Hotfix XS61E002 for XenServer 6.1.0

XenServer 6.1 is already up to it’s second hotfix. With the release just a month ago this is going really fast.

This hotfix has just 2 fixes it is making so here’s the long list :

  • Attempts to move a Virtual Machine (VM) or a Virtual Disk using XenCenter 6.1, may be unsuccessful and cause XenCenter to crash, with an error message: There has been an unexpected error.
  • Using non-root accounts in XenCenter 6.1 to perform operations such as starting a VM, on a host running XenServer 5.6.x or earlier, will display the No roles able to perform API call event.from error message and eventually cause XenCenter to crash.

You can download the hotfix from the Citrix website here.

Setting vDisk boot menu as a default option

A Provisioning Services vDisk boot menu appears when the user is starting a provisioned Virtual Machine, but what if you want to start the Virtual Machine unattended.

Caution! This fix requires you to edit the registry. Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Citrix cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk. Be sure to back up the registry before you edit it.”

  • Set the boot option as the first option in the start menu.
  • On all Provisioning Services servers, open the Registry Editor and browse to HKLMSoftwareCitrixProvisioningServices
  • Right-click Provisioning Services, click New, then DWORD Value “SkipBootMenu”.
  • Double-click the new DWORD and give it a Value data of 1 (a value of 0 will enable normal boot menu behavior).
  • Close Registry Editor.
  • Restart the Citrix Provisioning Services Stream Service on the Provisioning Services server(s).

View the original post here on the Citrix Knowledgebase.

XenServer 6.1 released

Citrix has released today a new version of it’s free hypervisor XenServer. Version 6.1 is now available for download on the Citrix website.

New Features and Improvements Since XenServer 6.0

XenServer 6.1.0 includes the following new features and ongoing improvements:

Storage XenMotion:

Storage XenMotion allows running VMs to be moved from one host to another. This includes the case where (a) VMs are not located on storage shared between the hosts and (b) hosts are not in the same resource pool. This enables system administrators to: Continue reading “XenServer 6.1 released”

Branch repeater 6.1 released to web

Citrix has released today version 6.1 of it’s Branch Repeater software.

The following enhancements are available in this release.

  • Repeater VPX is now supported on Microsoft’s Hyper-V hypervisor running under 64-bit Windows 2008 R2 SP1, in addition to XenServer and VMWare vSphere. The features and specifications of Repeater VPX under Hyper-V are the same as those under the other hypervisors. See chapter 7.
  • The Windows file system (CIFS) and Outlook/Exchange protocol (MAPI) are now supported with NTLM 2 and Kerberos encryption, allowing traffic on Windows domains running with the default security settings to be accelerated. Previously, only NTLM 1 encryption was supported, and NTLM 1 is not enabled by default in Windows domains. These features are available automatically whenever the appliances have joined a Windows domain and have designated a Kerberos delegate user. See section 4.19.
  • The Windows file system (CIFS) and Outlook/Exchange protocol (MAPI) now support encrypted traffic involving multiple domains, such as when the client is a member of example1.com and the server is a member of example2.com, provided that the appliance, the client, and the server are all members of domains that have established mutual trust. This feature is available automatically when the appliance has joined one of the mutually trusting domains. See section 4.19.
  • The Repeater Plug-in is now supported in release 6.1. Previously, it was supported only in release 5.x. New features include enhanced CIFS and MAPI support, matching those of the appliances, when appropriate security credentials are installed on the Plug-in. See chapter 6.
  • To reduce the resources used on routers supporting the appliance in WCCP mode, the WCCP “MASK” option now uses a single-bit mask. The previous multibit mask could reduce performance on routers and smart switches with limited resources. This behavior is automatic. See section 4.13.

The full release notes can be found here.

The Branch Repeater Appliance software release 6.1.0 can be downloaded from the download section at www.citrix.com.

The Branch Repeater VPX for XenServer, VMWare V-Sphere and Hyper-V can be downloaded here.

The Repeater plug-in can be downloaded directly here.

As usual all software listed above can only be downloaded with a valid MyCitrix ID in conjunction with a valid Branch Repeater licence.

Software Release Highlights in 6.1.0

In addition to the bug fixes, this software release includes the following enhancements:

  • Signed SMB2 support with Kerberos (supports NTLMv2)
  • Encrypted MAPI (with multi domain Support
  • Support for WCCP L2 with NSLB on all platforms (SDX and general BR appliances)
  • 6.1 Repeater Acceleration Plug-In
  • WCCP Mask enhancements to support low end routers
  • ShowTechSupport – Diagnostic Data Collections – Some UI enhancements
  • Branch Repeater VPX on Hyper-V
  • Customer Bug Fixes

 

Citrix PVS 6.1 HF1 (CPVS61E001) upgrade path

If you haven’t installed the latest hotfix for Citrix Provisioning Services 6.1 yet (be ashamed ). But not to worry when you are working with version 5.6 (or lower, again be ashamed…) you can upgrade your PVS server directly to PVS 6.1 with HF1. You do not need to install PVS 6.1 and then install HF1 over this installation. As the HF1 is a complete installation of your PVS software you can directly upgrade to this version.

For the target side you can install the target device software and copy a few files manually (when having the vDisk in maintenance mode) and your done.

You can read more about the patch here or see the installation step-by-step guide here.