Implementing Citrix XenServer Quickstarter

Implementing Citrix XenServer Quickstarter
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  • 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

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 134 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : June 2013
ISBN : 1849689822
ISBN 13 : 9781849689823
Author(s) : Gohar Ahmed
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Virtualization and Cloud, Enterprise, Virtualisation

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting to Know Xen
Chapter 2: Installing and Starting XenServer
Chapter 3: Licensing XenServer and XenCenter
Chapter 4: XenServer Storage Repositories
Chapter 5: Playing with VMs
Chapter 6: Managing Virtual Machines
Chapter 7: Networking in XEN
Chapter 8: Advanced Concepts
  • Chapter 1: Getting to Know Xen
    • Life without virtualization
    • What is virtualization?
      • Types of virtualization
    • History of Xen and XenServer
    • How XenServer works
    • Benefits of Citrix XenServer
    • Requirements for XenServer
      • System requirements
    • What is XenCenter?
      • System requirements
    • Summary
        • Chapter 4: XenServer Storage Repositories
          • Storage technologies and protocols
            • Direct attached storage
            • Network attached storage
            • Storage area network
          • Storage protocols
            • Network file system (NFS)
            • Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI)
            • Fibre Channel (FC)
          • Storage objects in XenServer
            • Storage repository (SR)
            • Virtual Disk Images (VDIs)
            • Physical Block Devices (PBDs)
            • Virtual Block Devices (VBDs)
          • Storage attributes
          • Creating a storage repository
            • Creating an NFS VHD storage repository
            • Creating a software iSCSI Storage Repository
            • Creating a hardware HBA storage repository
            • Creating a StorageLink repository
          • Creating an ISO library
            • Managing the storage repositories
          • Summary
          • Chapter 5: Playing with VMs
            • Virtual machines using templates
              • Selecting a template for a new virtual machine
              • Selecting the operating-system-bootable ISO
              • Selecting the host XenServer for a virtual machine
              • Selecting storage space to create the vHDD
              • Network interface and network connectivity
            • XenServer Tools
            • Creating new templates
              • Converting an existing VM to a template
              • Making templates from snapshots
            • Importing templates
            • Cloning VMs and templates
              • Preparing and cloning Windows VMs
            • Summary
            • Chapter 6: Managing Virtual Machines
              • Managing storage, memory, and networking
                • Managing VM CPU and memory
                • Dynamic memory control
                • Managing virtual machine storage
                • Managing network interfaces
              • Importing and exporting virtual machines
                • Exporting a virtual machine
                • Importing a virtual machine
              • Virtual machine snapshots
                • Types of snapshots
                  • Disk-only
                  • Quiesced
                  • Disk and memory
              • Introduction to vApps
              • Summary
              • Chapter 7: Networking in XEN
                • The XenServer networking concept
                • Network types and objects
                  • The networking pool
                  • Network types
                  • Using virtual networks
                  • VLANs with virtual machines
                  • NIC bonds
                    • Creating an NIC bond
                    • Deleting an NIC bond
                  • Virtual switches and routers
                • Summary
                • Chapter 8: Advanced Concepts
                  • Introduction to XenConvert
                    • System requirements
                    • Converting a physical machine to a virtual machine
                    • Preparing the host machine
                  • High Availability
                    • Failure planning
                  • Distributed vSwitch Controller
                  • Workload Balancing
                  • Role-based administration control
                    • Roles
                  • Summary

                  Gohar Ahmed

                  Gohar Ahmed is an all round expert from Lahore, Pakistan. He works with different technologies related to virtualization, networking, system securities, server-side application development, and on top of all deals with Voice Over IP technologies and unified communication protocols using SIP protocol on both open source and proprietary software and hardware. Aside from keyboard, screen, and servers, he loves to do painting and gardening. Gohar maintains his blog at

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                  What you will learn from this book

                  • How to install Citrix XenServer
                  • Discover different XenServer licenses and their features
                  • Create virtual machines and perform management operations like taking snapshots
                  • Learn how to import and export virtual machines in different formats
                  • Convert physical machines to virtual ones using XenConvert
                  • Learn how different storage formats and storage repositories can be created easily
                  • Get to know basic concepts related to networking, storage, and memory related to virtual machines

                  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.


                  Implementing Citrix XenServer Quick Starter is a practical, hands-on guide that will help you get started with the Citrix XenServer Virtualization technology with easy-to-follow instructions.

                  Who this book is for

                  Implementing Citrix XenServer Quick Starter is for system administrators who have little to no information on virtualization and specifically Citrix XenServer Virtualization. If you're managing a lot of physical servers and are tired of installing, deploying, updating, and managing physical machines on a daily basis over and over again, then you should probably explore your option of XenServer Virtualization. This book will be your best friend to make you a better systems engineer.

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