Part 2: Working With XenServer 6.2 – Installing XenCenter
XenCenter is somewhat the equivalent of vCenter in vSphere. I say somewhat because the idea behind XenCenter is the same as vCenter where it is used for managing Xen hosts, but different in architecture. One interesting piece of information worthy of noting, is that unlike vCenter where we connect the 32 bit client to the vCenter server, with Xen, we connect the XenCenter client directly to the XenServer host. You might ask yourself what happens to XenCenter if the hosts that you’re currently connected, fails. Well, in this case, we can easily reconnect to another host. With XenServers, each host, hosts the same information about it’s partners and surrounding environment so when we connect with XenCenter to another server, all the information is still there and we can continue to work.
The installation is pretty simple and there’s really no specific configuration that needs to be done. We can obtain the XenCenter client from a couple places.
- Navigate to the IP address of the XenServer itself in a form of https://IP_ADDRESS
- Navigate over to the ISO of the XenServer, mount it and launch the installer found within the client install folder
In my lab, I deployed the XenCener on my Window 8 workstation. You don’t have to deploy it on a server, since XenCenter client is used to manage the hosts directly there is no need for a dedicated management instance like we would have with vCenter.
Let’s begin by launching the XenCenter.msi installer within the Client Install folder and following the instructions
On the top, we’ll need to click Add New Server and begin adding the XenServer hosts we installed previously. Remember to use root as the username and the password we defined during the XenServer installation