Welcome to Citrix XenServer ® 5.6 Service Pack 2

Thank you for using Citrix XenServer. This page offers links to the product documentation and other useful resources for this release. Note that documentation may be updated or changed after the initial product release. To access the most up-to-date product documentation for every Citrix product, go to Citrix Product Documentation.

Documentation for Citrix XenServer 5.6 SP2

The following resources make up the main product documentation for this release. For additional XenServer resources, see the comprehensive Citrix Product Documentation.

Citrix XenServer 5.6 SP2 Quick Start Guide
  • Installation and configuration essentials to get XenServer and its graphical, Windows-based user interface, XenCenter, up and running
Citrix XenServer 5.6 SP2 Installation Guide
  • Comprehensive instructions for installing XenServer and XenCenter, including descriptions of select deployment scenarios
  • Information about updating, upgrading and licensing XenServer
Citrix XenServer 5.6 SP2 Administrator's Guide
  • For system administrators, an in-depth description of tasks involved in configuring a XenServer deployment -- in particular how to set up storage, networking and resource pools, and how to administer XenServer hosts using the xe Command Line Interface
  • Conceptual information about XenServer and its features
Citrix XenServer 5.6 SP2 Virtual Machine Installation Guide
  • Guide to creating and updating Windows and Linux Virtual Machines, including creating VMs from templates
  • Instructions for importing and exporting VMs as appliances
Citrix XenServer 5.6 SP2 Release Notes
  • List of known issues for this release
Citrix XenServer 5.6 SP2 Software Development Kit Guide
  • For developers, information needed to understand the Software Deverlopment Kit that XenServer provides and how to quickly get off the ground
  • Architectural background and concepts that underpin the XenServer API and the tools provided
Citrix XenServer 5.6 SP2 Supplemental Packs and the DDK
  • Guide to understanding, creating and installing supplemental packs, which are used to modify and extend the fuctionality of a XenServer host, by installing software into the control domain
  • Instructions for creating supplemental packs using the XenServer Driver Development Kit (DDK), which is extended to not only create packs containing drivers only, but also those containing userspace software to be installed into the control domain

The XenCenter Help is also a resource for learning to administer XenServer through XenCenter. In XenCenter, you can display the Help at any time by pressing F1.


XenServer 5.6 SP2 Advanced Edition or higher requires a Citrix License Server (11.6 or higher). To license these editions, you must configure a Citrix Licensing Server and then update the licensing settings for each XenServer host.

XenServer Components

The following components are included with Enterprise and Platinum editions of XenServer 5.6 SP2. For information about upgrading to a higher edition, click here.*


Citrix StorageLink Installation Guide Version 2.4

Citrix StorageLink User Guide Version 2.4

Citrix StorageLink PowerShell Guide Version 2.4

Citrix StorageLink Release Notes Version 2.4

  • StorageLink lets you access the full feature sets of supported storage systems through a single interface, simplifying storage management and deployment of VMs.

Provisioning Services

Citrix Provisioning Services 5.6 Documentation

  • Provisioning Services virtualizes then streams datacenter workloads (server, operating system, applications and configuration settings), allowing physical or virtual servers to be provisioned and re-provisioned in real-time from a single shared virtual disk image.

Workload Balancing

Citrix XenServer Workload Balancing Installation Guide 2.1

Citrix XenServer Workload Balancing Administrator's Guide 2.1

Readme for Citrix XenServer Workload Balancing 2.1

  • Workload Balancing evaluates Virtual Machine (VM) workloads and can relocate VMs so as to run on the optimum hosts in the pool for their resource utilization.
  • Workload Balancing can also power off underutilized hosts and power them on again when the workloads require additional resources.
  • Workload Balancing reports workload performance in your XenServer environment.

Lab Manager

Citrix Lab Manager 3.6 SP 1 Installation Guide*

  • Lab Manager helps software developers and testers create a comprehensive configuration library of build, test, and pre-production environments.
  • Lab Manager automates lab setup by providing a central repository of VM configurations, operating system images, software packages, and user scripts.
  • Lab Manager automatically allocates infrastructure, provisions operating systems, sets up software packages, installs development and testing tools and downloads the required scripts and data to execute an automated or manual test job.

Workflow Studio

See the Citrix eDocs

  • Workflow Studio provides a graphical interface for composing workflows that eliminates scripting and lets you easily tie technology components together via workflows.
  • Workflow Studio natively supports Citrix products including XenApp, XenDesktop, XenServer and NetScaler.

*Citrix strongly recommends checking the Citrix Knowledge Center for the documentation associated with the product version compatible with XenServer 5.6 SP2.

For additional information about XenServer and product editions, see the Citrix Website.

Other Resources

Citrix Developer Network


Training and Education

Knowledge Center

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