quickly make xva file from a live running image.

#take a snapshot
xe vm-snapshot new-name-label= vm=

#convert back to a vm
xe template-param-set is-a-template=false uuid=

#export
xe vm-export vm=(newname) filename=

#cleanup-snapshot
xe vm-uninstall uuid=

from: http://serverfault.com/questions/489184/export-xenserver-snapshot-as-file-via-console

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