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Mastering Citrix® XenServer®

Mastering
Martez Reed

Design and implement highly optimized virtualization solutions using Citrix® XenServer® 6.2
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Book Details

ISBN 139781783287390
Paperback300 pages

About This Book

  • Master mission-critical aspects of virtualization to develop, deploy, and administer virtual infrastructures
  • Integrate Citrix XenServer with OpenStack and CloudStack to create a private cloud
  • Implement automation with command-line Windows PowerShell scripting

Who This Book Is For

If you are an administrator who is looking to gain a greater understanding of how to design and implement a virtualization solution based on Citrix® XenServer®, then this book is for you. The book will serve as an excellent resource for those who are already familiar with other virtualization platforms, such as Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware vSphere.

The book assumes that you have a good working knowledge of servers, networking, and storage technologies.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started with XenServer®
Citrix XenServer
What's new in Citrix XenServer 6.2
Planning and Installing Citrix XenServer
Installing Citrix XenServer 6.2
Installing and setting up XenCenter
XenServer PXE installation
XenServer answer file
Planning and upgrading Citrix XenServer
Rolling pool upgrades
Summary
Chapter 2: Planning and Configuring XenServer Networking
XenServer networking overview
The management interface
Dedicated IP storage NICs
Bonding
Virtual Local Area Networks
QoS
Summary
Chapter 3: Planning and Configuring XenServer Storage
XenServer storage overview
XenServer storage components
Managing SRs
Summary
Chapter 4: Creating and Managing Virtual Machines
VM overview
Creating a VM
VM snapshots
Importing and exporting VMs
Summary
Chapter 5: Ensuring Availability
Resource pool overview
XenMotion
Storage XenMotion
Understanding HA
Summary
Chapter 6: Business Continuity
Developing a XenServer business continuity plan
Backing up and restoring XenServer VMs
Backing up and restoring XenServer
Restoring a XenServer deployment
XenServer Disaster Recovery
XenServer DR requirements
Summary
Chapter 7: Managing and Monitoring XenServer
XenServer updates
Monitoring XenServer performance
Performance alerts
E-mail notifications
Simple Network Management Protocol
XenServer logging
The XenCenter event log
The XenCenter application log
Summary
Chapter 8: Securing XenServer
Local authentication
Active Directory integration
RBAC
Host security
VM security
Storage security
Summary
Chapter 9: Extending XenServer
Command-line management
PowerShell integration
XenServer SDKs
CloudStack integration
The XenServer Conversion Manager
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Explore the new features of Citrix® XenServer® 6.2
  • Install and upgrade XenServer®
  • Understand XenServer® networking to design optimized XenServer® solutions
  • Leverage shared storage technologies to create scalable XenServer® deployments
  • Secure, optimize, and monitor XenServer®deployments
  • Build and manage virtual machines
  • Design highly available XenServer®virtualization solutions
  • Automate XenServer® through the use of the command line and Windows PowerShell scripting

In Detail

Citrix® XenServer® is a powerful, open source virtualization platform for the development and management of cloud, server, and desktop infrastructures. It is based on the Xen hypervisor, which powers the Amazon EC2 public Cloud. Citrix® XenServer®6.2 provides unparalleled flexibility and scalability compared to other virtualization platforms.

This book is a one-stop guide to help you deploy impeccable and effective virtualization solutions with XenServer®, architect robust virtualization designs, and ensure fast, efficient, and highly available virtual infrastructures.

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