Virtualization with Citrix Hypervisor for Administrators Training Course

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21 hours (usually 3 days including breaks)


  • An understanding of virtualization
  • Experience with system administration


  • System administrators
  • IT administrators


Citrix Hypervisor (formerly XenServer) is an open source virtualization management platform for desktop, servers, and cloud. It helps ensure consistent data center uptime and high availability by optimizing compute resources and virtual server workloads.

This instructor-led, live training (online or onsite) is aimed at sysadmins or IT administrators who wish to use Citrix Hypervisor to deploy, manage, and optimize data center virtualization across desktop, servers, and cloud.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Set up the necessary environment to start managing desktop, server, and cloud virtualization with Citrix Hypervisor.
  • Simplify virtualization management and operations by utilizing the full features and architecture of Citrix Hypervisor.
  • Configure and manage the Citrix Hypervisor environment using XenCenter and CLI commands.
  • Learn how to install, configure, and manage virtual machines, GPUs, and storage repositories.
  • Optimize the overall performance of Citrix Hypervisor pools by implementing high availability and workload balancing.

Format of the Course

  • Interactive lecture and discussion.
  • Lots of exercises and practice.
  • Hands-on implementation in a live-lab environment.

Course Customization Options

  • To request a customized training for this course, please contact us to arrange.

Course Outline


  • Citrix Hypervisor vs Red Hat Virtualization vs Hyper-V
  • Overview of Citrix Hypervisor features and architecture
  • Virtualization techniques and best practices

Getting Started

  • Understanding system requirements
  • Installing and configuring Citrix Hypervisor
  • Managing Citrix Hypervisor using XenCenter
  • Creating resource pools
  • Joining servers into a resource pool

Managing Users and Networking

  • Setting up users and groups
  • Configuring roles, permissions, and access controls
  • Modifying role-based access control using CLI commands
  • Setting up networks in a standalone server
  • Configuring networks in resource pools
  • Creating VLANs and NIC bonds

Managing Storage

  • Supported storage types
  • Implementing thin provisioning for GSF2 SR
  • Creating and managing storage repositories
  • Increasing LUN and relocating VDIs without downtime
  • Multipathing storage for Fibre Channel and iSCSI
  • Deploying IntelliCache for virtual desktops
  • Using in-memory read caching

Managing Virtual Machines

  • Installing GPUs (NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel)
  • Creating Windows and Linux VMs
  • Using VM templates and cloning images
  • Migrating VMs and virtual disks
  • Monitoring performance metrics
  • Enabling high availability features
  • Setting up disaster recovery and backup

Implementing Workload Balancing

  • Understanding requirements and basic tasks
  • Configuring and administering Workload Balancing
  • Configuring self-signed and CA certificates


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