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Cloud Computing and Virtualisation

CXS-300 Citrix XenServer 6.5 SP1 Administration

  • Length 5 days
  • Price $5665 inc GST
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Why study this course

This course provides the skills necessary to effectively design, deploy, manage and support Citrix XenServer 6.5 SP1. Students with limited or no XenServer experience will gain an understanding of what is required to implement and maintain the components of a XenServer enterprise solution.

Students will have access to hands-on exercises within a virtual lab environment to configure a complete enterprise solution – covering everything from installation to advanced troubleshooting.

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  • Citrix now provide students with electronic courseware for all Citrix authorised training courses. Students who have a confirmed booking will be sent an email prior to the course start date, with a link to create an account via before they attend their first day of class. This will ensure they have access to all Citrix authorised training content on day one of their booked Citrix course.

  • This course includes the Citrix exam which must be taken within 6 months of completing your course.

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What you’ll learn

In this course, students will learn the skills necessary to configure and administer a XenServer 6.5 SP1 environment, including topics such as:

  • Understanding XenServer architecture, features, editions and entitlements

  • Creating and Managing Virtual Machines

  • Installing and Configuring XenServer

  • Managing the XenServer Environment

  • Configuring Resource Pools

  • Configuring High Availability / Disaster Recovery

  • Creating and Managing Networks

  • Configuring Storage

  • Configuring Security

  • Understanding Sizing and Design Impact

  • Troubleshooting the XenServer Environment

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Citrix provides server, application and desktop virtualisation, networking, software as a service, and cloud computing technologies. DDLS is the most experienced provider of Citrix training in Australia with 15 years as a Citrix CALC (Citrix Authorised Learning Center).

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Who is the course for?

This course is designed for IT professionals, systems engineers, administrators, and Citrix partners, who need to know how to design, deploy, manage, and support a XenServer enterprise solution. XenApp/XenDesktop administrators who want to learn how to optimize XenDesktop/XenApp performance or how to troubleshoot issues as well as datacenter administrators who are using XenServer for running many different types of virtual machines will benefit from this class.

We can also deliver and customise this training course for larger groups – saving your organisation time, money and resources. For more information, please contact us on 1800 853 276.

Course subjects

Module 1: XenServer Architecture

  • Describing the XenServer virtualization platform

  • Product editions and entitlements

  • XenServer architecture

  • XenServer key components

Module 2: Managing Virtual Machines

  • Virtualization techniques

  • XenTools

  • Creating virtual machines

  • Managing virtual machines

  • Understanding vApps

  • Managing snapshots

Module 3: Installing XenServer

  • Hardware requirements

  • Licensing

  • Available installation methods

  • XenServer supplemental packs

Module 4: Managing a XenServer Environment

  • Deploying hotfixes

  • Upgrading XenServer

  • Upgrading XenTools

  • Monitoring and alerting

  • Pool metadata backups

Module 5: Resource Pools

  • Understanding resource pools

  • XenServer pool master

  • Pool master election

  • Workload balancing

Module 6: Networking

  • XenServer networking architecture

  • Virtual network types

  • Network interface bonds

  • XenServer physical connectivity

Module 7: Storage

  • XenServer storage architecture

  • Understanding thick and thin provisioning

  • Storage locations

  • File based and block based storage

  • Storage multipathing

  • XenServer Intellicache

  • XenServer in-memory read caching

Module 8: High Availability

  • Purpose of high availability

  • High availability recommendations

  • Detecting a host failure

  • High availability recovery process

Module 9: Security

  • Integrating with Active Directory

  • Understanding role-based access

  • Minimizing the attack surface

  • Certificates and SSL with XenServer

Module 10: Sizing and Optimizations

  • Dom0 sizing

  • Dom0 in-memory reach caching

  • Virtual CPU optimization

  • Device pass-through

  • Dynamic memory control

  • Resource scheduling

  • Network QoS

  • Disk prioritization

Module 11: Troubleshooting

  • XenServer maintenance mode

  • Host logs and event notifications

  • Xsconsole

  • XenTop

  • Command line and PowerShell commands

  • Using Citrix Insight Services

  • Network tracing


Citrix recommends students prepare for this course by gaining a basic understanding of the following concepts and technologies:

  • A basic overall knowledge of virtualization technology

  • An understanding of computing architecture, including network and storage devices, device drivers and operating systems

  • Basic knowledge of network devices and site architecture, including configuring VLANs

  • Basic knowledge of storage terminology and technologies, including partitions, SANs, LUNs, iSCSI, NFS, and CIFS file shares


This course has pre-reading or other preparation requirements which should be completed before you commence your course with us.

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The supply of this course by DDLS is governed by the booking terms and conditions. Please read the terms and conditions carefully before enrolling in this course, as enrolment in the course is conditional on acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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