In XenCenter Console – mount DVD drive in Ubuntu 14.04

In XenCenter Console – mount DVD drive in Ubuntu 14.04

When running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS as a guest under XenServer6.5  I was attempting to install xs-tools.iso by mounting it into server using the drop down box.


However at the console,  i was unable to find /dev/cdrom or /dev/dvd* or /dev/sr*  or anything that seemed to fit.


So I ran fdisk -l

#fdisk -l

and I found a disk I didnt recognize

Disk /dev/xvdd: 119 MB, 119955456 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14 cylinders, total 234288 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Disk /dev/xvdd doesn't contain a valid partition table

So I mounted it and looked at the contents

#mount /dev/xvdd /mnt
#ls /mnt
dr-xr-xr-x 4 root root 2048 Jan 27 04:08 Linux
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 1180 Jan 27 04:08 README.txt
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 65 Jan 27 04:07 AUTORUN.INF
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 802816 Jan 27 04:07 citrixguestagentx64.msi
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 802816 Jan 27 04:07 citrixguestagentx86.msi
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 278528 Jan 27 04:07 citrixvssx64.msi
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 253952 Jan 27 04:07 citrixvssx86.msi
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 1925120 Jan 27 04:07 citrixxendriversx64.msi
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 1486848 Jan 27 04:07 citrixxendriversx86.msi
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 26 Jan 27 04:07 copyright.txt
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 831488 Jan 27 04:07 installwizard.msi
-r-xr-xr-x 1 root root 50449456 Jan 27 04:03 dotNetFx40_Full_x86_x64.exe
-r-xr-xr-x 1 root root 1945 Jan 27 04:03 EULA_DRIVERS
-r-xr-xr-x 1 root root 1654835 Jan 27 04:03 xenlegacy.exe
-r-xr-xr-x 1 root root 139542 Jan 27 04:03 xluninstallerfix.exe

So I found it!  Now just to install the tools and reboot

#cd Linux && ./

XenCenter – missing ‘Logs’ tab

XenCenter – missing ‘Logs’ tab

Xencenter has moved the status of actions somewhere for each Physical and VM from the very intuitive ‘logs’ tab location it was before. Here is where they moved it.

  • At the bottom of the left pane there is an option called ‘Notifications’,  when you click it you are automatically shown all of the the alerts (such as the status changes)
  • At the top of the left pane whn you are clicked on Notifications you will notice that it has given you three options “Alerts”, “Updates” and “Events”.
  • If you click on “Events” you will see the status of ongoing ‘Exports’ or transfers or other  actions.


Resizing a VDI on XenServer using XenCenter and Commandline

Resizing a VDI on XenServer using XenCenter and Commandline

Occassionally I have a need to change the size of a disk,  perhaps to allocate more data to the os.

To do this,  on the host I unmount the disk

umount /data

Click on the domU server in XenCenter and click on the Storage tab,  select the storage item I want to resize and click ‘Detach’
at the command line on one of the dom0 hosts

 xe sr-list host=dom0hostname

write down the uuid of the SR which the Virtual Disk was in. (we will use XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXX)

 xe vdi-list sr-uuid=XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXX

write down the uuid of the disk that you wanted to resize(we will use YYYY-YYYY-YYYYY)
Also,  note that the the virtual-size parameter that shows.  VDIs can not be shrunk so you will need a disk size LARGER than the size displayed here.

 xe vdi-resize sr-uuid=YYYY-YYYY-YYYYY disk-size=9887654

XenCenter – live migrating a vm in a pool to another host

XenCenter – live migrating a vm in a pool to another host

When migrating a vm server from one host to another host in the pool I found it to be very easy at first.

In fact,  it was one of the first things test I did after setting up my first vm on a host in a pool. 4 steps

  1. Simply right click on the vm in XenCenter ->
  2. Migrate to Server ->
  3. Select from your available servers.
  4. Follow the wizzard

In building some servers,  I wanted to get some base templates which are ‘aware’ of the network I am putting together.  This would involve adding some packages and configuration,  taking a snapshot and then turning that snapshot into a template that I could easily restart next time I wanted a similar server.  Then when I went to migrate one of the servers into its final resting place.  I found an interesting error.

  1. Right click on the vm in XenCenter ->
  2. Migrate to Server ->
  3. All servers listed – Cannot see required storage

I found this odd since I was sure that the pool could see all of the required storage (In fact I was able to start a new VM on the storage available,  so I new the storage was there)

I soon found out though that the issue is that the live migrate feature,  just doesnt work when there is more than one snapshot.  I will have to look into my snapshot management on how I want to do this now,  but basically I found that by removing old snapshots does to where the VM only had one snapshot (I left one that was a couple of days old) I was able to follow the original 4 steps


Note:  the way I found out about the limitation of the number of snapshots was by

  1. Eight click on the vm in XenCenter ->
  2. Migrate to Server ->
  3. The available servers are all grayed out,  so Select “Migrate VM Wizard”
  4. In the wizard that comes up select the current pool for “Destination”
  5. This populates a list of VMs with Home Server in the destination pool want to migrate the VM (My understanding,  is that this will move the VM to that server AND make that new server the “Home Server” for that VM)
  6. When you attempt to select from the drop down list under Home Server,  you see a message “You attempted to migrate a VM with more than one snaphot”

Using that information I removed all but one snapshot and was able to migrate.  I am sure there is some logical reason behind snapshot / migration limitation but for now I will work around it and come up with some other way to handle my snapshots than just leaving them under the snapshot tab of the server.


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