I am new to XenServer and want to experiment with adding new virtual machines. I am running XenServer 6.1 and XenCenter. I have successfully created a new VM by burning a DVD and during the creation in XenCenter referring to the DVD by selecting 'DVD drive 0' under 'DVD drives on MyServer' under Installation Media, so I know I can create a virtual machine successfully.
I don't want to have to burn a CD/DVD each time I want to install another OS since I am going to be experimenting with a few different OSs. I would like to be able to install from either a USB flash drive or a new Storage Repository (SR).
So far I have read a lot documentation (both XenServer and Google) but I can't seem to find the answer to my question. I shared a folder on my windows box that contains the .iso and then tried creating a CIFS SR pointing to that network share, but even though it shows up in XenCenter once I am done creating it and see under status it says OK and Connected I can't use it. Under Installation Media when creating a new VM, I see it but there is nothing selectable under it (for instance, 'DVD drives on MyServer' exists and under that is 'DVD drive 0'. I can select this and this works).
I have also tried loading the .iso on a flash drive. I can see it under removable storage but cannot figure out how to reference it during a VM creation. Can anyone please tell me what I am doing wrong? It seems like it should be easy to install from a network folder or usb drive if I have the .iso