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How to Apply Updates through Command Line Interface (CLI) on Citrix XenServer 6.x



Article Summary: This article provides information on how to apply updates through command line interface (CLI) on Citrix XenServer 6.x.


  • Ensure you have a valid and tested backup of your host
  • If the host belongs to a pool, ensure you update the master host first
  • Download and unzip the hotfix on your workstation
  • Use your host console or SSH :
    • Live migrate all VMs off host or ensure all VMs are powered off on host :
      • # xe host-evacuate
    • If host belongs to a pool, disable HA on the pool :
    • # xe pool-ha-disable
    • # xe host-disable
    • # mkdir /root/backupdatabase
    • # xe pool-dump-database file-name=/root/backupdatabase/olddatabase
    • # mkdir /root/updates
    • Put host in maintenance mode :
    • Backup pool database :
    • Prepare for updates :
  • Transfer the .xsupdate and the .tar.gz2 files using SCP from your workstation to the '/root/updates' directory on the server
  • Apply updates via host console or SSH :
  • # xe patch-upload file-name=/root/updates/<hotfixfilename.xsupdate>
  • A UUID for the patch will be displayed
  • Notate the UUID
  • # xe patch-apply uuid=<UUID>
  • # xe patch-list
  • # reboot
  • Verify patch installation :
  • Reboot server :
Note: Citrix advises against running pools in mixed mode where you have hosts running multiple versions of XenServer. Best practice is to not leave your pools in mixed mode for any longer than necessary.




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Article ID: SLN283551

Last Date Modified: 10/06/2014 01:34 PM


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