Add a server

To monitor and manage activities on a server from XenCenter, first identify the server as a managed resource. When you first connect to a server, the server appears in the Resources pane on the left of the XenCenter window. The default storage repository for the server (if configured) and any physical CD or DVD drives on the server can also appear here. A managed server can then be disconnected, reconnected, shut down or put into maintenance mode. It remains accessible from the Resources pane until you remove it from XenCenter.

The first time you connect to a server using XenCenter, the Save and Restore Connection State dialog box appears. By using this dialog, you can set your preferences for storing connection information and restoring server connections at the start of each XenCenter session. For more information, see Store Your Server Connection State.

To add a server to XenCenter

  1. Click Add New Server. Alternatively:
    • On the Server menu, click Add.
    • In the Resources pane, select the top-level XenCenter entry, right-click and then click Add on the shortcut menu.
    • On the XenCenter Home page, click the Add New Server button:
  2. Enter the IP address or DNS name of the server you want to add in the Server box. For example: or server.example.com.


    You can add multiple servers with the same login credentials by entering the names or IP addresses separated by semicolons in the Server box.

  3. Type the user name and the password set up during XenServer installation. If Active Directory (AD) authorization has been enabled in your XenServer environment, you can enter your AD credentials here. For more information, see RBAC overview.
  4. Click Add. A connection progress monitor is displayed: to cancel the connection, click Cancel.

Security Certificates

You can configure XenCenter to display a warning message whenever it finds a new or modified TLS security certificate while connecting to a managed server. Click View Certificate to view the security certificate. To prevent TLS certificate warnings from being generated, use the Security Settings tab in the XenCenter Options dialog box.

Add a server