Managing XCP-ng Hypervisor with XenCenter | XCP-ng Center

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XenCenter / XCP-ng Center is a Windows-based management tool for XCP-ng and Citrix® XenServer® Hypervisor environments. This tool enables you to manage/monitor virtualization servers and resource pools in your Infrastructure. it also allows you to deploy, manage, monitor, and migrate virtual machines. XCP-ng Center is forked from XenCenter source code.

The official graphical client for XCP-ng is Xen Orchestra, which gets support from a team of several developers. On the other hand, XCP-ng Center is maintained by community members on their free time and hosted by the XCP-ng project.

XenCenter/XCP-ng Center must be installed on a Windows machine that can connect to the XCP-ng / Citrix Hypervisor server through your network. Ensure that .NET framework version 4.8 or above is installed on this system.

Step 1: Download and install XenCenter /XCP-ng Center

For XenCenter, visit the Citrix Hypervisor Download page to get the latest release of XenCenter. A working Citrix account will be required to download XenCenter installation file.

If you’ll opt for XCP-ng Center, visit the github releases page to download the .exe file:

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Once the file is downloaded double-click to start installation.

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Read and accept License Agreement to proceed.

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Click finish button to complete installation and exit setup wizard.

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Launch the application after installation by going to the Start menu, and type XCP-ng Center in the search box.

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Disable or enable automatic updates for the XCP-ng Center application.

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Step 2: Connect your Xen / XCP Hypervisor server

Connect your Xen / XCP-ng Hypervisor to be managed by clicking the “Add a Server” icon

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Enter hypervisor host name or IP address and user login credentials for connection. Username is root and password is what you set during XCP-ng Hypervisor installation:

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The first time you add a host, the Save and Restore Connection State dialog box appears. You can choose to save server connection state including login credentials at startup.

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If you choose to save server connection details consider setting master password for better security.

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You’ll be asked to enter and confirm master password.

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Upon successful connection hypervisor should be visible for management from the XCP-ng Center console.

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You’re now ready to perform full cycle management of virtual machines and compute, network and storage infrastructure in your Virtualization environment using XCP-ng Center / XenCenter.

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Step 3: Add ISO Storage repository

Next is to add storage repository for OS installation ISO files. We have a guide dedicated to this:

Add and Use ISO Library Storage Repository in Xen XCP-ng

We’ll be creating more guides on Xen hypervisor and XCP-ng virtualization platform administration. Keep checking our website for latest content.

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