How to Install Citrix XenServer 7.1

How to Install Citrix XenServer 7.1


This tutorial shows how to install Citrix XenServer 7.1

What is XenServer?

XenServer is an industry-leading, open source platform for cost-effective application, desktop, cloud, and server virtual infrastructures. XenServer enables organizations of any size or type to consolidate and transform compute resources into virtual workloads for today's data center requirements, while ensuring a seamless pathway for moving workloads to the cloud.

Host Requirements

The system requirements for the XenServer host are:

  • One or more 64-bit x86 CPU(s), 1.5GHz minimum, 2 GHz or faster multicore CPU recommended
  • To support VMs running Windows, an Intel VT or AMD-V 64-bit x86-based system with one or more CPU(s) is required
  • To support VMs running supported paravirtualized Linux, a standard 64-bit x86-based system with one or more CPU(s) is required
  • 2GB minimum, 4GB or more recommended
  • Locally attached storage (PATA, SATA, SCSI) with 46GB of disk space minimum, 70GB of disk space recommended, or SAN via HBA (not via software) if installing with multipath boot from SAN (see for a detailed list of compatible storage solutions)
  • 100Mbit/s or faster NIC. One or more gigabit NIC(s) is recommended for faster P2V and export/import data transfers and VM live migration
  • For redundancy, multiple NICs are recommended. The configuration of NICs will differ depending on the storage type. See vendor documentation for details

What's New in 7.1

  • PVS-Accelerator
  • Automated Updates
  • Live Patching
  • Linux V2V Migration
  • Nutanix HCI support
  • Long Term Service Release
  • Aligned product lifecycle dates with XenApp & XenDesktop
  • XenServer Enterprise Entitlement for all XenApp & XenDesktop customers

Installation Steps

XenServer Install Menu

Boot Server with installation media in the CD\DVD drive
Press Enter to boot to the installer

Select Keymap

Select the keyboard type, press Enter

XenServer Setup

Press Enter to continue


Press Enter to accept the End User License Agreement

Virtual Machine Storage

Select the drive where VMs will be stored and press Enter

Select Installation Source

Press Enter to continue

Verify Installation Source

Select whether or not to verify the installation source and press Enter

Set Password

Type in the password for the root user and press Enter


Select either DHCP or type in the networking details, press Enter to continue

Hostname and DNS Configuration

Type in the hostname and the DNS information and then press Enter

Select Time Zone

Select the time zone and press Enter

Select Time Zone

Select the city and press Enter

NTP Configuration

Type in the NTP information and press Enter

Confirm Installation

Press Tab to highlight Install XenServer and press Enter

Preparing to Install XenServer

XenServer will now prepare to install

Installing XenServer

XenServer will now install

Supplemental Packs

Press the Tab key to No and then press Enter

Continuing the Install

XenServer will continue the installation

Installation Complete

Press Enter to reboot the server, ensure install media is out of the drive


Press the Enter key to continue or the Up or Down arrow key to change your choice

XenServer Console

The server will then reboot to the XenServer Console

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Jason Robinson

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