Creating a Bootable CD of XenServer 6.2 using Mac OS X

My Colleague at work asked me to create a bootable CD of XenServer 6.2. So I thought I’d quickly throw together a tutorial on how to do this.

Step 1. Download the ISO from Xen website

In my case I’m using the 6.2 version release. but this process is good for burning any bootable ISO


Step 2. Convert from iso to a dmg/img

hdiutil convert -format UDRW -o xenserver6.2.img XenServer-6.2.0-install-cd.iso

Step 3. Locate USB device in my case it was /dev/disk2. My colleague was using xen 6.5 previously.

diskutil list

$ diskutil list
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *14.4 MB    disk1
   1:                  Apple_HFS MenuMeters 1.8.1        14.4 MB    disk1s1
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:                            XenServer-6.5.0        *62.0 GB    disk2

Step 4. unmount the USB disk

diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk2

Step 5. Create the USB image

sudo dd if=xenserver6.2.img.dmg of=/dev/disk2 bs=1m

563+1 records in
563+1 records out
590448640 bytes transferred in 186.928304 secs (3158690 bytes/sec)

Step 6. Eject USB device safely

diskutil eject /dev/disk2

Job done! You should now have a working bootable USB disk ISO for xen server 6.2 ready to install.

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