This page describes the fist boot setup for a Citrix XenServer Dell Edition host. After you power on your server, Citrix XenServer Dell Edition will automatically boot from the internal flash storage in the server. Once booted, you will see the XenServer local console menu. The XenServer local console provides a range of management and configuration options for the XenServer host.

1. Read through the system’s Rack Install Guide and Getting Started Guide before proceeding to rack the server. See Figure 1. Figure 1









2. Connect the network cables to the appropriate NIC connectors. Figure 2 shows sample network configuration.

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3. Power on the server. Citrix XenServer boots automatically. Once booted, the XenServer local console menu is displayed. The XenServer local console menu provides a range of management and configuration options for the XenServer host. Change the root password when prompted, as illustrated in Figure 3.

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4. If you have connected Gb1 port, the XenServer management interface is configured on Gb1 with DHCP settings by default. (Refer to http://www.delltechcenter.com/page/NIC+Enumeration for more information on NIC enumeration in XenServer Dell Edition.) Dell recommends using a static IP address and the physical interface as per your network environment. Go to Network and Management Interface->Configure Management Interface. Select the physical network interface you plan to use to manage XenServer. Provide a valid IP address, netmask, gateway and hostname for management interface, as illustrated in Figure 4.

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5. XenCenter uses free-form names to refer to XenServer hosts. It is recommended that you copy the hostname set in step 4 to the XenCenter name for the XenServer host. See Figure 5.

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6. On the Network and Management Interface screen, select Add/Remove DNS Server and add valid DNS server(s), as illustrated in Figure 6. Select Network Time (NTP) and configure your XenServer host to synchronize with a NTP server(s) in your network (if available).

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7. Download the XenCenter software from the “Technical Support” section at http://www.dell.com/xenserver. Install XenCenter on the management station you plan to use to manage your XenServer host(s). See Figure 7.

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8. On the management station, start the XenCenter application. In the XenCenter wizard, select ‘Add New Server’, provide the hostname/IP address and login information (configured in step 3) for your XenServer host and click Connect. You are now ready to start managing your XenServer host using XenCenter, as illustrated in Figure 8. For more information on advanced setup procedures, refer to product documentation available under “Technical Support” section at http://www.dell.com/xenserver.

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9. If you purchased Citrix XenServer Dell Enterprise Edition, you must redeem the activation code from the license card you received with your server. Please visit www.citrix.com/xenserver/dell (registration may be required) and redeem your authorization code(s) for Enterprise license files. You may apply your Enterprise license file(s) by using the XenServer local console or XenCenter. To apply the file in the local console, see "Install XenServer License" on page 79. To apply the file in XenCenter, highlight the host, click the Server drop-down menu, click Install License Key, and then select the file.