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Implementing Citrix XenServer Quickstarter

Gohar Ahmed

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.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849689823
Paperback134 pages

About This Book

  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting to Know Xen
Life without virtualization
What is virtualization?
History of Xen and XenServer
How XenServer works
Benefits of Citrix XenServer
Requirements for XenServer
What is XenCenter?
Chapter 2: Installing and Starting XenServer
Downloading and installing XenServer
Installing XenServer
Installing XenCenter
Connecting XenCenter and XenServer
Chapter 3: Licensing XenServer and XenCenter
XenServer licensing
Activating the free license
Activating the non-free license
Managing the XenServer host
Resource pools
Chapter 4: XenServer Storage Repositories
Storage technologies and protocols
Storage protocols
Storage objects in XenServer
Storage attributes
Creating a storage repository
Creating an ISO library
Chapter 5: Playing with VMs
Virtual machines using templates
XenServer Tools
Creating new templates
Importing templates
Cloning VMs and templates
Chapter 6: Managing Virtual Machines
Managing storage, memory, and networking
Importing and exporting virtual machines
Virtual machine snapshots
Introduction to vApps
Chapter 7: Networking in XEN
The XenServer networking concept
Network types and objects
Chapter 8: Advanced Concepts
Introduction to XenConvert
High Availability
Distributed vSwitch Controller
Workload Balancing
Role-based administration control

What You Will Learn

  • 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.


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