Citrix XenServer 6.0 Administration Essential Guide

August 16, 2012

These days, during my summer holidays I have read a book about XenServer 6, just to refresh my knowledge about it in order to renew my certification to latest version (actually I’m certified CCA about XenServer 5, among the others Citrix products).  The book was Citrix XenServer 6.0 Administration Essential Guide, edited by Packt Publishing and written by an Italian Senior System Engineer, Daniele Tosatto (you can view his blog following this link).

I can say this book is an excellent starting point for learning about XenServer, whether you don’t know anything about virtualization, both for those are already familiar with other hypervisors, like VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V, and wants test / learn even XenServer.
As the author says in the preface of this manual, “The book starts by providing an overview of the XenServer platform and Resource Pool concepts. Next, it covers user authentication and storage repositories management. The book then dives deep into topics such as virtual machine creation and management, management of XenServer memory and networking, snapshots, and High Availability features and monitoring.”

According to me the strength of this book is without doubt the presence of numerous “practical examples covering typical tasks related to virtual infrastructure management.” Each of these tasks is then presented by the author (step by step) in two ways, using the GUI by XenCenter (the administrative console of XenServer) and are also listed the equivalent commands for those who want to use the xe cli, the hypervisor command line from Fort Lauderdale.

So I would recommend it to all those searching for a good guide to start using XenServer in their infrastructure, good job Daniele!

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