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Snippet: Adding ISOs to XenCenter

Last updated on January 4, 2010

Here’s just a reminder incase I forget/lose how to add ISO (DVD/CD images) to Citrix’s/XenSource’s XenCenter/Xen virtualisation software. Do NOT copy (from XenSource 5.0+ above) the ISOs to /opt/xensource/packages/iso as this directory is now reserved for “built-in ISO” images – you’ll need to follow these steps instead:


To use local ISO storage from the control domain
1. Log onto the host console.
2. Create a directory to copy the local ISOs into:
mkdir -p /var/opt/xen/iso_import
3. Create an ISO storage repository by:
xe sr-create name-label=isos type=iso device-config:location=/var/opt/xen/iso_import/ device-config:legacy_mode=true content-type=iso
4. Copy the ISO images into this directory, taking care not to fill up the control domain filesystem.
5. Verify that the ISO image is available for use by xe vdi-list, or checking the CD drop-down box in XenCenter.