Citrix XenServer Certification

Citrix XenServer Certification


In this Citrix XenServer 5.6 training course, students will learn skills necessary to configure and administer XenServer 5.6, XenCenter, and Provisioning Services 5.6. Through virtual labs, as well as demonstrations and the practical application of concepts, students will gain experience with:

  1. Configuring a XenServer virtualization server
  2. Managing a XenServer us ing XenCenter
  3. Creating Windows and Linux virtual machines
  4. Creating XenServer resource pools and connecting to remote storage
  5. Using XenMotion and automatic virtual machine placement
  6. Designing a Provisioning Server farm
  7. Creating, assigning and administering virtual disks
  8. Managing target devices
  9. Configuring high availability


This course is des igned for IT professionals, Architects, Systems Engineers and Citrix Partner Network members.

Preparatory Recommendations

Prior to taking this course, Citrix recommends that learners possess the following knowledge and experience:

basic knowledge of the purpos e and goals of virtualization technology An understanding of computing architecture, including network and storage devices, device drivers and operating systems

Basic experience installing and administering Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 Basic experience installing and administering Linux variants Intermediate knowledge of network devices and site architecture, including configuring vLANs Basic knowledge of storage terminology and technologies, including partitions, SANs, LUNs, iSCSI, NFS, and CIFS file shares

Key Skills

In this Citrix XenServer 5.6 training course, students will learn skills necessary to configure and administer Xenserv er 5.6, XenCenter, and Provisioning Services 5.6. Through hands-on labs, students will gain experience with:

  1. Configuring a XenServer virtualization server
  2. Managing a XenServer us ing XenCenter
  3. Creating Windows and Linux virtual machines
  4. Creating XenServer resource pools and connecting to remote storage
  5. Using XenMotion and automatic virtual machine placement
  6. Designing a Provisioning services farm
  7. Creating, assigning and administering virtual disks
  8. Managing target devices

Instructional Method

This course is available in either classroom or self-paced online formats, and includes access to a live lab environment, as well as demonstrations and the practical application of concepts through hands-on exercises

Course Length

  • 30 hours or 5 days

Certification Preparation

  • This course prepares learners for the CCA for Citrix XenServer 5


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Topic Outline

  1. Provided is the outline for CXS-202-2

Module 1: XenServer Introduction

  1. Overview
  2. XenServer Product Line
  3. Citrix XenServer 5.6 New Features
  4. Role-based Ac cess Control
  5. Dynamic Memory Control
  6. Virtual Machine Disk Snapshot
  7. Automated Virtual Machine Optimizations and Power Management
  8. StorageLink Site Recovery
  9. Heterogeneous Pools
  10. Enhanced Operating-System Support
  11. Enhanced XenCenter Interface
  12. Adminis trative Logging and Audit
  13. XenServer Architecture Overview
  14. XenServer Architectural Components
  15. Emulation Example
  16. Paravirtualization Example
  17. XenCenter Overview
  18. XenCenter Performance Data

Module 2: XenServer and XenCenter Installation

  1. Overview
  2. XenServer Installation
  3. Virtual Machine Storage
  4. Single and Multiple Disk System Installations
  5. Multiple Disk System
  6. Installing XenServer
  7. Pre-Installation Checklist
  8. XenServer Installation Process
  9. Practice: XenServer Installation
  10. Installing XenCenter
  11. XenCenter Windows Consoles
  12. XenCenter Linux Cons oles
  13. XenServer Licensing
  14. Licensing Components
  15. License File Management
  16. Obtaining License Files
  17. Installing the Citrix License Server
  18. License Management Console
  19. Review Questions

Module 3: Windows Virtual Machines

  1. Overview
  2. Virtual Memory and Disk Size Limits
  3. Virtual Device Support
  4. Windows Virtual Machine Architecture
  5. To Create a Windows Virtual Machine
  6. Installation from an ISO
  7. ISO Libraries
  8. To Create an ISO Library
  9. Practice: Windows Virtual Machine Creation from an ISO Library
  10. XenServer Tools
  11. Review Questions

