Adding an SSD Storage Device to Citrix XenServer
In the process of creating Virtual Machines (VMs) for labs for a customer, I needed to have 10VMs running at the same time. My XenServer host uses a 1.5TB local SATA drive for VM storage and an iSCSI storage server. I can’t use the storage server for these VMs as I will be taking my lab XenServer to the customer site and I don’t want to take two very heavy full tower servers. After getting the eighth VM running, my XenServer host was begging for mercy. The local SATA bus was being saturated with disk traffic. Since I need to have 10 VMs running I needed a solution fast. I ordered a Solid State Device (SSD) storage drive to put in the XenServer host. Since I am not a Linux geek, I decided to document what I had to do to make the SSD drive available for exclusive use by XenServer 5.6 SP2.