I’m often asked what a good cheap route is to make a home lab environment for Citrix Xenserver. One way that I’ve done it is to combine Xenserver with VMWare Workstation. You can install VMWare workstation on your desktop PC (Make sure to build the box with as much CPU and memory as you can afford), and deploy XenServer over the top. Once Xenserver is deployed, you have a good portable environment to test Xenserver GUI commands, practice creating VM’s, play with Xenserver VLAN and network functionality, and much more.
Here is a great video I found of someone building their XenServer lab over VMWare workstation as described above — enjoy!