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Citrix XenCenter Install and Configuration

May 26, 2009

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.


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


Click Next and accept the default installation folder.


Click Install to begin the installation.



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


Double-click the Desktop icon to start XenCenter.

image The splash screen will appear.


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


The XenCenter GUI will now display.


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


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


Click Connect to connect and synchronize with your server.


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


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.


Citrix XenServer 5.0.0 Free Version: A Basic Install

May 26, 2009

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!


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.


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:


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.


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


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


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


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


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. 🙂


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

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Time Zone

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Confirm and start the installation!

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Installation Complete!


Citrix XenServer Splash Screen: image

Citrix XenServer Console:


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. 🙂

New Citrix Receiver for iPhone

May 5, 2009

The new Citrix Receiver for iPhone is now available via Apple’s App Store. Version 1.0 features Citrix Access Gateway compatiblity and some changes to the settings as shown below. One caveat: There is no upgrade path from version 0.9 to 1.0. It is a separate download from the App Store. However, it isn’t really a big deal. Just down load the new one, delete the old one and login!

New Account Settings 1.0New Citrix Setting Screen











If you opt to turn off the Sign In Automatically setting, the Account Settings (Login) screen will appear each time you open the Citrix Receiver for iPhone app.

Thanks to Brian Madden for his tweet that alerted me of the new download!

Part 2: Citrix Receiver for iPhone

May 5, 2009

Here’s some screen captures of the administration piece for the Citrix Receiver for iPhone.

iPhone SettingsCitrix Settings











Account Settings:

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Keyboard Settings (4 Screen Captures):

Keyboard Settings 1Keyboard Settings 2











Keyboard Settings 3Keyboard Settings 4











What would an app be without an About screen?


Citrix Receiver for iPhone

April 29, 2009

I downloaded and installed the Citrix Reciver for iPhone (aka Project Braeburn) the day after it was released and just now found the time to blog about it. I put together the following to give you an idea of what the Receiver looks like on the iPhone. It is pretty simple to download from Apple’s App Store and simple to configure. You will need to create a XenApp Services site in the Access Management Console.


After the short download and installation, the Citrix icon will appear on your iPhone.


When you start the application you will be prompted to enter your server address, username, password and domain name. There’s also an option for whether you want the app to remember your password. Once this is set the app will connect to your XenApp Services site and provide your XenApp client application folder structure.












For this test, we’ll select Adobe Reader.














Pretty simple, huh? 

The following pciture shows how to use iPhone gestures with the Citrix Receiver for iPhone.


It is definately worth downloading and using. For more information, checkout the Citrix Comminity Blog.

Creating and Importing an Outlook 2007 Profile on Citrix

November 7, 2008
If you need to autocreate an Outlook 2007 profile for use on Citrix, you can use the Office Customization Tool (OCT). Complete the following after Outlook 2007 is installed on the Citrix server: 

1. Run the Office setup.exe with the /admin switch.
2. From the Outlook profile option in the OCT, create a New Profile and save as a .prf file (i.e.
3. Specify the Exchange Server settings (e.g. server name, cache mode on/off).
4. Copy the .prf file to a share where all Outlook users have permissions.
5. Publish Outlook with the following syntax to import the .prf file (all on the Command line field of the published application):

“c:\program files\microsoft office\Office12\OUTLOOK.EXE” /importprf 
“c:\program files\microsoft office\Office12\default.prf”

When Outlook is launched first time users will not be prompted to create a profile rather the profile will be created automatically!

Installing JRE 1.6.0_05 or later on Windows Server 2008 x64

November 7, 2008

One of the prerequisites for installing Citrix XenApp 5.0 on Windows Server 2008 x64 is to install the JRE 1.6.0 Update 5 or later. I downloaded and installed the x64 version of the JRE 1.6.0 Update 7 from as directed by the Citrix XenApp 5.0 pop-up message. However, the Citrix XennApp 5.0 installer insisted the correct JRE was not installed. I uninstalled the x64 version of the JRE and installed the 32-bit version. This resolved the issue and Citrix XenApp installed properly.