Getting Started

The following documents assist administrators involved in the deployment, operation, and maintenance of a virtual environment powered by the current release of XenServer (v7.6 CR).

Quick Start Guide

The XenServer Quick Start Guide walks through the installation and configuration essentials to get XenServer and its graphical Windows-based user interface, XenCenter, up and running.

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Configuration Limits

The XenServer platform is tested to perform in a number of virtualization scenarios.  The configuration limits used for those tests are listed in the Configuration Limits document.  While it may be possible to exceed the stated limits and have a functional XenServer installation, those seeking support for their installation from Citrix should be aware that operation outside of the configuration limits may make it difficult to deliver support for such an environment.

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Release Notes

The release notes contain detailed information on new features, known issues, compatibility, and installation.  Note that some features listed may require a commerical license.

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The following documents are designed to provide detailed guidance on the installation and administration of a XenServer environment.

Installation Guide

This installation guide provides guidance for multiple deployment scenarios.  When planning a new XenServer installation, this guide should be used as a reference.

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Administrator's Guide

The administration guide provides a reference for the operation and management of a XenServer environment. This includes aspects of storage and network management, plus detailed descriptions for the XenServer command line interface (CLI).

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Virtual Machine User's Guide

The virtual machine user's guide provides configuration information for the operating systems officially supported by Citrix.  Operating systems not listed within this guide may be known to work, but official product support on their use within XenServer is not available.

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Supplemental Information

Supplemental information pertaining to the latest release of XenServer (7.5), including Thin Provisioning for Shared Block Storage Devices, Measured Boot Supplemental Pack guide, and Workload Balancing guides, can be found on the main documents page.

Management API Guide

This document describes the XenServer Management API - an API for remotely configuring and controlling virtual machines running on a XenServer pool.

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Driver Development Kit Guide

This document covers the procedures for creating custom driver disks for XenServer.  Please note that drivers created for XenServer will be version, and potentially hotfix version dependent.  If you are creating driver disks, please pay close attention to the procedures outlined in this document.

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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.