How to install XenServer 6.2

This guide is for how to install XenServer 6.2 :

XenServer 6.2 has been installed on Physical hosts.

Pre-requisites

1. Need to open Firewall Ports.

TCP/UDP 53, 137 – for DNS (2) TCP/UDP 123- for NTP Time Service (3) TCP/UDP 139, 445 – for ISO Management, File share

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2. You have to choose which method you want to select like Local Media or PXE Boot from TFTP Server. I have choose local               media for the XenServer installation.

3.  After that you have to decide which storage like local drive or SAN storage. For Best practice it is recommended to have SAN    storage only ,which will be used for the XenServer Installation location and the Virtual Machine Storage.

4. You have to choose the host which have multiple Network Interface Cards so that these can be used for the purposes like  System Management, Virtual Machine Management, XenMotion.

5. A static IP address and Server name.

6. A NTP server is required for the installation of XenServer.

 

 Installation Steps :

1. Connect host iLO on http://10.10.10.5.

2. Enter Username and Password for iLO Access

3. Select Remote Console and Launch the Integrated Remote Console

4. Press F9 Key to access the BIOS at boot up time.

5. Go to 2nd option HP Power Profile and then Enter and select Balanced Power and Performance (for Better performance).

6. Then Go to HP Power Regulator > select HP Dynamic Power Savings Mode and then Enter to proceed further.

7. Then Go to Energy/Performance Bias and select Balanced Performance. Press Enter to proceed.

8. Apply the settings and Restart the Server.

9. After that you have to click on Virtual Drive to Add the ISO or CD ROM.

10. Locate the ISO file for XenServer.

11. Initiate a restart for the host server.

12. In the first XenServer screen do not press ‘Enter’,Press F2 as quickly as possible

13. Here you have enabled multipath for the Server

 14. Type multipath for this server so that this server will acknowledged about multipath enabled for Root disk cause this server will  boot from SAN.

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16. In the Welcome screen for this XenServer Setup and select ‘OK’.

17. It will ask you for the citrix license agreement, choose ‘Accept EULA’ to proceed further.

18. Select the Boot LUN that will contain the XenServer Host Installed on. Click Ok.

 

19. Select the disk which would use for storing the Virtual Machine. This storage will used for storing virtual machine files. In my case i am not selecting any LUN as of now.

20. You can select “Enable for Thin Provisioning” here or if the LUN is already thin provisioned for the Storage then you can leave  it blank as above.

21. Select ‘Continue’ to confirm no LUN’s have been selected for Virtual Machine storage.

22. Select the Installation Source as ‘Local Media’ and choose ‘OK.

23. Select ‘Yes’ to installing ‘Supplemental Packs’

24. Select ‘Skip verification’ on the Verify Installation Source screen and click Ok.

25. Put the password and confirm it. Select ‘OK’

26. Choose the primary Network Management Interface that will be used to connect to XenCenter, and choose ‘OK’ to proceed.

27. Configure the Management NIC with a static IP address in this range (10.10.10.x) and click on Ok.

a) IP

b) Subnet Mask

c) Default Gateway

28. Specify the new hostname and associated DNS information in the DNS configuration section. Select ‘OK’ to proceed.

29. Select the Time Zone, as per your geographical area where you Host is located and then by city. Choose ‘OK’ to proceed.

30. Enter the name of the local NTP server and choose ‘OK’

31. Select ‘Install XenServer’

32. The installation starts and it will come up with a progress bar.

33. Set the date and time accordingly and click Ok.

34. Once the installation completes, eject the installation CD before reboot it else it will start XenServer installation again from beginning and then select ‘OK’ to reboot the server.

After the server reboots, XenServer display the ‘xsconsole’ which is a system configuration console. To access a local shell from the xsconsole, press ALT+F3, and to return it back to the xsconsole, press ALT+F1.