Citrix XenCenter Install and Configuration

The screen captures in this post outline the installation and basic configuration of Citrix XenCenter on Windows Vista. XenCenter is the GUI management utility for XenServer. XenCenter can be downloaded from Citrix’s website.

Launch the installation file you downloaded from Citrix’s website.

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Click Next and select whether you need XenServer 4.0 Support. We did not need XenServer 4.0 support for this installation.

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Click Next and accept the default installation folder.

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Click Install to begin the installation.

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It is as simple as that! Click Finish to complete the installation.

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Double-click the Desktop icon to start XenCenter.

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Tell XenCenter whether you’d like it to check for updates (We clicked Yes).

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The XenCenter GUI will now display.

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Click the ‘Add your XenServer’ icon to add your server to the list.

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On the Add New Server window add the hostname, username and password.

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Click Connect to connect and synchronize with your server.

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Now you must activate your XenServer. Click the checkbox next to the server and click Activate.

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Activating the XenServer will send you to the activation website where you must fill out the form in order to receive a new license.

You will receive a license file (license.xslic). From the XenCenter console, go to Server | Install License Key and navigate to the license.xslic file. Once the license is applied, it is displayed in the General tab of the server.

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