I started a topic of virtualization with the first part of the virtual laboratory , which has yet to update and finish with the second part.
This time we will install and configure Citrix XenServer 5.5.5 Update 2 on a machine; Workstation, for testing, specifically a Dell Optiplex 755. To manage and install XenServer 5.5 and XenCenter will use for our first convert with XenConvert VM VMware machine on XenServer. Also install the license for free use of XenServer. As you see, all rounder.
DELL Optiplex 755 Preparing for virtualization.
It is quite possible that once installed everything and when you want to boot a virtual machine (VM) we display a notice requiring HVM feature (Hardware Assisted Virtualization) for full virtualization, and in this way to virtualize Windows machines, as well for better performance, etc.. XenServer is based on the Xen hypervisor open source. XenServer platform leverages Intel VT and AMD platforms Virtualization (AMD-V) for hardware-assisted virtualization. This is why we like Xen, XenServer physical server needs to support VT extensions (virtualization).
For HVM feature is necessary, as I said, have virtualization support (VT) in the processor. The way to activate it through the BIOS. In a DELL Optiplex 755 activated on:
- Execute Disable ON Securtiy
- ON Virtualization Performance
- Performance VT for Direct I / O Access in ON
- ON Virtualization Performance
- OFF Trusted Execution Performance
We turned off the machine and turn to start to take new ls the BIOS set values.
Auto_install Citrix XenServer 5.5.0 Update 2.
Unloaded Citrix XenServer . Furthermore, the same page also downloaded XenCenter.
This is a. Iso you go onto a CD. We started the machine where XenServer install from the CD.
Installation is easy and intutitiva. On the first screen we press ENTER and follow up the keyboard language selection will be:
In the screen that asks us to select from three options, choose Install or upgrade XenServer host. (First)
We OK, etc, accept the EULA and which asks Select Installation Source (where we can install) chose:
We, and where it says Would you like to install the Linux Pack from a second CD?, We choose
Verify Installation source screen, Would you like to test your media?, Choose:
Set Password. We introduce the root password and then be able to operate on the server and from XenCenter.
NetWorking screen. Here indicate the network configuration. We can choose between DHCP or a static IP. In my case, I chose the static so I introduced:
- the XenServer host IP
- l Network mask and
- Gateway or Gateway.
Hostname and DNS Configuration screen. Here we will indicate on host hostname or SenServer server and DNS servers. In my case I used:
- Manually specify
- DNS Server 1: 192.168.1.xxx
Select Time Zone screen. We select here our geographical location.
Display Time Zone. Location closer to our area.
Display system Time. Time Settings. We can choose between manual or configuration option via an NTP time server. In this case:
Confirm Installation screen ……: proceed to
We proceed to the installation screen Screen aparce Set Local Time. Configure Date & Time and OK.
Installation Complete screen. Just installed XenServer. Withdraw the installation source (CD-ROM) and reboot.
After rebooting we see a configuration screen and information:
In this screen you can obterner information and change settings already established during installation. For example the network parameters. We can perform backups or restores, boot machines or server restart sShutdown, performance analysis of virtual machines (VMs), etc. In short: we can perform the most basic to the server and virtual machines, quite simply and sencill.
Installing Citrix XenCenter. Connecting to XenServer.
We will install now the graphical interface that will allow us, from any machine, connect to our Citrix XenCenter to create and manage virtual machines and the server itself.
I downloaded from downloads of Citrix XenServer XenCenter installer. We executed.
In the screenshot below, we leave it as is. No need, in our case, support for version 4.0:
We continue with the installation and indicate when we ask intalación QE is for any one specific user. It installs and Finish.
XenServer and execute:
We are located in XenCenter (framed in red) and right click Add .. window appears where you specify:
- Server host name or IP
- root account
- password or password indicated in the installation deXenServer
Once connected, the server information, drivers CD or DVD drives, VMS local storage (local storage), removable storage.
Located on our server, we have a series of tabs
- VMs search
- overview of server properties
- network interface
- server console
- Performance parámentros
If you just search through the menu options, tabs, etc, you will see that we can make lot of efforts with the server, machines and virtual disks, etc.
Other chapters will study all options. Now going to the facility, which has already been made and now we will convert a machine to XenServer using XenCoverter VVMware.
Installation XenCoverter. Convert VMware to XenServer VM.
XenConverer unloaded from here XenConverter Citrix 2.1 . We installed. Execute
Just ask us if we want to perform the conversion of the local machine, our machine or deploying the blind ….. options: choose VMware Virtual Hard Disk (VMDK). The conversion distint (To) XenServer. We give next.
- We wondered about the location of the machine to turn … show you where and machine. Suguiente
- Someone asked Ahor data XenServer server connection. This is to overturn the machine converted Engineering Controls location server. We also specify a location of work, in this case local:
We at Next and indicate a name for the machine (VM Name) and the next screen will give to Convert:
After the process, we give Finish and run XenCenter.
Just open XenCenter, we have our machine ….:
located on the XP Virtual Machine … we give and Right Start. We position ourselves in the Console tab to enter username and password nuetra converted XP Sp3 machine.
If we look at the item on the server, we see that we still have to install the XenServer Tools. We click and install:
We have our virtual machine … and some performance data, etc.:
Create New Virtual Machine.
To create a new virtual machine from a CD or DVD installation proceed as follows:
- From the server in XenCenter item right and New VM server
- We chose the template that best suits our new machine. Next.
- Name and description of our machine. Next.
- We indicate the location of the physical driver DVd or CD-ROM installation source. Next, and following up to Start VM automatically. Finish.
It appears nis our machine., Launch and proceed to install from the Console tab: