CXS-300 XenServer 6.5 SP1 Administration

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Overview

This course provides the skills necessary to effectively design, deploy, manage and support Citrix XenServer 6.5 SP1. Students will have access to hands-on exercises within a virtual lab environment to configure a complete enterprise solution.

Objectives

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 entitlementsCreating and Managing Virtual MachinesInstalling and Configuring XenServerManaging the XenServer EnvironmentConfiguring Resource PoolsConfiguring High Availability / Disaster RecoveryCreating and Managing NetworksConfiguring StorageConfiguring SecurityUnderstanding Sizing and Design ImpactTroubleshooting the XenServer Environment

Audience

This course is designed for IT professionals, systems engineers, administrators, and Citrix partners, who need to know how to design, deploy, manage, and support a XenServer enterprise solution. XenApp/XenDesktop administrators who want to learn how to optimize XenDesktop/XenApp performance or how to troubleshoot issues as well as datacenter administrators who are using XenServer for running many different types of virtual machines will benefit from this class.

Syllabus

XenServer Architecture

  • Describing the XenServer virtualization platform
  • Product editions and entitlements
  • XenServer architecture
  • XenServer key components

Managing Virtual Machines

  • Virtualization techniques
  • XenTools
  • Creating virtual machines
  • Managing virtual machines
  • Understanding vApps
  • Managing snapshots

Installing XenServer

  • Hardware requirements
  • Licensing
  • Available installation methods
  • XenServer supplemental packs

Managing a XenServer Environment

  • Deploying hotfixes
  • Upgrading XenServer
  • Upgrading XenTools
  • Monitoring and alerting
  • Pool metadata backups

Resource Pools

  • Understanding resource pools
  • XenServer pool master
  • Pool master election
  • Workload balancing

Networking

  • XenServer networking architecture
  • Virtual network types
  • Network interface bonds
  • XenServer physical connectivity

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

High Availability

  • Purpose of high availability
  • High availability recommendations
  • Detecting a host failure
  • High availability recovery process

Security

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

Sizing & Optimizations

  • Dom0 sizing
  • Dom0 in-memory reach caching
  • Virtual CPU optimization
  • Device pass-through
  • Dynamic memory control
  • Resource scheduling
  • Network QoS
  • Disk prioritization

Troubleshooting

  • XenServer maintenance mode
  • Host logs and event notifications
  • Xsconsole
  • XenTop
  • Command line and PowerShell commands
  • Using Citrix Insight Services
  • Network tracing

Training provider

Teaching mode:
Classroom - Instructor Led
Online - Instructor Led
Duration: 5 days
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