I found many of those changes (like XenServer being fully open source; inclusion of software maintenance; simple, single edition packaging; socket based perpetual and annual licensing; etc.) interesting and welcomed them with open arms. All but one:
This spelled the end of my automated protection days (once again, read more about it here). Luckily, I was still able to draw on my by-now-virtually-nonexistent Linux skills (yes, with a lot of help from plentiful online resources) to replace automation magic with scripting and scheduling.
In case someone else finds this helpful and to give credit where it's due, here's a collection of resources:
- Great post that provides step-by-step instructions and script samples for pretty much everything you are going to need to get started - http://www.charleslabri.com/back-up-xenserver-6-to-network-share-with-fancy-scripting-and-lots-of-fun-and-no-downtime/
- Email notifications required a quick modification of the "/etc/ssmtp/revaliases" file (a line similar to root:firstname.lastname@example.org:smtp.xyz.com); more details here
- To get things scheduled right refer to one of many resources that describe cron, for example this one
- To delete old backup files a quick refresher on the find command might be needed, check out the following reference or this two part article - part 1, part 2
- Finally, if you run Windows based VMs and want to use VSS (seems to work well under W2K8 not so much under W2012), you may want to look into running "C:\Program Files\Citrix\XenTools\install-XenProvider.cmd" to install VSS provider