Monday, 22 August 2011

XenServer 5.6 SP2 Install

Boot the computer from the installation CD and follow the initial boot messages and the Welcome to XenServer screen, select your keyboard layout for the installation.

Tip: Throughout the installation, quickly advance to the next screen by pressing F12. Use Tab to move between elements, and Space or Enter to select. For general help, press F1.

The Welcome to XenServer Setup screen is displayed.

XenServer ships with a broad driver set that supports most modern server hardware configurations.
However, if you have been provided with any supplemental packs containing additional essential drivers, press F9. The installer will then step you through installing the necessary drivers.
Once you have installed all of the required drivers, select Ok to proceed.

The XenServer End User License Agreement (EULA) is displayed. Use the Page Up and Page Down keys to scroll through and read the agreement. Choose Accept EUlA to proceed.

Select an installation action, as appropriate. You may see any of the following options:

• Perform clean installation
• Upgrade: if the installer detects a previously-installed version of XenServer, it offers the option to upgrade. For details on upgrading your XenServer host, see Upgrading XenServer.
• Restore: if the installer detects a previously-created backup installation, it offers the option to restore XenServer from the backup. For details, see the XenServer Administrator's Guide.

Make your selection, and choose Ok to proceed.

If you have multiple local hard disks, choose a Primary Disk for the installation. Select Ok.
Choose which disk(s) you would like to use for virtual machine storage. Information about a specific disk can be viewed by pressing F5.

If you want to use Thin Provisioning to optimize the utilization of available storage, select Enable thin provisioning. XenDesktop users are strongly recommended to select this option in order for local caching to work properly. For details, see XenServer and IntelliCache.
Choose Ok.

Select your installation media source

Indicate if you want to verify the integrity of the installation media. If you select Verify installation source, the MD5 checksum of the packages is calculated and checked against the known value. Verification may take some time. Make your selection and choose Ok to proceed.

Skip verification

Set and confirm a root password, which XenCenter will use to connect to the XenServer host. You will also use this password (with username "root") to log into xsconsole, the system configuration console.

Set up the primary management interface that will be used to connect to XenCenter.

Set up the primary management interface that will be used to connect to XenCenter.

Configure the Management NIC IP address by choosing Automatic configuration (DHCP) to configure the NIC using DHCP, or Static configuration to manually configure the NIC.

Select your time zone — the geographical area and then city. You can type the first letter of the desired locale to jump to the first entry that begins with this letter. Choose Ok to proceed.

If using NTP, either select NTP is configured by my DHCP server to have DHCP set the time server or enter at least one NTP server name or IP address in the fields below. Choose Ok.
Note: XenServer assumes that the time setting in the BIOS of the server is the current time in UTC.

Select Install XenServer.

From the Installation Complete screen, eject the installation CD (if installing from CD) and select Ok to reboot the server.