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Topic: Remote installation on Citrix XenServer Community Edition

I have a server running Citrix XenServer Community Edition VM's. I don't have access to the DVD drive since it is located in the data centre. I need to install the iRedOS remotely. How to do it? Please help!

Thanks in advance.

Yashodhan Joshi

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Re: Remote installation on Citrix XenServer Community Edition

Use an ISO image file?

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Re: Remote installation on Citrix XenServer Community Edition

mount the iso; serve the contents via http and do http installation.

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Re: Remote installation on Citrix XenServer Community Edition

ze wrote:

mount the iso; serve the contents via http and do http installation.

Thanks! but can you please give details of how to do it?

I was wondering if iRedOS is available as a network install repository? If yes please give me the URL and ip address of the server. Then I will be able to use the 'install from URL" option in XenCenter.

Thanks in advance

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Re: Remote installation on Citrix XenServer Community Edition

iRedOS can be used as a network installation repository, but we don't provide this in our server, sorry.

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Re: Remote installation on Citrix XenServer Community Edition

yyj wrote:

Thanks! but can you please give details of how to do it?

Here are the basic steps:

On a working web server:
1) get the iRedOS iso
2) mount -o loop <iRedOS.iso> <mount point>
3) ln -s <mount point> /var/www/html/iRedOS
4) test to see if you can see the iRedOS contents from a browser

You then can do install from URL with your xencenter.

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Re: Remote installation on Citrix XenServer Community Edition

I'm pretty sure you'll be disappointed by the results anyway. I spent some time making a few tests lately.

The iRedOS CD won't include a so called "paravirtualized" CentOS kernel. That's not a fault of iRedOS. The "paravirtualized" CentOS kernel is only shipped within its DVD version. Many distributions behave like that.

Basically, don't try to run a fully virtualized CentOS on the Xen Server. It won't make sense in any case. "Paravirtualized" is the way to go whenever possible.

Here's what I did. Grab the "Xen Center", the M$FT Windows client for Xen Server. Use the supplied templates within the program. There are CentOS V.5.3, V5.4 templates ready to go. The template process includes the possibility of remotely accessing file repositories. It's pretty straight forward for any "power user". Install only a bare, very minimal selection of CentOS initial packages; on V5.3 that means 172 packages I think. Complete installation.

Then access your new CentOS install via SSH. Follow all steps included in iRedMail script install guide.

That's pretty much it! Enjoy iRedMail!