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Create XenServer USB Install

Installing XenServer 6.2.0 from a USB Stick

  • Download the XenServer 6.2.0 ISO image

  • Format a USB stick using FAT32.

  • Use unetbootin to install the ISO to the USB stick. Use the “DiskImage” option instead of the “Distribution” one, and point it right to the ISO file.

  • Now we need to fix up some boot stuff (All paths are relative to the root of the USB drive)

    • mv boot/isolinux/isolinux.cfg boot/isolinux/syslinux.cfg
    • mv boot/isolinux boot/syslinux
    • mv syslinux.cfg syslinux.cfg.bak
  • Unmount the USB drive and eject it.

  • Boot from the USB stick.

@numerick2010

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numerick2010 commented Aug 17, 2015

Hi

How I can use these commands ( mv) under windows. When I boot on, it ask me a root password...

Thanks

@ZioGuillo

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ZioGuillo commented Oct 16, 2015

to format on Mac

>sudo diskutil eraseDisk FAT32 DEMO MBRFormat /dev/diskN

where N is the number of the disk

@J2897

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J2897 commented Oct 27, 2015

On Windows, assuming your flash drive's letter is X...

ren "X:\boot\isolinux\isolinux.cfg" "syslinux.cfg"
ren "X:\boot\isolinux" "syslinux"
ren "X:\syslinux.cfg" "syslinux.cfg.bak"

Double-quotes are a good habit IMO. :)

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J2897 commented Oct 27, 2015

It didn't work for me with the XenServer-6.5.0-xenserver.org-install-cd.iso image, unfortunately...

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J2897 commented Oct 27, 2015

I've just had the exact same problem using the Universal USB Installer (Pendrivelinux). So it could be unique to my hardware as the MD5 sum is fine...

b6a5ce472a0010f5847669e624f06326 XenServer-6.5.0-xenserver.org-install-cd.iso
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J2897 commented Nov 4, 2015

My problem was that I used hard drives pulled from a FreeNAS box that were already formatted in an incompatible format as mentioned here. After I wiped the drives (just zeroing the MBR + partition table will do) everything went smoothly...

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdX bs=512 count=1
@bogste

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bogste commented Nov 15, 2015

I confirm that this strategy also works with XenServer version 6.5.0. Drive boots and installer works as expected.

@andrewmichaelsmith

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andrewmichaelsmith commented Dec 9, 2015

On 6.5 I get an error about missing config

@VinceVal

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VinceVal commented Dec 15, 2015

Just use Rufus:

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No need to monkey with SYSLINUX.

@smotti

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smotti commented Apr 14, 2016

Thanks VinceVal!

With Rufus it worked. But with the other approach it didn't even get to the bootloader.

@djalmacastro

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djalmacastro commented May 14, 2016

PERFECT!!! very very thanks.

@maximino

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maximino commented Sep 17, 2016

And I also confirm that this strategy works with XenServer version 7.0.0.

@NeilHanlon

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NeilHanlon commented Nov 10, 2016

Etcher (https://etcher.io) Is great and did the trick for me with a troublesome server.

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mmiat commented Dec 29, 2016

with YUMI I've tried to create a multiboot usb key, but xenserver 7 doesn't install, I've error:

Failed to load COM32 file mboot.c32

@facinup

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facinup commented Nov 3, 2017

With YUMI 2.0.4.6, unlisted ISO (GRUP Partition 4) works.
XenServer 7.0.0

@jrab66

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jrab66 commented Feb 13, 2018

already reinstalling server using rufus v2.18.1213 in my KVM windows 7 machine.

the others alternatives does not work in my case.

@wandersonnnn

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wandersonnnn commented Feb 20, 2018

@VinceVal, thanks for your help. The Rufus solution has been worked for me!!!

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