Citrix XenServer 5.0.0 Free Version: A Basic Install

Well, I’m a little late to the game but I guess better late than never. This post covers the basic installation of Citrix’s XenServer 5.0.0 Free Version. I apologize for the less than stellar screen captures. I had an old CRT connected to the server I used for the install. L I promise the next post covering the XenCenter Installation and Configuration will be MUCH nicer!

Prerequistes

If you don’t like reading the documentation before installing a product, the best piece of advice I can give is to ensure your server is capable of virtualization technology and it is enabled in the BIOS. I used an HP\Compaq Proliant DL365 with and AMD processor for this installation and as you can see in the picture below the virtualization option is buried under the Processor options.

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If your server is not compatible with virtualization technology or the option is disabled, you will get the following message when attempting to install XenServer:

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Once virtualization is enabled pop in the XenServer CD-ROM and let’s get started! The CD will boot to the Citrix XenServer installation splash screen and automatically boot to the installation program.

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At this time you will have the option to install\upgrade XenServer Host, load a driver or convert the existing OS to a VM.

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For this post we are installing XenServer from scratch so we’ll select the first option and then select the correct keymap.

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WARNING!!! If you continue the install from this point, all data will be lost.

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What would an installation be without an End User Licensing Agreement (EULA)?

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Next, we’ll select the installation source and whether or not we are going to install the Linux Pack.

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Now, we will verify the installation source.

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Let’s set a root password we can remember. 🙂

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We must now configure the NIC, Hostname, DNS and Time settings.

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Time Zone

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NTP

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Confirm and start the installation!

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Installation Complete!

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Citrix XenServer Splash Screen: image

Citrix XenServer Console:

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Checkout the Citrix website to learn more about Citrix XenServer. Come back soon for the next post covering the XenCenter installation and configuration plus better screen captures. 🙂

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