Module 4: Linux Virtual Machines

  1. Overview
  2. Linux Virtual Machine Architecture
  3. Linux Distributions
  4. Xen-enabled Distributions
  5. Non-Xen-enabled Distributions
  6. Creating Linux Virtual Machines
  7. To Create a Linux Virtual Machine
  8. Installing XenServer Tools
  9. To Install XenServer Tools
  10. Virtual Network Computing for Virtual Machines
  11. To Configure VNC for Virtual Machines
  12. Review Questions

Module 5: Templates and Life-Cycle Operations

  1. Overview
  2. Virtual Machine Templates
  3. Practice: Virtual Machine Templates
  4. Exporting a Virtual Machine
  5. Importing a Virtual Machine
  6. Copying a Virtual Machine
  7. Practice: Importing and Exporting a Virtual Machine
  8. New Virtual Machine Creation Using a Template
  9. Life-Cycle Operations
  10. Suspend and Resume
  11. Deleting a Virtual Machine
  12. Practice: Life-Cycle Operations
  13. Review Questions

Module 6: XenConvert

  1. Overview
  2. XenConvert Overview
  3. Xen Virtual Appliance Formats
  4. Open Virtualization Format
  5. XenConvert Default Behavior
  6. Physical Machine Conversion
  7. To Produce a Virtualized Instance of a Workload
  8. Source Volume Properties
  9. Destination Volume Properties
  10. Disk Properties
  11. Practice: Disk Space
  12. Converting from Physical to Virtual Machine
  13. To Complete the P2V Convers ion
  14. New Virtual Machine in XenCenter
  15. Practice: P2V Conversion
  16. Virtual-to-Virtual-Machine Conversion
  17. To Convert a Server or Desktop to a Virtual Machine
  18. Review Questions

Module 7: Resource Management

  1. Overview
  2. Virtual Machine Resource Management
  3. Virtual Disk s
  4. Virtual Disk Sizes
  5. vDisk Resizing
  6. Virtual NICs
  7. Virtual CPUs
  8. Memory
  9. Multiprocessor HAL in Windows 2000
  10. Practice: Resource Management
  11. Resource Optimization
  12. CPU Sc heduler
  13. CPU Priorities
  14. Network and Storage Resources
  15. Practice: Fine-Tuning Resources
  16. Dynamic Memory Control
  17. Dynamic Memory Control Configuration
  18. DMC Behavior when Launching New Virtual Machines
  19. Events and Alerts
  20. To Set Host Alerts in XenCenter
  21. To Set Virtual Machine Alerts in XenCenter
  22. Alert Customization
  23. Perfmon String
  24. Valid Virtual Machine Elements
  25. Valid Host Elements
  26. Pers istent XenServ er Performance Statistics
  27. E-mail Alert Configuration
  28. Performance Statistics in XenCenter
  29. Performance Graphs in XenCenter
  30. XenCenter Searches
  31. Review Questions

Module 8: Networking

  1. Overview
  2. Network Components and Architecture
  3. Network Architecture Diagram
  4. Internal-only Network s
  5. Virtual NICs
  6. External Networks
  7. VLAN Support and Components
  8. Practice: Network Component Descriptions
  9. Initial Network Setup
  10. Management and Normal Interfaces
  11. IP Address Information for Normal NICs
  12. Practice: Configuring Physical Networks
  13. NIC Bonds
  14. NIC Bonding Architecture
  15. Active-Active Mode
  16. Load Balancing
  17. Network Adapter Drivers
  18. Virtual Network Setup
  19. Virtual NIC Creation
  20. Virtual NICs Connections
  21. To Configure a NIC Bond for a Standalone Host
  22. NIC Bond Configuration for Resource Pools
  23. Network Configuration
  24. To Configure a VLAN
  25. Review Questions

