Home Server

A home server is the server which will provide the resources for a VM in a pool. When you nominate a home server for a VM, XenServer will always attempt to start up the VM on that server if it can; if this is not possible, then an alternate server within the same pool will be selected automatically.

  • To nominate a home server for the VM in the New VM wizard, click Place the VM on this server and select a server from the list.
  • If you do not want to nominate a home server, click Don’t assign this VM a home server : the VM will use the resources on the most suitable available server.

If you are creating a BIOS-customized VM, the OEM server from which you copy the BIOS strings will automatically be selected as the home server for the new VM.

You can change the home server configuration for a VM from the VM’s Properties dialog box; see Change VM properties.

Workload Balancing (WLB) and Virtual GPU considerations

The following section lists scenarios when the home server nomination will not take effect:

  • In pools with Workload Balancing (WLB) enabled, the nominated home server will not be used for starting, restarting, resuming, or migrating the VM. Instead, WLB nominates the best server for the VM by analyzing XenServer resource pool metrics and by recommending optimizations.
  • If a VM has a virtual GPU assigned to it, the home server nomination will not take effect. Instead, the server nomination will be based on the virtual GPU placement policy set by the user.
Home Server