Virtualization With XenServer 5.5.0 - Page 3

3 Installing XenCenter Administrator Console

To create, run, and manage virtual machines, we can use the XenCenter administrator console which is a desktop application for Windows systems (please note that the .NET 2.0 framework must be installed on the Windows system) that connects to the XenServer host. The XenCenter installation file is in the folder client_install of the first XenServer CD (the one that contains FREE_XenServer-5.5.0-install-cd.iso). Insert that CD into a Windows system, navigate to that folder in Windows Explorer, and start the installation wizard:

The installation wizard will guide you through the installation:

When you start XenCenter for the first time, you will be asked if you want XenCenter to periodically check for updates. I select Yes here, but of course, that's up to you:

This is how the XenCenter looks. To connect to the XenServer host, click on Add New XenServer...

... and enter the hostname/IP address, the user name (root) and the root password:

If you want you can tell XenCenter to restore the connection to the XenServer host at each startup:

After the connection has been established, you can manage virtual machines on the Xen Server host.

You should see the following window after the connection to the XenServer host has been established. Select your XenServer and click on Activate to receive a free license for your XenServer:

A browser will open a load a form. Fill out that form, and you will receive your free XenServer license per email:

On the XenServer, you can enter the license under XenServer Details and Licensing.

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From: Jay at: 2009-08-12 17:43:26

One of the best HOW TO defined for the xen setup. thanks for sharing.


From: Roger at: 2013-06-19 14:25:18

If you need some quick and more up-to-date info about configuring XenServer 6.1 via CLI, here is a good but short summary.

From: at: 2010-08-19 07:58:59

Hi All

 Can someone show me how to virtualize the HP Proliant DL180 G5.

 I just installed the citrix xenserver but i can't install centos 5.3.Can someone please assist as this is really urgent to me.



From: Anonymous at: 2009-06-27 17:10:46

Good article. It should be noted however that XenServer tools supports a very limited set of distributions and there is not much help getting it to work on other systems. Which is unfortunate because, even with the free feature set, I would dump vmware in a minute since it doesn't include a centralized client for free and doesn't support migration for free (like XenServer does)


From: Anonymous at: 2009-06-29 13:33:49

Nice writeup.  What I don't understand is why Citrix makes you go find a Windows box so that you can  manage your Linux Xenserver.  There are already some fine tools that run natively under the various Linux distros.  No need to involve The Beast.

From: nico at: 2009-07-02 19:42:10

i have one server with 4 stata disk, i want to install xenserver5.5 but with this tuturial i realise that maybe its not the better idea, since it will install on my first sata disk , it have not (in the installer at least) a way to config the linux raid for my local storage (4 sata disk of 500gb) and then install over there. Iam rigth? or thereis other way to doit?




From: ronald at: 2009-07-18 15:41:14

Good article. I thinks it is also useful to add an DVD/ISO install of (for example) CentOS 5.3. I do not get this working on my server. I get this install working quickly with VMware and VirtualBox work.

From: Anonymous at: 2009-07-30 03:21:07

Hello I followed this guide, it worked well except that iptables no longer works after intsalling xen tools

 mta:~# iptables -L
FATAL: Module ip_tables not found.
iptables v1.4.2: can't initialize iptables table `filter': iptables who? (do you need to insmod?) Perhaps iptables or your kernel needs to be upgraded.


 Any ideas? or will I just have to run it with out xentools installed?

From: Anonymous at: 2009-08-27 19:21:38

I'm having same problem.

"The issue of the missing modules in Lenny is known to Citrix, but it was decided to make it a post-5.5 enhancement. Refer to this thread:"

From: Anonymous at: 2009-08-18 01:46:23

Thanks for this excellent article. It will help me easily setup XEN.

I was stuck last night trying to install virtual machines. Followed some command line instructions but couldn't make it work. Thanks for the excellent graphical guide. Sure gonna have xen up and running soon.

From: Anonymous at: 2009-11-08 18:23:13

well, it doesn't work that way. After you click install XenServer tools nothing happens. I am sure you have to do something manual.

From: Anonymous at: 2009-09-24 18:24:17

Are there any Xen-specific sources I should have in sources.list to update my kernel and related things? I see new kernel versions coming from Debian, but they are a few revs behind my current Xen-provided kernel:


apt-get upgrade finds this:


 Where will the xs kernels be upgraded and how do I get them when available?

From: Anonymous2 at: 2009-10-01 19:55:48


 Check out this forum entry:

One can rebuild the modules they need inside the guest VM.  I ran into this same issue, and am planning on doing just that.


From: Jesse at: 2009-09-01 21:06:17

Hi Guys, Maybe i missed something but i can't configure a hardware Raid or a software Raid ! is this product like ESXi works with some hardware that is tooooo expensive ? I am new to XEN-Citrix product please give me a tip on this matter ! Best regards, Jesse

From: at: 2011-12-16 11:28:09

Really nice effort, it helps me a lot as I was searching for stable version of Xen and you know this is first time I am going to try this thing.


Best Regards