Virtualization - Course Details

CXS60A(CXS-203) Citrix XenServer 6.0 Administration (CXS-203)

Virtualization Course Description:
In this Citrix XenServer 6.0 training course, you will gain the foundationalknowledge necessary to effectively install, configure, administer, andtroubleshoot XenServer 6.0. You will learn how to configure a ProvisioningServices 6.0 host, and create and manage vDisks in a XenServer environment.Through hands-on labs, you will acquire the skills needed to configure theDistributed Virtual Switch (DVS) as well as Workload Balancing (WLB). You willalso create and manage Windows virtual machines and the resource pools in whichthey will be placed.
Virtualization Course Duration:
5 DAYS
Virtualization Course Target Audience:
This course is designed for IT professionals, administrators, architects, and systems engineers
Virtualization Course Prerequisite:
Basic knowledge virtualization technology,Understanding of computing architecture, including network and storagedevices, device drivers, and operating systems,Basic experience installing and administering Windows Server 2003 orWindows 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, includingpartitions, SANs, LUNs, iSCSI, NFS, and CIFS file shares
Course Content:
1. XenServer

Product Line
Product Simplification
Architectural Changes
Virtual Appliances and Broader Vendor Support
Microsoft System Center Integration
XenDesktop Integration
Enhanced Operating System Support
Other Enhancements and Improvements
XenServer Architecture
XenCenter
Resource Pools
XenServer Storage
XenServer Networking
Provisioning Services
2. Installing and Configuring XenServer

XenServer Installation
Virtual Machine Storage
Installing Single and Multiple Disk Systems
Installing XenServer
Pre-Installation Checklist
XenServer Installation Process
IntelliCache
Configuring NTP
XenCenter Installation and Management Consoles
XenCenter Consoles
XenServer Licensing Components
License File Management
Citrix License Server Virtual Appliance
Obtaining License Files
License Management Console
Managing XenServer Users
Key Benefits of Active Directory Integration
Configuring Active Directory Integration
End-User Authentication Using Active Directory
Active Directory Integration
External Authentication Process
Role-Based Access Control
Roles
Security Logs
3. XenServer Networking

Network Stacks Supported by XenServer
Network Components and Architecture
Network Architecture Diagram
Network Adapter Drivers
Private-Server and External Networks
VLAN Support and Components
Initial Network Setup
Network Interface Card (NIC) Bond
NIC Bonding Architecture
Load Balancing
NIC Bond Configuration for Resource Pools
4. XenServer Storage Repositories

Storage Technologies
Virtual Disk Image Formats
Storage Technology Comparison
XenServer Storage Architecture
Storage Repository Architecture
Multiple Storage Repositories
Local Storage Repositories
Virtual Disk Size
Storage Capability Comparison
Network File System (NFS) Storage
Architecture
Virtual Disks
Remote Storage Configuration and Recommendations
iSCSI Storage
Architecture
Adapters
Setup Configuration and Recommendations
Resizing a Storage Repository
iSCSI
Host Bus Adapter (HBA)
Fibre Channel SANs
Fibre Channel Architecture
LUN Device Path
Dedicated NIC Bonds for Remote Storage
Dedicated Remote Storage Interface Configuration
Storage Multipathing
Citrix StorageLink
Storage Repository
Supported Array Types
Upgrading to StorageLink with XenServer
5. Creating and Managing Virtual Machines

Windows Virtual Machine Architecture
Virtual Memory and Disk Size Limits for Windows Virtual Machines
Virtual Device Support for Windows Virtual Machines
Installation from an ISO
ISO Libraries
To Create a Windows Virtual Machine
Linux Distributions
Creating Linux Virtual Machines
XenServer Tools
XenServer Tools for Windows Virtual Machines
XenServer Tools for Linux Virtual Machines
Install XenServer Tools
Life Cycle Operations
Suspend and Resume
Deleting a Virtual Machine
Virtual Machine Templates
Creating a Template from a Windows Virtual Machine
Creating a Template from a Linux Virtual Machine
Virtual Machine Snapshots
Exporting a Virtual Machine
Copying a Virtual Machine
Assigning Resources to a Virtual Machine
Importing a Virtual Machine
Modifying Virtual Machine or Template Resources
Virtual Disks
Virtual Disk Sizes
Virtual NICs
Virtual CPUs
Memory
Virtual Appliance Packages
Creating Virtual Appliances
Exporting an Appliance Package
Importing an Appliance Package
XenConvert
Physical Machine Conversion
Converting from Physical to Virtual Machine
Performing a PV Conversion
Dynamic Memory Control
Dynamic Memory Control Optimization
Static Memory Range
DMC Behavior Launching New Virtual Machines
6. Installing and Configuring Provisioning Services

