How to Update Citrix XenServer from XenCenter

June 25, 2018
How to Update Citrix XenServer from XenCenter

“How to Update Citrix XenServer from XenCenter” covers the entire process of updating a Citrix XenServer installation from Citrix XenCenter, the client application used to connect to XenServer from a Windows machine. When Citrix pushes an update or security fix for XenServer, these updates are incredibly simple to apply by using XenCenter. Before proceeding with this tutorial, ensure that your virtual machines have been shut down, or that your XenServer has been placed into Maintenance Mode.

1. Launch Citrix XenCenter and connect to your XenServer installation. If there is an update available, you will see a red notification with a number inside next to the Notifications button on the bottom left of the application window.

How to Update Citrix XenServer from XenCenter

2. Click on the Notifications button, then select Updates from the pane at the top left of the application window. You will see the updates that are available in the pane on the right.

How to Update Citrix XenServer from XenCenter

3. You can view the details of the update by clicking on the triangle at the left of the available update and expanding the row. As we can see from the image below, this update is a 7.2 MB security update.

How to Update Citrix XenServer from XenCenter

4. To begin downloading and installing the update, click on the triangle to the right of the Dismiss button in the Actions columns. This will present a dropdown menu. From the dropdown menu, choose Download and Install.

How to Update Citrix XenServer from XenCenter

5. A pop up will appear and ask which server you want to update. Select the servers you want to update and click the Next button on the bottom of the pop up.

How to Update Citrix XenServer from XenCenter

6. The update will take a moment to download. You can monitor the progress of the download from the pop up’s status bar.

How to Update Citrix XenServer from XenCenter

7. When the update download completes, you will receive a success message in the pop up like this:

How to Update Citrix XenServer from XenCenter

Click the Next button to continue.

8. Citrix XenServer will then begin performing pre-checks to ensure that no damage befalls your virtual machines and that everything else is ready for installation of the update.

How to Update Citrix XenServer from XenCenter

9. A successful pre-check will result in success messages like in the image below. Click the Next button to continue.

How to Update Citrix XenServer from XenCenter

10. In this step, ensure that the option that reads, “Allow XenCenter to carry out the post-update tasks as soon as the update has been applied.” is checked, then click the Install update button at the bottom the the pop up.

How to Update Citrix XenServer from XenCenter

11. Citrix XenServer will begin installing the update. When the update has been installed, XenServer will reboot to apply the changes. Connection to XenServer from XenCenter will be momentarily interrupted, but XenCenter will attempt to reconnect to XenServer every 120 seconds until reconnected.

How to Update Citrix XenServer from XenCenter

12. When the reboot completes and XenCenter reconnects to XenServer, you will receive a success message like in the image below.

How to Update Citrix XenServer from XenCenter

13. It is now safe to close the pop up. Click the Finish button at the bottom of the pop up window to close it.

How to Update Citrix XenServer from XenCenter

That’s all there is to downloading and installing an update for Citrix XenServer from XenCenter. Restart your virtual machines and return to computing as normal!