XenServer Administration Handbook
Practical Recipes for Successful Deployments
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: April 2016
Pages: 142

Packed with practical advice, this hands-on guide provides valuable information you need to most effectively optimize and manage the XenServer open source virtualization platform. Whether you run a modest installation of a few blades or multiple global enterprise datacenters, this book focuses on the most critical issues you’re likely to encounter when designing a XenServer deployment and helps you handle day-to-day management tasks.

Tim Mackey and J.K. Benedict from Citrix Systems, the company that manages XenServer, show you how to design a deployment through best practices, deployment blueprints, and installation guidelines. The book’s second part features concise, easy-to-implement recipes for day-to-day management, such as user rights, backup strategies, and hardware maintenance.

  • Learn precisely what makes a XenServer work, and how it can host 1000 virtual machines
  • Explore the core components of a production XenServer environment
  • Investigate several options on how and where to install XenServer
  • Examine several factors for "right sizing" your XenServer deployment to fit your needs
  • Work with a decision tree to optimize your XenServer deployment design
  • Understand how to accommodate guest VM virtualization modes
  • Use recipes that help you plan for, obtain, and apply XenServer upgrades
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Practical, Clear and Full of Examples

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    Comments about oreilly XenServer Administration Handbook:

    Considered one of the leading hypervisors, XenServer has undergone major renovation and rejuvenation since being open-sourced back in the spring of 2013. Since then, the latest stable release of XenServer 6.5 SP1 supports many new features that have been added or revived while better performance and scalability make for a platform capable of handling the demands of desktop and server virtualization, alike. This compilation covers the basics of installation and guest operating system deployment, as well as many important aspects of general system administration presented in practical terms.
    Lots of tips, tricks and caveats are presented that can be put good use. The authors have a treasure trove of experience to draw on and share details not only hard to find in general. The emphasis of this book is very much on the "practical recipes" aspect. As a bonus, some information on the anticipated differences and enhancements with the next XenServer release, code-named Dundee, are given.

    -Tobias Kreidl - ITS Team Lead at Northern Arizona University

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