Provisioning Services Technology
Provisioning Services for XenServer
Citrix Provisioning Services Components
Citrix Provisioning Services Infrastructure
Provisioning Services Administration
Administrative Roles
Key Services
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Deployment Options
DHCP Configuration
Installation Planning
Provisioning Services Farm Design
Farms
SQL Database Server
SQL Database Authentication and Configuration
Configuration Wizard User Permissions
Service Account Permissions
Sites and Stores
Storage Requirements
Sample vDisk Storage Requirements
Provisioning Services Installation
Provisioning Services Configuration
Store Configuration
Provisioning Services Hosts in the Console
Target Device Connections
Server Properties
Target Device
Collection
Template
Properties
Additions to the Database
Auto-Add Wizard
Active Directory Integration
Domain Password Validation Process
Automatic Password Renegotiation
Integrate Active Directory
Reset Computer Accounts for Target Devices
7. Managing vDisks and Target Devices

vDisk Image Modes
Standard Image Mode
Private Image Mode
Write Caches
Write-Cache Types
Cache on Server Disk
Local Storage
Shared Storage
Cache on Target Device Hard Drive
Local Storage
Shared Storage
Target Device-Based RAM Cache
Target Device RAM
Cache Persistent on Server
Microsoft Licensing for Provisioning Services
Master Target Device
Preparing a Master Target Device
Preparing the Hard Disk of the Master Target Device
Configuring the BIOS of a Master Target Device
Installing Master Target Device Software
Imaging a Windows Target Device with XenConvert
vDisk File Creation
vDisk Lifecycle Operations
VHD Formats
Create vDisks Automatically Using Imaging Wizard
Creating a vDisk Manually
vDisk Management
Assigning vDisks to Target Devices
vDisk Versions
vDisk Backup
vDisk Updates
Autoupdate Tool
vDisk Update Management Requirements
Install Updates Automatically
Incremental Update Rollback
vDisk Replication
vDisk Inventory Service
High Availability
Provisioning Services Failover
Configuring the Boot File for High Availability
Adding Provisioning Services Hosts to the Boot File
Enabling High Availability on vDisks
Provide Provisioning Services Hosts with Access to Stores
Considerations for Offline Database Support
Enabling Offline Database Support
Stream Logging
Enable Logging
Troubleshooting vDisk Images
8. Implementing Resource Pools

Pool Member Types
Resource Pool Communication
Homogeneous Pools
Heterogeneous Pools
Shared Configurations
Adding a Host
Adding a Member
Removing a Secondary Member
XenMotion
Migrating a Virtual Machine or Template
Pool Member Failure
Failure Detection Process
Promote a Secondary Member to a Master
9. Distributed Virtual Switching (DVS)

Features
Components
vSwitch Controller Virtual Appliance Deployment
Accessing the vSwitch Controller
vSwitch Controller Configuration
High Availability
Monitoring Network Activity
Viewing Flow Statistics
Exporting NetFlow Statistics
Managing Address Groups and Virtual Machine Groups
DVS Policy Configuration Hierarchy
Access Control List
Policies
Hierarchy
Rules
Rule Enforcement Order
Configuring Fail Modes
Setting Up Port Configuration Policies
Configuring QoS
Configuring RSPAN
Configuring Mac Address Spoof Checking
Cross-Server Private Networks
Requirements
XenMotion with Cross-Server Private Networks
Recovering from a Failed vSwitch Controller
10. Workload Balancing (WLB)

Concepts
Components
Download the WLB Virtual Appliance
Import Considerations for the WLB Virtual Appliance
Configuration
Update WLB Credentials
Connecting to the WLB Virtual Appliance
Access Control Permissions
Settings
Critical Thresholds
Critical Threshold Evaluation and Edit
Metric Weighting
Fixed and Scheduled Optimization Modes
Optimization Recommendations
WLB Power Management
Power Management Behavior
Power Management and Virtual Machine Consolidation
Apply Optimization Recommendations Automatically
Optimal Server Selection
Host Exclusion from Recommendations
11. Configuring High Availability

High Availability Requirements
High Availability Considerations
Restart Priorities
Server Failure Tolerance
Over Committing
Host Fencing
Disaster Recovery
Disaster Preparedness and Response
Backup and Recovery of XenServer Hosts and Virtual Machines
Metadata
Backing Up a Pool Installation
Restoring a Pool Installation
Backing Up Virtual Machines as Snapshots
Take a Snapshot of a Virtual Machine
Restoring a Running XenServer Host
Listing Snapshots Using the Command-Line Interface
Deleting a Snapshot
Restoring a Virtual Machine from a Snapshot
12. Managing and Troubleshooting XenServer

Command-Line Interface
Operations Targets
Basics
Shortcuts
XenServer Menu-Driven Text Console
Monitoring XenServer
Using the XenTop Utility to Monitor Host and Virtual Machine Performance
Logging to a Remote Syslog Server
Events and Alerts
Alert Customization
Persistent XenServer Performance Statistics
Performance Statistics in XenCenter
XenServer Logs and Reports
XenCenter Event Logs
Server Status Reports
Xen-Bugtool Utility
XenServer Crashdump
Generating the Crashdump File in the Command-Line Interface
Running a Network Trace and Triggering a Memory Dump
XenServer Updates and Hotfixes
Update or Hotfix Considerations
Update XenServer Hosts Using XenCenter
Update Hosts or Pool Using the Command-Line Interface
Rolling Pool Upgrade
Planning
WLB Reports