Yesterday, I’m just completed the installation of XenServer 5.6 Features Pack 1 and plan to add into SCVMM 2012 as part of my lab environment. But when i woke up this morning, then i saw a notification about Citrix has just released Citrix XenServer 5.6 SP2. What’s the heck? Since it is a new release, then i just upgraded both XenServer to the latest version. No harm for me to go on new version.
Now why i should look into Citrix XenServer since I'm MVP for Virtual Machine ? The reason are because
a) I’m just got Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA): XenDesktop 5 . (Hooray !) . I took this exam is because of my work related on VDI. However, my VDI deployment is only using Citrix XenDesktop 5 with Hyper V (hypervisor platform) . So no major conflict . Anyway,Citrix and Microsoft is an alliance partner in term of VDI delivery as well.
b) Good to know since SCVMM 2012 has support on additional hypervisor : Citrix XenServer. It will become advantages for me to understand the technologies as well.
c) Pursuing to high level of Citrix certification. One of pre-requisite is i must take the CCA: XenServer.
For the benefit of people who’re interest on Citrix hypervisor, the new version included with
a) Feature Pack 1 +
b) Support for IntelliCache enabling you to use a combination of shared storage and local storage.
c) Local Storage Spans All Physical Volumes.
d) Reset-on-boot VM behaviour.
d) Block SCSI Generic Support added, enabling full compatibility with Emulex and QLogic management functionality.
e) Support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.
Now, before integrate XenServer with SCVMM 2012, i need to install additional SCVMM Supplemental Packs.
The new version of SCVMM 2012 can manage Citrix XenServer without Citrix XenCenter (citrix hypervisor management software).
Integrate with SCVMM 2012:-
a) Computer name and Issue to (view certificate) must be same. If different, then you need to key in computer name according to Issue to . Both must match in order to successful adding Citrix Xenserver into SCVMM 2012.
After adding Citrix XenServer:-
I’ve successful added both Citrix XenServer 5.6 SP2 as part of my lab datacentre family.