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  • 1. Pre-requisites for XenServer Proof of Concepts

2. Page 2 of 18 Version History 1.0 Steve Atkinson Document Creation 27/12/2007 1.1 Anthony Francis Updated for XenServer 5.0 andPVS 27/11/2008 1.2 Anthony Francis Formatted in new PoC Template 30/12/2008 1.3 Anthony Francis Updated for PVS 5.x deployment aspart of E4XS PoC 14/07/2009 1.4 Anthony Francis Update for Essentialsfor XenServer 5.5 03/08/2009 1.5 Anthony Francis Re-entered success criteria/businesscase sections, along with expected completion date 10/08/2009 3. Page 3 of 18 Contents Introduction........................................................................................................................................................................................5 Executive Summary.....................................................................................................................................................................5 Overview........................................................................................................................................................................................5 PoC Planning....................................................................................................................................................................................6 Customer Contact Details...........................................................................................................................................................6 Site Location and Contact Details .............................................................................................................................................6 Citrix Systems / Partner Contact Details ..................................................................................................................................7 Success Criteria for Pilot.............................................................................................................................................................7 Business Case..............................................................................................................................................................................8 Agreed / Actual PoC Time..........................................................................................................................................................8 Scope.............................................................................................................................................................................................8 Responsibilities.............................................................................................................................................................................9 Customer/Citrix Systems/Citrix Partner Responsibilities:..................................................................................................9 Pre-Installation Requirements......................................................................................................................................................11 Hardware.................................................................................................................................................................................11 XenCenter Workstation.........................................................................................................................................................11 Located on the same IP subnet as the XenServer Network Specification....................................................................11 Local Storage..........................................................................................................................................................................11 Shared Storage.......................................................................................................................................................................11 Provisioning Services 5.0 SP2.............................................................................................................................................12 Provisioning Server: Network Requirements.....................................................................................................................12 Operating System...................................................................................................................................................................12 Software...................................................................................................................................................................................12 Licensing..................................................................................................................................................................................12 Installation........................................................................................................................................................................................13 Environment Verification Questions....................................................................................................................................13 4. Page 4 of 18 Installation Order........................................................................................................................................................................15 Configuration Guidelines...........................................................................................................................................................16 Toolkits and Useful Links ..............................................................................................................................................................18 5. Page 5 of 18 Introduction Executive Summary It is the intention of Citrix to provide a Systems Engineer to install and configure Citrix XenServer for the purposes of demonstrating keyfeatures of this technology.It is perceived that a successful POC will provide enough knowledge to the customer for them to make informed decisions as to if / how they take the technologyforward into semi and fully production environments. To ensure that it is fully understood whatis needed from both parties itwill be necessaryto agree to the points listed in this document. This will form the basis for the POC and will ensure that the mostis obtained from itboth while it is running and moving forward into production and semi-production environments. Overview Citrix XenServer 5.5 is a server virtualization platform that makes data centres more agile and efficientthrough faster application delivery, higher levels of availability and improved utilization of IT resources.XenServer delivers the advanced features required by mission critical workloads (operating systems,applications and configurations) without sacrificing the ease-of-use necessaryfor wide-scale deployments. As a native 64-bitvirtualisation platform builton the open source Xen hypervisor, XenServer installs directlyon bare - metal servers requiring no dedicated hostoperating system.The platform is ideal for rapid adoption of virtualization for server consolidation,software development,and business continuityas well as comprehensive application workload provisioning for virtual and physical infrastructure. Key features include: High-performance,native 64-bitXen hypervisor Broad supportfor Windows and Linux guestoperating systems Simple deploymentand installation Easy single-server managementthrough XenCenter Active Directory Integration for XenCenter Disk based Snapshots for all Storage Repositorytypes XenConvert P2V Windows Physical to Virtual Conversion tool Enterprise-readyperformance and scalability VLAN supportfor virtual network isolation and aggregation Multi-server management XenMotion for live relocation of virtual machines Supportfor dynamic resource pools,shared storage,and qualityof service Essentials for XenServer 5.5, Enterprise Edition provides advanced virtualisation managementfeatures on top of the free XenServer virtualisation platform and optimises business-critical server workloads,enabling data centres to be flexible, efficient, and cost effective pools ofcomputing and storage resources with: All features included in XenServer 5.5 plus: High Availability that automaticallyrestartVMs upon hostserver failure Workload Balancing ofVMs 6. Page 6 of 18 StorageLink for deep storage integration and storage managementfor virtualisation Automated Lab Managementfor virtual environments Dynamic Workload Provisioning ofvirtual machines only Workflow Studio orchestration Essentials for XenServer 5.5, Platinum Edition provides advanced virtualisation managementfeatures on top of the free XenServer virtualisation platform and optimises business-critical server workloads,enabling data centres to be flexible, efficient, and cost effective pools ofcomputing and storage resources with: All features included in Essentials for XenServer 5.5, Enterprise Edition plus: Dynamic Workload Provisioning ofvirtual and physical machines Stage Management Additionally, Citrix offers OEM editions ofXenServer which are available as embedded software in x86 servers from HP, Dell, and other vendors. PoC Planning Details ofwhat should be discussed with the customer regarding scope ofthe pilot, e.g. things like inclusion ofcertain applications when testing XenApp. Customer Contact Details Primary Contact Full Name E-mail Address Mobile Telephone Office Telephone Office Address Technical Contact Full Name E-mail Address Mobile Telephone Office Telephone Office Address Site Location and Contact Details 7. Page 7 of 18 Site Name Site Contact Name Site Contact Telephone Site Contact E-mail Site Full Address Site Access Notes Citrix Systems / Partner Contact Details Citrix Systems / Partner Acco