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Installing XenServer 6.2 to my new Intel NUC was not so straight forward as thought.

The downloaded ISO (XenServer-6.2.0-install-cd.iso) I burned on my MacBook with Unetbootin onto a USB stick. Unfortunately this stick was not bootable at all. Not in the NUC and also not on the MacBook.

So I switched to my “Standby-Windows” on Bootcamp and made the next attempt with YUMI. Now XenServer booted but a few installation steps later it hanged with “failed to load com32 file mboot.c32”. There are some advices in the web to fix such errors by replacing that file with one from a running installation. Too complex for my aim.

But one of the hints gave me the idea, that another burning program can fix that issue. Under are some more burning tools listed and I gave Rufus a try. And bingo! – that burner created a bootable USB stick which let me complete the installation.

I used these parameters:


posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 6:14 PM


# re: Installing Citrix XenServer from bootable USB stick 5/19/2015 6:04 PM fazza
Can you give more details about the resources on the nuc, how much memory, harddrive etc. What is your experience been like using Xenserverm how many vm's are you running

# re: Installing Citrix XenServer from bootable USB stick 5/21/2015 10:09 PM Marko Apfel
My NUC got 16GB RAM and a 250GB SSD. It is more ore less a playground - running different Linux's and Win 10 Preview. Under Win is Handbrake installed to transcode videos. Probably it is not the best option to do that w/o the assistance of a GPU, but it works.
Having 5 OS's parallel started is not a problem.
I'm really happy with that setup.

# re: Installing Citrix XenServer from bootable USB stick 6/19/2015 5:16 AM bogart
have you tried assigning a gpu passthrough to the vm running handbrake?

# re: Installing Citrix XenServer from bootable USB stick 6/20/2015 7:33 PM Marko Apfel
No, I didn't. With the onboard GPU of the NUC my expectations are low, so spending effort in this had no value

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