Configuring disaster recovery


XenCenter 2023.x.x is currently in preview and is not supported for production use. Note that any future references to production support apply only when XenCenter 2023.x.x and XenServer 8 go from preview status to general availability.

You can use XenCenter 2023.x.x to manage your XenServer 8 and Citrix Hypervisor 8.2 CU1 non-production environments. However, to manage your Citrix Hypervisor 8.2 CU1 production environment, use XenCenter 8.2.7. For more information, see the XenCenter 8.2.7 documentation.

You can install XenCenter 8.2.7 and XenCenter 2023.x.x on the same system. Installing XenCenter 2023.x.x does not overwrite your XenCenter 8.2.7 installation.

Use the XenCenter Configure DR dialog box to choose the storage repositories (SRs) to store the metadata for a pool. This metadata includes configuration information about all the VMs and vApps in the pool. Pool metadata is updated whenever you change the VM or vApp configuration.


XenServer DR supports only LVM over HBA or LVM over iSCSI storage types.

To configure disaster recovery on the primary pool:

  1. On your primary site, select the pool that you want to protect.
  2. On the Pool menu, choose Disaster Recovery and click Configure.
  3. Select up to eight SRs where the pool metadata is stored. A small amount of space is required on this storage for a new LUN which contains the pool recovery information.
  4. Click OK.


To configure your DR environment fully, replicate the SRs that contain the pool metadata and VM virtual disks from your production environment to a backup environment. Storage replication cannot be configured from within XenCenter. Use your storage solution to handle storage replication, for example using mirroring. The replication varies from device to device.

Configuring disaster recovery

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