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Old June 27, 2013, 11:27 AM
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XenServer 6.2 is now fully open source! | Citrix Blogs

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Old June 27, 2013, 01:03 PM
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Open Source yes, free no. There is still a licensing cost per CPU.
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Old June 27, 2013, 01:28 PM
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Open Source yes, free no. There is still a licensing cost per CPU.
Umm isn't opensource free?

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" XenCenter is included in all versions of XS6.2, free or paid. The only difference is with the paid version you can use XenCenter to do automatic, wizard driven updates, patches, etc. if you are using free XS, patches are installed via the command line/shell. Both include XC for overall management.
Hope that helps clear it up."

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Old June 27, 2013, 05:03 PM
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The way they wrote the blog post it made it seem they were going to have a licence per cpu as per

"New Simplified Packaging and Pricing"
[...] We’re also introducing annual pricing, giving customers more flexibility with their budgeting and buying decisions.

Annual – $500 per socket (License and Software Maintenance: SA and support)
Perpetual – $1250 per socket (License and Software Maintenance: SA and support) [...]


After reading a few other pages it appears there will be a "free" edition that will function the same as the paid version. I spoke too soon.


edit: "function" as in preform the same tasks, not update/be maintained the same way
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Old June 28, 2013, 03:07 AM
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As they stated.... Pretty much the same idea as red hat Linux. Free, but there's a paid version with support.
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Old June 28, 2013, 08:38 AM
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I also think that the Pay part means they will help you but ther free part ( like Linux) you can still get help but from the community and it is DIY
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Old June 28, 2013, 09:22 AM
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bingo Shadowmeph...

I wanna lab this over the weekend!
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Umm isn't opensource free?
Nope. Open source only means the source code is available. You're thinking of FLOSS: Free/Libre Open Source Software.
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Old July 4, 2013, 09:49 AM
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Hmm want to try and learn this but am not to clear of which one I can use for free lol
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Out of curiosity, has anyone here been running XenServer for a period of time?

I'm in my evaluation process at the moment considering replacing VmWare ESXi with XenServer for one or both of my home servers.

So far, these are some things I like about the free XenServer compared to free ESXi

1) mdadm providing some sort of software raid support.
Currently, both my Sun server and my other server's onboard raid implementations are not true hardware raid and will not work in "RAID" mode under any OS but windows. And without buying an overly expensive controller to raid 4 SSD's and keep trim support for a smallish home server, there's no way to raid them at all with ESXi, whether software or hardware. Maybe the licensed ESXI has some sort of software raid implementation, but that's beyond my knowledge. Though if I had the money, I'd much rather have a SAN shared between both hosts so I can setup proper failover but that's talking a lot of money for a home setup, which really isn't practical. So having mdadm in XenServer is a big plus.

2) no ram limit. I was not impressed when i realized I'd have to remove 32gb of ram from my dual xeon server in order to runvmware? +1 for XenServer

3) I find the management tool for XenServer much more responsive for some reason, it doesn't take 5 minutes to access the console of a system, I know I'm exagerrating a little here, but it seems like every click you make in the vmware client, it has to sit there and ponder on it, check if that's what it wants, think about it some more, and check again a few more times just to be sure as if it's windows installing updates

4) high availability failover. Not that I see myself using it without proper shared storage between the two hosts, but it's there should things change


Those are all selling features to me for switching, but I'm really wondering if anyone here has been using it for a little while because so far my ESXi hosts have been stable forever, and I'd like to keep things that way so I'm wondering if anyone has had any issues

The other I'm wondering about, if pci pass-through, from what I've been reading, it's been flaky at best until the recent 6.2 update, but it's apparently though, although it has to be configured via the shell, which is fine by me. just wondering if anyone here has successfully done it because my research is yielding mixed results. I unfortunately don't have spare hardware at the moment to actually test this particular functionality, I may have to go buy some I think

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