Module 9: Managing XenServer

  1. Overview
  2. Managing XenServer Users
  3. End User Authentication using Active Directory (AD)
  4. Active Directory Integration Key Benefits
  5. External Authentication Process
  6. Active Directory Integration
  7. Active Directory Integration Configuration
  8. Role-based Ac cess Control
  9. Roles
  10. Command-Line Interface Overview
  11. XenServer Menu-Driven Text Cons ole
  12. Command-line Interface Operations Targets
  13. XenServer Objects
  14. Core XenServer Objec ts
  15. Host Connector Objects
  16. Virtual Machine Connector Objects
  17. Object Naming within the Command-Line Interface
  18. Command-Line Interface Usage
  19. Command-Line Interface Prerequis ites
  20. Basic Command-Line Interface Syntax
  21. Command-Line Interface Shortcuts
  22. Common Object Commands
  23. The List Command
  24. List Command Displayed Parameters
  25. List Command Class Object
  26. To Use the List Command Procedure
  27. Expanded Fields
  28. The Parameter Commands
  29. Parameter Command Modifiers
  30. To Use the Param Command
  31. Practice: XenServer Commands
  32. XenServer Help Commands
  33. To Access Help Commands
  34. Command-Line Interface Ac cess
  35. XenServer Host Command-Line Interface
  36. To Access the Command-Line Interface Directly from the Host Procedure
  37. To Access the XenServer Command-Line Interface Using SSH Procedure
  38. To Access the XenServer Command-Line Interface Using XenCenter
  39. Remote Command-Line Interface Access
  40. Credential Arguments
  41. Remote Host Example
  42. Review Questions

Module 10: Storage

  1. Overview
  2. Storage Introduction
  3. Storage Components
  4. Storage Types
  5. Storage Type Feature Comparison
  6. Practice: Storage Components
  7. Storage Architecture
  8. Storage Repositories
  9. Local Disk Storage Architecture
  10. Storage Repository Architecture
  11. Practice: Storage Architecture
  12. Multiple Storage Repositories
  13. Practice: Storage Repositories
  14. Initial Storage Setup
  15. Local Storage
  16. Virtual Machine Storage Types
  17. Virtual Disk Setup
  18. Virtual Disk Size
  19. Practice: Local Storage
  20. Scaling Storage for the Enterprise
  21. Remote Storage Features
  22. Storage Capability Comparison
  23. Fibre Channel SANs Overv iew
  24. Fibre Channel Architecture
  25. Storage Repositories Configuration
  26. LUN Device Path
  27. Practice: Fibre Channel HBA Management
  28. iSCSI Storage Overview
  29. iSCSI Terminology and Names
  30. iSCSI Network
  31. Software-based iSCSI
  32. iSCSI Storage Configuration
  33. iSCSI Setup Best Practices
  34. Practice: iSCSI Storage
  35. NFS Storage Overview
  36. NFS Remote Storage
  37. Software NFS Architecture
  38. NFS Virtual Disks
  39. NFS Remote Storage Configuration
  40. NFS Setup Best Practices
  41. Practice: NFS Storage
  42. Third-Party Storage
  43. NetApp Storage Overv iew
  44. NetApp Storage Architecture
  45. FlexVol Limits and Parameters
  46. NetApp Access Control
  47. NetApp Features
  48. Dell EqualLogic Storage Integration
  49. Storage Management
  50. Dedicated NIC Bonds for Remote Storage
  51. Dedicated Remote Storage Interface Configuration
  52. Storage Multipathing
  53. iMultipathing and Disaster Recovery
  54. Storage Repository Recovery
  55. StorageLink Overview
  56. StorageLink Components
  57. StorageLink Manager Interface
  58. StorageLink Configuration
  59. Creating a Storage Repository
  60. To Create a Storage Repository
  61. Allocating Storage for Virtual Machines
  62. Creating a Storage Profile
  63. Template Management
  64. Virtual Machine Creation from Templates
  65. StorageLink Command-Line Interface and PowerShell
  66. Review Questions

