Citrix XenServer & command-line management

Command-line management

Citrix XenServer provides a command-line interface for managing hosts in the XenServer environment without the need for a graphical interface. Using the command-line similar to ESXi / Hyper-v is the ideal mechanism for automating XenServer management and handling day-to-day configuration tasks. The following command lines are available:

  • The host command line: The command line on a host can be accessed from either the Console tab of the XenServer host in Citrix XenCenter or from the physical console of the server
  • The SSH command line: The command line can be accessed remotely via SSH using a tool such as putty etc, enabled by default, on Citrix XenServer host interestingly, a little different from ESXi
  • The XE command: The XE command can be run from the command line of any machine that has Citrix XenCenter installed on it as well as the XenServer host itself.

The following directories contain the XE command that is installed along with Citrix XenCenter:

  • 32 bit: C:\Program Files\Citrix\XenCenter
  • 64 bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\Citrix\XenCenter
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