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Citrix XenServer 6.0 Administration Essential Guide

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Daniele Tosatto

Deploy and manage XenServer in your enterprise to create, integrate, manage and automate a virtual datacenter quickly and easily with this book and ebook.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849686167
Paperback364 pages

About This Book

  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

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
Summary
Chapter 2: Managing User Authentication
User management overview
Authenticating users with Active Directory
Role Based Access Control overview
Roles and Permissions
Assigning roles to users and groups
Summary
Chapter 3: Managing Storage Repositories
Storage overview
Storage technologies and protocols
Storage in XenServer
Creating Storage Repositories
Managing Storage Repositories
Storage multipathing
Summary
Chapter 4: Creating Virtual Machines
Overview of virtual machines
Overview of virtual machines creation
Creating virtual machines
Summary
Chapter 5: Managing Virtual Machines
Managing virtual machines
Importing and exporting virtual machines
Converting a physical machine
Managing vApps
Summary
Chapter 6: Managing XenServer and Virtual Machine Memory
XenServer memory overview
Virtual machine memory overview
Managing virtual machine memory
Summary
Chapter 7: Managing XenServer Networking
XenServer networking
Managing networking
Managing VLANs
Managing bonds
Distributed vSwitch Controller overview
Summary
Chapter 8: Managing High Availability and Snapshots
Overview of High Availability
Configuring High Availability
Managing snapshots
Summary
Chapter 9: Protecting and Monitoring XenServer
Overview of backup and virtual machine protection
Protection and recovery of virtual machines
Overview of Workload Balancing
Installing Workload Balancing Virtual Appliance
Configuring Workload Balancing
Managing Workload Balancing settings
Monitoring performances with Workload Balancing
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • 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.

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