Part 1: Working With XenServer 6.2 – Installing XenServer
It’s important to note that with XenServer 6.2, there’s no longer free, advanced, enterprise, or platinum editions of XenServer, instead XenServer 6.2 is open source and thus the requirement for a license server is no longer present.
- RAM – 2GB minimum but you’d want to have at least 8GB
- Disk – 16GB minimum
- NIC – 100Mbps minimum but 1GB-10GB recommended
- OS – Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP, Server 2012, Server 2008 R2, Server 2008, Server 2003
- .Net Framework – 3,5
- CPU – 750Mhz minimum, 1Ghz recommended
- Disk – 100MB minimum
- Network – 100Mb or faster
- Resolution – 1024 x 768
Installation guide for XenServer 6.2 can be found here.
We’ll need to download the ISO from the Citrix website here and launch the installation. The installation itself is very easy and does not need much explaining. For those that installed ESXi before, it will be really easy for you as the steps are almost all the same.
In regards to the IP address, we can leave the default option for DHCP or define the static IP address right away. Either way, we can do this step later on so it doesn’t really make much of a difference to go with either option
If you’re like me and looking to run nested XenServers, you can follow a post I made a while back on how to configure your ESXi hosts to support nested hypervisors. This post also applies to Hyper-V and ESXi.