OS Installation Media

The options for OS installation media available on the Installation Media page of the New VM wizard depend on the OS/template selected on the first page of the wizard.


Install from ISO library or DVD drive

Templates: Windows and Linux

Select Install from ISO library or DVD drive and then choose an ISO image or a DVD drive from the drop-down list.

If the ISO image you want to use is not listed here, you can click New ISO library and create a new ISO SR using the New Storage Repository wizard. After creating the new ISO SR, you will be able to select it from the list of available ISO libraries here.

Note that if there are no ISO images listed here, you will need to make the ISOs available to the server by creating an external NFS or SMB/CIFS share directory, as described in the XenServer Virtual Machine User’s Guide.

Boot from network

Templates: Windows

Select this option to use PXE/network booting for Windows and Other install media templates.

Selecting this option will place network at the top of the boot order for the new VM.

Install from URL

Templates: Linux

CentOS, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat Linux operating systems can be installed from a network install repository. Select Install from URL and enter a URL which must include the server IP address and the repository path in the following form:


For example: nfs:// , where is the IP of the NFS server and /SLES10 is the location of the install repository.

You can also optionally provide additional operating system boot parameters, if required.

OS Installation Media