How to Install XenServer 7.x

1. Place the bootable media into the system that XenServer should be installed. If the bootable media creation step was successful, the system should display the XenServer splash screen.

2. From this screen, simply hit enter to boot into the installer. The first screen, once the installer has started successfully, will ask the user to select their language.

Select XenServer-7 Installation Language

Select XenServer-7 Installation Language

3. The next screen will ask the user to confirm that an upgrade or install should be done as well as ask for any other special drivers that may need to be loaded in order to install XenServer.

XenServer 7 Install or Upgrade Setup

XenServer 7 Install or Upgrade Setup

4. The next screen is the obligatory EULA (End User License Agreement). Use the keyboard arrows to move the cursor to the ‘Accept EULA‘ button.

XenServer 7 Accept License

XenServer 7 Accept License

5. This is where the installation can take one of two paths if the installer detects a prior install. The next screen will prompt the user for a clean install or an upgrade to an existing XenServer install. The first set of instructions here will walk through a clean install. If an upgrade is needed skip ahead to step 15.

XenServer 7 Install or Upgrade Selection

XenServer 7 Install or Upgrade Selection

6. The next screen will prompt for the installation device. In this case it will be ‘sda’.

Select XenServer 7 Installation Drive

Select XenServer 7 Installation Drive

7. Once the installation path has been chosen, XenServer will need to know where the installation files reside. In this case, the installer was booted from local media and that is the option that should be chosen.

Select XenServer 7 Installation Source

Select XenServer 7 Installation Source

8. The next step will allow the user to install supplemental packs at the same time as this installer. At the time of this writing, there aren’t any supplemental packs for XenServer 7 so ‘no’ can be selected here.

Select XenServer 7 Supplemental Packs

Select XenServer 7 Supplemental Packs

9. The next screen will allow the user to confirm the integrity of the source files before installing. Running this test is not required but can help detect installation issues before trying to write files.

Verify XenServer 7 Installation Source

Verify XenServer 7 Installation Source

10. Once the verification is completed, if selected during install, the XenServer installer will ask the user to setup some system information.

The first prompt will be to set the root user’s password. Now, since XenServer will be the underlying system to potentially several important virtualized servers, it is imperative that the password be secured as well as sufficiently complex!

Important: Do not forget this password either as there will not be any other users on the system once the installer finishes!

Set XenServer 7 Root Password

Set XenServer 7 Root Password

11. The next couple of steps will ask how the management network interface should be configured (Static address or DHCP) as well as hostname and DNS information. This will be dependent on the environment.

Select XenServer 7 Networking

Select XenServer 7 Networking

Set XenServer 7 Hostname and DNS

Set XenServer 7 Hostname and DNS

12. This step covers several screens for setting time zone information and NTP (Network Time Protocol).

Select XenServer 7 Timezone

Select XenServer 7 Timezone

Set XenServer System Time

Set XenServer System Time

Configure NTP for XenServer 7

Configure NTP for XenServer 7

13. At this point in the installer, all of the initial configuration information for a clean install has been provided and the installer is ready to install all the necessary files.

WARNING – Continuing at this point WILL ERASE ALL DATA on the target disks!

Confirm XenServer 7 Installation

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