10 advices to start with Xen Orchestra

This quick guide has been created to help the new comers in Xen Orchestra universe to make their first steps in our Applicance and to get the maximum from the trial period we provide. If you didn't register yet, do it now and ask for the trial period in order to discover all the features of XOA.

If you want to launch your XenServer infrastructure into to Cloud, that you are struggling with administration issues with XenCenter or even if you want a complete backup tool for you XenApp and XenDesktop VMs, Xen Orchestra offers features for any of these subjects, it's a complete all in one tool.

Now that you have register, here are 10 advices to help you in your journey with Xen Orchestra. Of course, this guide is just a glimpse of all the features and you can find a lot more informations in our documentation section.

1 - Deploy Xen Orchestra on your Xenserver

the fastest and easier way to install Xen Orchestra is to use our Appliance. To do so, you just have to SSH into your XenServer console and execute this line of command:

bash -c "$(curl -s http://xoa.io/deploy)"

Note: This command line will import XOA VM in your default repository and download, import and start our appliance. It's 100% safe, nothing will be changed on you XenServer.

2 - Activate your Premium Trial

In order to activate your Premium trial, you have to go on the update menu. Register yourself with the very same email and password that you use to register on our website.
You will see a green button appear "Start Trial" click on that button. Then final step is to click on the "upgrade" button. The Premium edition will be downloaded and you will be able to use XOA Premium during 15 days.

Note: If you want to check the remaining trial period, you can go on update view at any moment and check it here.

3 - Activate the plugins you want to use

You are almost ready to use Xen Orchestra. The last configuration step you should do is to activate the plugins you needs. In Settings/plugins you can choose the optional features you want to use.

By example, the LDAP authentificator, or the backup report can be activated and configured from this panel.

4 - Add a XenServer host

The very first time you will connect yourself to XOA, you will need to add a server. To do it, you simply have to enter the IP of you XenServer host (the pool master if in a pool). Once it's done, you are connected and will now have access to the classic view to manage your VMs objects.
You can check the global user interface documentation for more detailed informations.

5 - Create a VM with Xen Orchestra

To create a VM using Xen Orchestra you can click on the New VM  button on the home view.

Select your pool, a template if you have one and give a name to your future VM.
The performances you are needed vCPUs, RAM, CPU weight and cap.

Note: Expect if you are sure of what you are doing, you should avoid changing anything about the CPU weight and cap.

6 - Manage your VMs

In Xen Orchestra, you can edit almost everything. It means that each time you see a dotted underline, you can edit simply by clicking on it. It includes VM title, description, CPU and memory and a many more.
By clicking on the advanced options you will have more management options for you VM like the Auto Power VM, the High Availability and even the option to copy your VM on any SR located in your Xenserver infrastructure.

7 - Schedule backup

One of the most used option in Xen Orchestra is the backup. You can schedule full backup for your VM on your local XOA file-system or directly in a NFS or SMB share.
To do so, click on the backup menu and choose the VM you want to backup. Then, adjust the frequencies and the "depth" to modify the retention (removing the oldest one)

Note: Keep in mind tht full backup are space consuming. Xen Orchestra is allowing delta backup which is far more optimized. You can find more information about delta backup here.

8 - XenServer autopatching

Patching a host manually is not only time consuming, it's boring too. That's why we provide a high level feature which is downloading and applying all missing patches automatically.

The missing patches will be display on your dashboard view, on your pool view and on your host view. You just have to click on install the patches and XOA will automatically:

  • fetch all missing patches on Citrix servers
  • Unzip them
  • Upload them
  • Apply them in the correct order

Note: The only thing that remains to do manually is to reboot your hosts when it's needed. Follow the guidance to know if you have to, the mention restarthost will inform you.

9 - Access your logs

Sometimes it's useful to chek XOA logs in order to detect issues. You can access logs by clicking on Settings/Logs.

10 - Ask for support

Our pro support is included in our appliance. You can access your support menu in your customer interface. You can reach us trough the chatbox on the website too.

Note: Of course, the higher the plan is, the higher priority it gets for support. Our response time is usually under 24 hours.