Product Documentation

Changing Server Properties

Apr 24, 2013

Select any connected server in the Resources pane and click on the General tab to see its properties and current status. You can Changing server properties by clicking Properties on the General tab.

General properties - Name, Description, Folder and Tags

You can change the name, description, folder, and tags for a server on the General Properties tab of the server's Properties dialog box.

  • To change the server's name, enter a new name in the Name box.
  • To change its description, enter new text in the Description box.
  • To place the server in a folder or to move it to a different folder, click Change in the Folder box and select a folder. See Using folders for more information about using folders.
  • To tag and untag the server and to create and delete tags, see Using tags.

iSCSI IQN (General tab)

The server's iSCSI IQN is used to uniquely identify it when connecting to iSCSI storage repositories (SRs). XenServer hosts support a single iSCSI initiator which is automatically created and configured with a random IQN during host installation. The single initiator can be used to connect to multiple iSCSI targets (SRs) concurrently. For more detailed information about XenServer support for iSCSI storage, see the XenServer Administrator's Guide.

Important: The iSCSI target (SR) and all servers in the pool must have different IQNs set. If a non-unique IQN identifier is used, data corruption can occur and/or access to the target may be denied.

To change the iSCSI IQN value for a managed server

Note: Before changing a server's iSCSI IQN value, all existing SRs must be detached. Note also that changing the server IQN may make it impossible for the server to connect to new or existing SRs unless the storage target is updated appropriately.
  1. Select the server in the Resources pane, click on the General tab, and then click Properties.
  2. On the General tab in the Properties dialog box, enter the new value in the iSCSI IQN box.
  3. Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog box.

Custom Fields

Custom fields allow you to add information to managed resources to make it easier to search and organize them. See Using custom fields to find out how to assign custom fields to your managed resources.


Use this tab to configure performance alerts for the server's CPU, memory usage, and network activity. For more information, see Configuring performance alerts.

Email Options (standalone servers)

Use this tab to configure email notification for system alerts generated on a standalone server. For servers in a pool, this feature is configured at pool level. See XenCenter System Alerts for details about how to set up alert email notification.

StorageLink Gateway (standalone XenServer 5.6 FP1 servers only)

If you are using a StorageLink Gateway (CSLG) service to access different storage arrays from a standalone XenServer version 5.6 Feature Pack 1 server, you can change the CSLG server details and test the connection to it on this tab. If you if are using the same CSLG server to provide storage for several different pools or standalone servers, select Use these StorageLink Server credentials for all pools and standalone servers to use the same CSLG credentials everywhere.

For XenServer version 5.6 Feature Pack 1 servers in a pool, StorageLink Gateway storage features are configured at pool level (Pool > Properties).


Dynamic storage multipathing support is available for Fibre Channel and iSCSI storage repositories, and can be enabled via the Multipathing tab on the server's Properties dialog.

See Storage Multipathing for information about enabling and disabling multipathing.

Power On (standalone servers)

Use this tab to configure the XenServer Host Power On feature, allowing managed servers to be powered on remotely. For more information about configuring this feature, see Configuring Host Power On. For servers in a pool, this feature is configured at pool level.

Log Destination

XenServer system log messages may be stored locally on the server itself or on a remote server.

The remote server must be running a syslogd daemon in order to receive the logs and aggregate them correctly. The syslog daemon is a standard part of all flavors of Linux and Unix, and third-party versions are available for Windows and other operating systems. The remote server should also be configured to allow remote connections from the hosts in the pool, and have its firewall configured appropriately.

To view or change the XenServer log destination

  1. Select the server in the Resources pane, click on the General tab, and then click Properties.
  2. Click on the Log Destination tab in the Properties dialog box and then:
    • To store XenServer log message locally, click Local.
    • To store XenServer log messages on a different server, click Remote and enter the pathname name.
  3. Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog box.