Friday, July 26, 2013

Installation USB flash drive for XenServer and/or Xen Cloud Platform(XCP)

In a previous post presented the oMiCloud and promised to write some guides to help towards setup of such a lab.

Atlas  (i.e the machine with  XenServer in my home lab) is an Intel NUC DC3217IYE and has no CD or DVD drives but  only USB ones. Therefore for the installation of XenServer, a USB flash drive has been used. I have used a Corsair Voyager 16GB disk but any USB flash drive with space more than a gigabyte would be fine.

Bellow are the steps of one can create and installation USB.
  1. Format your thumb drive using FAT32
  2. Use UNetbootin to burn the XenServer or XCP iso to your USB drive.
  3. Open your thumbdrive
  4. Rename the file syslinux.cfg to syslinux.cfg.bak
  5. Rename the folder boot/isolinux to boot/syslinux
  6. Rename the file boot/syslinux/isolinux.cfg to boot/syslinux/syslinux.cfg
  7. Rename the file boot/syslinux/isolinux.bin to boot/syslinux/syslinux.bin
This has successfully worked with:

 XenServer, versions 6.0, 6.1 & 6.2.
 Xen Cloud Platform (XCP), versions  1.5  (beta) & 1.6.

NOTE for MacOSX users ...
  In the case of MacOSX  use "Disk Utility" to format your drive and create the required partition layout i.e set  "Partition Layout " to "1 Partition" and in the options do not forget to enable "Master Boot Record"

P.S 2  stay tuned in a next post I will go through the steps to install CloudStack management server.

Enjoy !!! 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Ioannis for the tutorial ! Exactly what I was looking for. I'll try the install tonight.
    Much appreciated !