Creating Citrix XenServer storage repositories

For Citrix XenServer virtual machines, you can create virtual hard disks (VHD files). For XenServer hypervisors, you can create storage repositories. Before adding a virtual disk to a virtual machine running on a XenServer, install xs-tools on that virtual machine.

To create a XenServer storage repository:

  1. In the left pane of the ESI window, select Hypervisors.

  2. Click Storage Repositories from the center pane, and then select a XenServer hypervisor.

  3. Or

    From the left pane, select a XenServer hypervisor.

  4. From the Actions pane, click Create Storage Repository.

  5. The Create Storage Repository wizard appears.

  1. Select a storage system for the repository, and then click Next.

  1. In the Storage Pool page, select a storage pool, and then click Next.

  2. In the New LUN page, set the following values for the new LUN, and then click Next.




Name of the disk


Description of the disk


Size and unit of measurement for the disk

Service Node

Storage processor that hosts the disk

Provision Type

Select either Thick or Thin

(The Thin option is not available if the selected pool does not support thin LUNs.)

Note: Each LUN is assigned an active service node. Each service node can have multiple ports. If the port is iSCSI, XenServer creates a software iSCSI storage repository. FC is not supported for XenServer. 

  1. In the Storage Repository Settings page, set the following values for the new storage repository, and then click Next.




Name for the storage repository


Description for the storage repository

Note: You can instead select Auto-generate description to automatically create a description based on the name.


Active port for the storage repository

  1. In the Review Input Parameters page, review the settings, and then click Next to confirm them.

  2. In the Progress page, click Next.

Note: Click More Information for more progress details. If a problem occurs while you are creating a storage repository, an error message appears along with options to resume or roll back the process. After you resolve the error, click Resume to resume the process. Click Rollback to revert to the previously executed step.

  1. In the Summary page, click Finish.

  2. The storage repository appears in the list of storage repositories in the center pane.


Related links


 Removing Citrix XenServer storage repositories

 ESI overview

 Forgetting Citrix XenServer storage repositories

 Home window

 Adding hypervisor servers


 Deleting hypervisor servers


 Viewing hypervisor datastores


 Viewing hypervisor virtual machines