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How to install XenServer Tools

XenServer Tools provides high performance Windows drivers and a management agent, attractive disk and network performance for XenServer VMs. XenServer Tools must be installed for each virtual machine (Windows and Linux) in order to be able to use the xe CLI (command line interface) or XenCenter, and virtual machine performance will be extensively lowered unless the tools are installed. Without xen server tools you will not able to perform below task on :
Safely shut down, reboot or suspend a VM.
View VM performance data in XenCenter.
Migrate a running VM (via XenMotion).
Create snapshots or snapshots with memory or revert to snapshots.
Amend the number of vCPUs on a running Linux virtual machine (Windows virtual machines require a reboot for this to take effect).

Note :: Before start the installation process we strongly recommend to take complete backup of any useful and necessary data.

Install XenServer Tools on Windows Virtual Machines
1. Choose the VM in the Resources panel and right-click, hen click Install XenServer Tools on the shortcut menu. On the other hand, on the Virtual Machine menu, click Install XenServer Tools.
2. Click Install XenServer Tools on the message dialog to go to the VM’s console and start the installation.
3. If Autoplay is enabled for the Virtual Machine’s CD drive, installation will be started automatically after a few moments.
4. Follow the on-screen directives, and reboot the VM when prompted.
Install Xenserver Tools on Linux Virtual Machiness
1. Logged into Xenserver and click on VM as Below.
2. Click Install XenServer Tools on the message dialog to go to the VM’s console.
3. As the root user, mount the xen tool image into the VM:

root@linuxpcfix [~]#mount /dev/xvdd /mnt or mount /dev/cdrom /mnt

4. Then Execute installation command as below:

root@linuxpcfix [~]#/mnt/Linux/install.sh

Then reboot the virtual machine.
Note: Running a VM without installing the XenServer Tools is not a supported configuration.
That’s it.


I am founder and webmaster of www.linuxpcfix.com and working as a Sr. Linux Administrator (Expertise on Linux/Unix & Cloud Server) and have been in the industry from last 7 years.

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