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Stephen Turner is a Senior Manager at Citrix. He manages the UI & SDK team and the Peformance team for XenServer, as well as the CloudPlatform UI team.

New ticket statuses on

I just wanted to mention that we've created a couple of new ticket statuses on, which should make it clearer where a ticket has got to in its lifecycle.

Acknowledged Issue will be used when we've done initial triage on the issue, determined that it is a genuine problem, and made a ticket in our internal issue tracker for it. Previously we've varied between leaving these Open, and closing them as Done, but neither choice was very satisfactory, so we decided that a new status was needed. Even when an issue is acknowledged, there is no guarantee when it will be fixed; however, when it has been fixed in the latest nightly builds, we will come back and move the ticket to Done.

Wishlist is for feature requests and the like, as opposed to bugs. They will generally be assigned to our Product Management team. Again, they have a different lifecycle because, while we welcome the feedback on what features are important to you, they may be implemented only much later, if at all, depending on all the priorities which the Product Managers are receiving from different sources.

Several tickets have been converted to these two new statuses already, and hopefully it will give you a clearer idea what we're doing with them than just leaving them all as Open.

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PowerShell SDK examples

Santiago Cardenas from the Citrix Solutions Lab has written a blog post that caught my eye. It's entitled Scripting: Automating VM operations on XenServer using PowerShell, and in it he describes how the Solutions Lab has been using the XenServer PowerShell SDK to automate XenServer deployments at scale. The thing I found most interesting was that he's included several example scripts for common operations, which could be very useful to other people.

If anyone else has example scripts in any of our five SDK languages (C, C#, Java, Python and PowerShell), and would like to share them with the community, please put a note in the comments below. We would love to link to more examples, and maybe even include them in the distribution.

PS If you're interested in the PowerShell SDK, also check out the blog post that Konstantina Chremmou wrote here in May describing improvements in the SDK since the 6.2 release.

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About XenServer

XenServer is the leading open source virtualization platform, powered by the Xen Project hypervisor and the XAPI toolstack. It is used in the world's largest clouds and enterprises.
Technical support for XenServer is available from Citrix.