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XenServer 6.5 SP1 Administration - CXS 300

Designed for students without previous XenServer experience. This course provides the skills necessary to effectively design, deploy, manage and support Citrix XenServer 6.5 SP1. Configure a complete enterprise solution – covering everything from installation to advanced troubleshooting in a virtual lab environment.

  • Skills Gained
  • Prerequisites
  • Syllabus

In this course, students will learn the skills necessary to configure and administer a XenServer 6.5 SP1 environment, including topics such as:

  • Understanding XenServer architecture, features, editions and entitlements
  • Creating and Managing Virtual Machines
  • Installing and Configuring XenServer
  • Managing the XenServer Environment
  • Configuring Resource Pools
  • Configuring High Availability / Disaster Recovery
  • Creating and Managing Networks
  • Configuring Storage
  • Configuring Security
  • Determining Sizing and Optimizations
  • Troubleshooting the XenServer Environment

Citrix recommends students prepare for this course by gaining a basic understanding of the following concepts and technologies:
• A basic overall knowledge of virtualization technology
• An understanding of computing architecture, including network and storage devices, device drivers and operating systems
• Basic 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
Module 1: XenServer Architecture
• Describing the XenServer virtualization platform
• Product editions and entitlements
• XenServer architecture
• XenServer key components

Module 2: Managing Virtual Machines
• Virtualization techniques
• XenTools
• Creating virtual machines
• Managing virtual machines
• Understanding vApps
• Managing snapshots

Module 3: Installing XenServer
• Hardware requirements
• Licensing
• Available installation methods
• XenServer supplemental packs

Module 4: Managing a XenServer Environment
• Deploying hotfixes
• Upgrading XenServer
• Upgrading XenTools
• Monitoring and alerting
• Pool metadata backups

Module 5: Resource Pools
• Understanding resource pools
• XenServer pool master
• Pool master election
• Workload balancing

Module 6: Networking
• XenServer networking architecture
• Virtual network types
• Network interface bonds
• XenServer physical connectivity

Module 7: Storage
• XenServer storage architecture
• Understanding thick and thin provisioning
• Storage locations
• File based and block based storage
• Storage multipathing
• XenServer Intellicache
• XenServer in-memory read caching

Module 8: High Availability
• Purpose of high availability
• High availability recommendations
• Detecting a host failure
• High availability recovery process

Module 9: Security
• Integrating with Active Directory
• Understanding role-based access
• Minimizing the attack surface
• Certificates and SSL with XenServer

Module 10: Sizing and Optimizations
• Dom0 sizing
• Dom0 in-memory reach caching
• Virtual CPU optimization
• Device pass-through
• Dynamic memory control
• Resource scheduling
• Network QoS
• Disk prioritization

Module 11: Troubleshooting
• XenServer maintenance mode
• Host logs and event notifications
• Xsconsole
• XenTop
• Command line and PowerShell commands
• Using Citrix Insight Services
• Network tracing
  • Course Code: CXS-300
  • Duration : 5 Days
  • Certified by: Citrix

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