If you’re like me, you don’t have any shared storage so we need to utilise Windows File sharing in order to get our Virtual environment started.
So firstly, you will need to create a folder on your Desktop, or Laptop where you can store a Windows Server ISO.
You can get the Windows Server 2012 R2 Evaluation ISO from here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-2012-r2
I’ll assume you have an MS account and have downloaded this already. I’ll Also assume, you have access to XenCenter with your XenServer hosts already added. If you need help with either, please let me know.
Right click your ISO Folder and select Properties, change the view to Sharing.
Select Share. Then Share
XenServer will not be able to communicate with your Desktop or Laptop using the Hostname so make sure you have the IP address of you Desktop or Laptop before moving to the next step.
Secondly, In XenCenter, right click your host and select New SR (Storage Repository), Select Windows File Sharing (SMB/CIFS)
Give it a name:
Now put the path to your shared ISO folder as below:
And add the local user account for your desktop/laptop. If this is domain joined make sure you add the domain prefix before the username i.e. WIN\Administrator.
The SR should now show as a storage repository on your Host: