Citrix XenCenter® is a Windows-based management tool for XenServer environments. XenCenter enables users to manage and monitor XenServer hosts and resource pools, and to deploy, monitor, manage and migrate virtual machines (VMs). Some of the features available in XenCenter include: VM lifecycle and resource pool management, dynamic memory and remote storage configuration, resource pool networking management, virtual machine protection and recovery, role based access controls, and system performance monitoring.
Licensing simplification: XenServer 6.2.0 replaces the previous XenServer Free, Advanced, Enterprise, and Platinum editions. Functionality previously available within premium versions of XenServer is now available free of charge. With this simplification, XenServer 6.2.0 introduces per-socket licensing. Licenses no longer enable specific XenServer features, instead they signify that a XenServer is under a valid support contract. XenServer 6.2.0 no longer requires a license server or license file to enable features, as all features are enabled for free in unlicensed mode. Licenses are only required to receive Citrix Support and to enable the use of XenCenter for the installation of security and feature hotfixes. Hotfixes can continue to be installed on unlicensed hosts using the xe command line interface.
Performance monitoring: The Performance tab in XenCenter provides real time monitoring of performance statistics across resource pools as well as graphical trending of virtual and physical machine performance. By default, graphs showing CPU, memory, network and disk I/O are included on the Performance tab, but you can add additional metrics, change the appearance of the existing graphs or create additional ones.
Support for alert severities: The System Alerts window in XenCenter displays alerts of various severities. Each alert has a corresponding severity level. You can modify these and optionally choose to receive an email when the alert is triggered. This enables customers to take appropriate action when alerts of particular severity levels are triggered. Customers can also apply filters to the alerts displayed on the System Alerts window.
Enhanced Guest OS support: VM templates are available for the newly supported Guest OS:
- Microsoft Windows 8
- Microsoft Windows Server 2012
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP2 (32/64-bit)
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.8, 5.9, 6.3, 6.4 (32/64-bit)
- Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL) 5.8, 5.9, 6.3, 6.4 (32/64-bit)
- CentOS 5.8, 5.9, 6.3, 6.4 (32/64-bit)
- Debian Wheezy (32/64-bit)
The topics in this section provide information about deploying, configuring, and using XenCenter to manage XenServer.