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XenServer Project “Coweley” Available for Download

Citrix has released a new update to XenServer version 5.6 named project "Cowley". Some of the new features in project "Cowley" include: Distributed Virtual Switching. This new capability provides distributed fine-grained networking configuration and control policies, which increases visibility into XenServer virtual networks. Support for the Open vSwitch (OVS) has been added as a post-install option on XenServer hosts, as well as a Controller for administration of multiple vSwitches and cross-host internal networks. The open vSwitch also includes support for jumbo frames configuration on storage networks. VM Protection & Recovery is used for configuring scheduled snapshots and (optional) export of virtual machines. Web Self-Service. Provides browser-based access to selected virtual machines by delegated administrators. Boot from SAN with multi-pathing support. Boot XenServer hosts with Fibre channel HBAs from a SAN, with multi-pathing support. HA Restart Priority. Configure HA policies to restart specific VM(s) first, such as StorageLink Gateway VMs or the Distributed vSwitch Controller VM. Improved XenDesktop VDI scalability. Increased host VM density and resource pool scalability, via multi-vCPU control domain (Dom0) and other enhancements. Enhanced XenCenter. Including StorageLink configuration entirely within XenCenter, workload reporting for VM utilization and chargeback. Improved MPP RDAC multi-pathing including path health reporting and alerting. Snapshot improvements. Automatic reclamation of storage space after VM snapshots have been deleted. Enhanced guest O

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