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We are planning to perform an Rolling Pool Upgrade using the "automatic method" described in the Citrix XenServer ® 6.1.0 Installation Guide (at http://support.citrix.com/servlet/KbServlet/download/32308-102-691301/installation.pdf)

In order to use the "Automatic Mode" (to avoid installing with media at each host), we attempted to set up a local HTTP repository (or mirror) with the contents of the ISO. We chose this method because we have no NFS or FTP services in place, currently.

Because it was handy, I added a virtual directory (named "media") to an existing IIS web instance and enabled Directory Browsing (mostly for troubleshooting). Then I extracted the ISO into a sub-directory (named "xenserver-6.1") and verified the directory listing matched the contents of the ISO.

At this point I thought I was ready and I performed a test install using HTTP as the method and the address ("http://servername/media/xenserver-6/1"). When this test failed, I began researching the required contents of the directory and several other theories.

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The root problem ended up being unspecified MIME Type entries required for IIS to serve the contents of this directory. You can read more about this problem here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326965

To solve the problem, I added a "*" entry using the "application/octet-stream" MIME Type in the configuration of the virtual directory.

Credit to "Don Nelson" in this thread for pointing out the solution: https://forums.citrix.com/message.jspa?messageID=1604878

Note: Several hours were spent on this solution, mostly with research and troubleshooting. I have added this question (with an answer) to hopefully make this easier on the next person.

Note: Based on the nature of XenServer, I assume this "fix" may apply to other Linux-based installs.

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