a basic understanding of XenServer administration, but need not have working experience with XenServer. You must be well aware of virtualization concepts as the book does not cover that.

                        IT consultants, service providers and architects, who want to approach XenServer as a virtualization platform will also find this book useful.

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