Module 11: Resource Pools

  1. Overview
  2. Resource Pools Overview
  3. Resources Shared in a Pool
  4. Resource Pool Architecture
  5. Pool Member Types
  6. Resource Pool Communication
  7. Heterogeneous Pools
  8. Pool Member Requirements
  9. Resource Pool Requirements Diagram
  10. CPU Requirements
  11. Network Settings
  12. XenServer Licenses in a Resource Pool
  13. Resource Pool Administration
  14. Resource Pool Creation and Configuration
  15. Shared Configurations
  16. Pool Members
  17. To Prepare for Adding a Member
  18. To Add a Member to a Resource Pool
  19. To Remove a Secondary Member from a Resource Pool
  20. Resource Pool Recovery
  21. Master Failure Overview
  22. Failure Detection Process
  23. Recovered Master Reconnection
  24. To Promote a Secondary Member to a Master
  25. Practice: Master and Secondary Server Roles
  26. Virtual Machine Movement
  27. Automatic Virtual Machine Placement
  28. Virtual Machine Location
  29. XenMotion Overview
  30. XenMotion CPU Requirements
  31. To Use XenMotion (XenCenter)
  32. Alternate Virtual Machine Movement Methods
  33. Practice: Virtual Machine Movement
  34. Review Questions

Module 12: High Availability

  1. Overview
  2. High Availability Overview
  3. High Availability Requirements
  4. High Availability Considerations
  5. Restart Protection Levels
  6. Protection Level Settings
  7. Serv er Failure Tolerance
  8. Overcommitting
  9. Overcommitment Warning
  10. High Availability on a XenServer Pool
  11. High Availability Failure Tolerance
  12. To Configure High Availability (XenCenter)
  13. To Configure High Availability (Command-Line Interface)
  14. Host Fencing
  15. Changing High Availability Settings (CLI)
  16. Practice: Configuring High Av ailability
  17. Disaster Recovery
  18. Metadata
  19. Practic e: Virtual Machine Rollback
  20. To Roll Back a Virtual Machine (XenCenter)
  21. To Roll Back a Virtual Machine (Command-Line Interface)
  22. Review Questions

Module 13: Workload Balancing

  1. Overview
  2. Work load Balancing Overview
  3. Work load Balancing Key Concepts
  4. Work load Balancing Components
  5. Work load Balancing Deployment
  6. Work load Balancing High Availability
  7. Single Server Deployment
  8. Key Services
  9. XenServer Environment Sizes
  10. Work load Balancing Installation
  11. Pre-Installation Considerations
  12. Installation on a Single Server
  13. Work load Balancing Installation Verification
  14. Work load Balancing Configuration
  15. To Initialize Workload Balancing
  16. Pool Workload Balancing Configuration
  17. Authorization for Workload Balancing
  18. XenServer and the Workload Balancing Server
  19. Antivirus Software Configuration
  20. Performance Thresholds and Metric Weighting
  21. Practice: Workload Balancing Power Management
  22. Work load Balanc ing Settings Configuration
  23. Optimization Mode
  24. Fixed and Scheduled Optimization Modes
  25. Optimization Recommendations
  26. Work load Balancing Power Management
  27. Power Management Behavior
  28. Power Management and Virtual Machine Consolidation
  29. To Apply Optimization Recommendations Automatically
  30. Practice: Workload Balancing
  31. Critical Thresholds
  32. Default Settings for Critical Thresholds
  33. Tuning Metric Weightings
  34. Host Exclusion from Recommendations
  35. To Exclude Hosts
  36. Optimal Server Selection
  37. Maintenance Mode with Workload Balancing Enabled
  38. Work load Balancing Reports
  39. Pool Optimization Performance History Report
  40. Pool Audit Log History
  41. Pool Health
  42. Pool Health History Report
  43. Pool Optimization History
  44. Virtual Machine Motion History Report
  45. Virtual Machine Performanc e History Report
  46. Configuring for a Different Workload Balancing Server
  47. Disable Work load Balancing
  48. To Update Workload Balancing Credentials
  49. Review Questions

