XenServer: Quickly install/update XenCenter

I finally upgraded my home lab to XenServer 5.6 SP2.  At the time I failed to grab an updated version of XenCenter.  If you ever need to install XenCenter and do not want to wait for an internet download, you can type the address of your XenServer into your web browser and download it.


Article: XenServer Resource Links


This blog provides quick introduction to the resources available for XenServer and Citrix Essentials.

XenServer Page – http://citrix.com/xenserver

Download XenServer 5.6 FP1 GA – http://www.citrix.com/lang/English/lp/lp_1688616.asp

MyCitrix (Licensing, Support and Partner Sales Kits) – www.citrix.com/mycitrix

Download XenServer (Partners can access NFR license via MyCitrix) – http://www.citrix.com/English/ps2/products/feature.asp?contentID=2300356 and http://www.citrix.com/English/ps2/demo.asp?ntref=util

Download Essentials for Hyper-V http://www.citrix.com/English/ps2/products/feature.asp?contentID=1854353

Citrix XenServer Feature Matrix – http://www.citrix.com/english/ps2/products/subfeature.asp?contentid=1680964

Citrix eDocs online Production Documentation – http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/index.jsp

Free E-Learning Course – Introduction to Citrix Essentials for XenServer 5.5 – http://citrixtraining.com/courses/course_view.cfm/course_id:274

Citrix XenServer Literature – http://www.citrix.com/English/ps2/products/documents.asp?contentid=683148

Citrix Ready – http://www.citrix.com/ready

Citrix Community – http://community.citrix.com/

Citrix XenServer Central – http://community.citrix.com/citrixready/xenserver

XenServer 5.6 FP1 Administrator Guide – http://docs.vmd.citrix.com/XenServer/5.6.0fp1/1.0/en_gb/reference.html#id2564366

Citrix Knowledge Center – http://support.citrix.com/ and http://support.citrix.com/product/xens/

Citrix XenServer Featured Articles – http://support.citrix.com/product/xens/v5.6/

Citrix Licensing Basics – http://www.citrix.com/lang/English/lp/lp_2305120.asp

Citrix Forum – http://forums.citrix.com/support

Citrix XenServer Master Classes (Free) – [www.citrix.com/xsmasterclass]

Citrix XenServer 5.6 FP1 Master Class (ANZ) – https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/644832776

XenServer Project “Cowley” – http://www.citrix.com/English/NE/events/event.asp?eventID=1855037

Citrix TV – http://www.citrix.com/tv/

OpenSource iSCSI Targets for XenServer – http://www.nexenta.com/corp/products & http://www.osnexus.com/

Citrix XenServer Security Target – http://www.commoncriteriaportal.org/files/epfiles/crp255st.pdf

eCo System Partners – https://www.citrix.com/English/partners/partnertop.asp

• Fault Tolerance – http://www.marathontechnologies.com/high_availability_xenserver.html

• Backup – (PHD virtual, Quorumsoft , SEP, Commvault. Symantec) – http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX122191

• Security – http://www2.catbird.com/

• Multitenant – http://www.desktone.com/ & http://cloud.com/ & http://www.openstack.org/

• Virus Scanning – http://www.mcafee.com/us/campaigns/virtualized/

Citrix Product Lifecycle Phases



XenServer Tech Specs – http://www.citrix.com/English/ps2/products/subfeature.asp?contentID=1681139

Citrix XenServer Best Practices





Citrix HCL – http://hcl.vmd.citrix.com/

Citrix HCL Community Verified – http://community.citrix.com/citrixready

Citrix HCL Self Certification Kits – http://www.citrix.com/ready/hcl

Citrix YouTube Channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/CitrixTV

Citrix Ask the Architect – http://community.citrix.com/p/ata#architects & AsktheArchitect@citrix.com

XenServer ROI Calculates – https://roianalyst.alinean.com/citrix/xenserver/

Citrix Synergy 2010 – http://www.citrixsynergy.com/

Citrix Security Bulletins – http://support.citrix.com/securitybulletins/

Citrix IRC Channel – http://join.citrixirc.com/

Twitter – @Citrix, @xenserverarmy, @Citrix_Synergy, #citrixsynergy, #xenserver

Citrix on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/citrix

Helpful Resources for XenServer – http://www.citrix.com/lang/English/lp/lp_1688622.asp#top

Fault Tolerance using Marathon – http://www.marathontechnologies.com/high_availability_xenserver.html& http://community.citrix.com/blogs/

Open vSwitch – http://openvswitch.org/ & http://www.openflowswitch.org/

Citrix Product Sales Kit – http://community.citrix.com/kits/brand/sk-products

Latest News Articles

The Co-operative Group – http://www.citrix.com/English/aboutCitrix/caseStudies/caseStudy.asp?storyID=2304613

Server Right Sizing –http://community.citrix.com/display/ocb/2010/04/02/The+importance+of+knowing+your+environment

ACMA builds Xen-based private cloud – http://www.cio.com.au/article/367528/acma_builds_xen-based_private_cloud/

XenDesktop on Hyper-V SP1 with Citrix Essentials (40% More user Density) –http://community.citrix.com/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=157322595

Social Media

Twitter: @XenServerArmy

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CitrixXenServer

LinkedIn: Citrix XenServer Events

What’s Driving the Surge in XenServer Market Share – http://community.citrix.com/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=155618890

First OpenStack Release – http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20101021006633/en/OpenStack-Release-Produces-Open-Source-Cloud-Alternative

OpenStack – http://community.citrix.com/display/ocb/2010/10/21/If+you’ve+seen+one+redwood,+you’ve+seen+them+all

Consolidating XenServer Pools Using PHD Virtual Backup: Part 1


My team is nearing the end of a migration from physical XenApp servers to virtual XenApp servers running on XenServer. During the testing phase of the new XenApp farm, we found that CPU utilization was excessive and we eventually determined that we had different CPU architectures in some of the servers (with the same model number) so we had to split our XenServer Pool. I mentioned this issue in a previous Tweet:


We have since replaced the CPU’s in the newer servers and now we wish to consolidate our pools into one group. Currently the two pools are split along functionality, with one being for production and the other being for development. We are using PHD Virtual Backup to archive PVS master images, Citrix Streaming profilers, and some other systems only in the development pool.

This blog series will detail the steps I went through in order to consolidate all our VM’s and Servers into one pool.

Install PHD Virtual Backup

The first step is to install PHD into the production XenServer pool so we can perform restores into this pool.

  1. Download the PHD Virtual Backup for Citrix trial from http://www.phdvirtual.com/downloadtrial_citrix
  2. Extract the compressed file and launch the phdvb.msi on a computer with XenCenter installed.
  3. Accept the license agreement and click Finish when the Installation wizard completes.
  4. Restart XenCenter
  5. Import the PHD virtual appliance (PHDVBA.xva)
  6. If the appliance does not get an IP, you must go to the console and set a static or dynamic IP by typing Ctrl-N.
  7. Right-click the appliance and select the Console


Click Configuration and setup the backup agent…


In my next post we will test a backup from one pool to a restore in the other pool.