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Introducing XCP-ng

Would you like all the power of XenServer without limits, backed by the community? Discover XCP-ng project, and it's on the launchpad! You can now register here to stay tuned on what's next regarding XCP-ng! Since XenServer 7.3 was released, people using the free version were a bit disappointed:

Upgrade to XenServer 7.3

Our guide to upgrade to Citrix XenServer 7.3, from any older version!

Announcing the Availability of XenServer 7.3

We're pleased to announce the availability of XenServer 7.3, the latest Current Release (CR)! CRs Versus LTSRs XenServer 7.3 offers customers following the CR release track access to the latest product features designed to enhance application, desktop and server virtualization deployments. For customers running XenServer 7.2 (up until now the most recent CR), Citrix recommends upgrading to 7.3 at the earliest convenience to maintain support. For customers following the LTSR release track (starting with XenServer 7.1 LTSR), Citrix recommends reviewing the XenServer 7.3 release notes to determine if 7.3 would deliver additional benefits to their virtual environments. Note: The decision to embark on the CR...

XenServer 7.3

Discover what's new in the latest release of Citrix XenServer 7.3

XenServer 7.3: Changes to the Free Edition

Today we're pleased to announce the release of XenServer 7.3, which includes a raft of new features and improvements. Whilst you can read all about exactly what's in that release over on the release announcement blog, I wanted to provide clarity on the changes we're making to the Free Edition of XenServer as part of the release. As many of you will be aware, XenServer is available in three editions: Free, Standard, and Enterprise. All of them are installed from the same ISO, and all are equally open source. The Standard edition is almost identical to the Free edition in terms...

To be an encrypted ninja or not to be...

Its a debate whether or not foreign powers hacked into Hillary Clinton's private email servers. There is consensus however that the private email server was hacked though, and this is precisely how emails can easily get leaked. To solve this sort of problem you can either have Hilary and Hilary's friend's become ninjas at cryptography, have cryptography tools become mainstream and transparent, or have a middle ground solution somehow. For this year's 2017 Hackweek at SUSE and Aaron Swartz day I have worked on a middle ground solution as a proof of concept using GPG, forcing all incoming emails to...

XenServer VMs performance overview

Live XenServer VMs performance can be displayed in the home VM view, combined with our powerful search filter.

A Great Time to Take A Look at XenServer Enterprise!

Good afternoon everyone, As we make our way through the last quarter of the year, I wanted to remind the community of the significant progress the XenServer team has achieved over the last 18 months to make XenServer the awesome hypervisor that it is today! While many of you have been making the most of your free XenServer hypervisor, I would like to take this opportunity to review just a few of the new features introduced in the latest releases of the Enterprise edition - features that our customers have been using to optimize their application and desktop virtualization deployments. For starters, we've...

Introduction to Saving VM Parameters: How I Metadata Backup

XenServer Virtual Machines (VMs) certainly need no introduction, but even if you do not pardon the pun above, they still contain a lot of specialized and individualized information about their sizes, network connections, and myriad other settings that are generally not readily exposed, yet are integral to the operation and functionality of each VM. This blog entry is not intended to take a deep dive into the several hundred parameters that are defined for VMs, but rather just talk a bit about how to save, extract and potentially restore VM information based on them. VM Metadata Backups The purpose of backing up...

XSO DB for XS 7.1 Closing Down

Attention XenServer community: Please be advised that, in alignment with our goal of frequent releases and the XSO database supporting one active release to help resolve issues found in that release while simultaneously preparing for the next release, we are closing down the XSO database for 7.1 issues. As such, users are encouraged to move to XS 7.2 and raise any issues they encounter with that release here. Users who wish to remain on the Long-Term Support Release (LTSR) stream are encouraged to visit As always, thank you for your support. Andy