Module 14: Troubleshooting XenServer

  1. Overview
  2. XenServer Logs and Reports
  3. XenCenter Event Logs
  4. Serv er Status Reports
  5. XenServer dmes g Overview
  6. To Generate the dmesg File in XenCenter
  7. To Generate the dmesg File in the Command-Line Interface
  8. XenServer Crashdump Overview
  9. To Generate a Crashdump File in XenCenter
  10. To Generate the Crashdump File in the Command-Line Interface
  11. XenServer Debug Tools
  12. XenCenter Searches
  13. Troubleshooting Usage
  14. Upgrading Usage
  15. XenServer Alerts
  16. To Create XenServ er Alerts in XenCenter
  17. To Create E-mail Alerts in XenCenter
  18. Overcommitment Warnings
  19. XenServer-to-XenCenter Communications
  20. XenCenter Version
  21. Valid License
  22. Network Port Availability
  23. XenServer Patch Location
  24. XenServer Patch Installation
  25. Rolling Pool Upgrade
  26. Planning a Rolling Upgrade
  27. To Prepare for Upgrading
  28. To Perform a Rolling Upgrade
  29. Review Questions

Module 15: Provisioning Services Installation and Configuration

  1. Overview
  2. Provisioning Services for XenServer
  3. Citrix Provisioning Services Infrastructure
  4. Provisioning Services Administration
  5. Citrix Provisioning Services Components
  6. Key Serv ices
  7. Practice: Key Services
  8. Installation Planning
  9. Network Boot Services
  10. Boot Process
  11. DHCP Deployment Options
  12. DHCP Configuration
  13. Provisioning Services Farm Design
  14. Farms
  15. SQL Database Server
  16. SQL Database Authentication
  17. Sites
  18. Stores
  19. Write Caches
  20. Practice: Write Cac he
  21. Storage Requirements
  22. Sample vDisk Storage Requirements
  23. Provisioning Services Installation
  24. To Install Provisioning Services
  25. Provisioning Services Configuration
  26. To Configure a Provisioning Services Farm
  27. Store Configuration
  28. Provisioning Services Hosts in the Console
  29. Target Device Connections
  30. Serv er Properties
  31. Target Device Management
  32. Target Device Collection
  33. Target Device Views
  34. Target Device Properties
  35. To Copy Target Device Properties
  36. Target Device Additions to the Database
  37. Auto-Add Wizard
  38. Active Directory Integration
  39. Domain Pass word Management
  40. Automatic Password Renegotiation
  41. To Integrate Active Directory
  42. To Enable Machine Ac count Password Management
  43. Troubleshooting Provisioning Services Installation and Configuration
  44. Review Questions

Module 16: vDisk Administration

  1. Overview
  2. vDisk Image Modes
  3. Standard Image Mode
  4. Difference Disk Image Mode
  5. Private Image Mode
  6. Write-Cache Types
  7. Cache on Server Disk
  8. Cache on Server Disk: Local Storage
  9. Cache on Server Disk: Shared Storage
  10. Cache on Devic e's Hard Drive
  11. Cache on Devic e's Hard Drive: Local Storage
  12. Cache on Device's Hard Drive: Shared Storage
  13. Target Device-based RAM Cache
  14. Target Device RAM
  15. To Create a vDisk
  16. vDisk File Creation
  17. VHD Format
  18. vDisk Mounting
  19. vDisk Formatting
  20. Master Target Device
  21. Boot Order
  22. Master Target Device Software
  23. To Create a Windows Master Target Device using the Imaging Wizard
  24. To Image Windows Target Devices with XenConvert
  25. vDisks Streaming to Diskless Virtual Machines
  26. To Create a Diskless Virtual Machine
  27. To Create a Master Target Virtual Mac hine Workload Image
  28. Practice: Master Target Device
  29. Troubleshooting vDisk Creation Issues
  30. vDisk Management
  31. To Unassign vDisks from Target Devices
  32. To Delete a vDisk
  33. vDisk Locks
  34. vDisk Back up
  35. vDisk Updates
  36. Automatic Update
  37. Incremental Update
  38. Autoupdate Tool
  39. Incremental Update Rollback
  40. Scheduled vDisk Updates
  41. Practice: vDisk Updates
  42. vDisk Update Strategies
  43. High Availability Overview
  44. High Availability Benefits
  45. High Availability Components
  46. Boot File Configuration for High Availability
  47. Provisioning Services Host Addition to the Boot File
  48. To Add a Login Server
  49. Enabling High Availability on vDisks
  50. Review Questions



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