How To: NetScaler 10.1 Deployment Part 1: Initial Config

NetScaler can be quite a daunting piece of technology to learn for the newcomer. Luckily, Citrix has constantly been revisiting the interface/config and with each new release the obstacles to deploy basic functionality have gotten smaller. A good load balancing solution is the backbone to any highly available Citrix deployment.

In the first of this 5 part series on setting up a NetScaler VPX 10.1 we will cover initial IP configuration, licensing, and interface config. For this “How To”, this will be a single arm deployment on an “internal” network and we will assume you are sufficiently knowledgeable to import a virtual appliance on your Hypervisor of choice. By the culmination of this series we will have load balanced XenApp XML, XenDesktop XML, StoreFront HTTP/S, DNS, LDAP, and Access Gateway.

If you would like to read the other parts in this article series please go to:

I urge you to set this up in your own lab, Citrix actually gives away a free edition of NetScaler called Express which is capped at 5Mb throughput.

Step 1.

Upon booting the NetScaler for the first time, once everything has loaded you will be prompted to enter the ipv4 address, net mask, and default gateway. Punch in your information and then select option 4 to save.

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Once everything has reset from the IP, the boot will finalize and you will be presented with a login prompt..dont login here though.

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Instead login here, open a web browser and browse to the IP you configured in step 1.

Default username and password on a net NetScaler install is nsroot / nsroot and you will want to select NetScaler ADC as the deployment type.

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The IP you entered in the console will be pre-populated, but you will need to enter the Subnet IP here along with your hostname and DNS server IP(s) and set your timezone then click continue.

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On this page you will upload (or activate online) your NetScaler license files, I’m using physical license files so I’ve uploaded them via a GUI prompt on this screen to the NS. Click done once your all finished.

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Now that all that is set, the NS needs to be bounced for everything to take effect. Click yes.

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Step 6

Give it about 30-60 second..run and grab a soda, then come back and “click here”.

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Ok lets setup our time. Expand “System” then “NTP Servers”. Click “Add”

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Enter your NTP server of choice (internal or external) and click “Create”.

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Step 9

Hit the “Action” Dropdown and select “NTP Synchronization”

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Step 10

Flip this to “Enabled” and click “OK”

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Step 11

Expand “System”, “Network”, “IPs”. You should see your NSIP and SNIP here, double-click the Subnet IP.

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Check “Enable Management Access control to support the below listed applications.” then click “OK”.

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Step 13

At this point, the basic configuration steps are done. Lets save our config. Top right-hand side of any screen you should see the little 3.5 diskette icon (don’t ask me why they chose that..fewer and fewer people even remember those today). Click it to save the running config then click “Yes” to confirm

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*UPDATE NOTE: Review this link for some additional configuration advice if applicable to you. CTX121149

We now have a NetScaler VPX, properly licensed (I hope), IP’d, subnet IP configured for management access, with NTP setup. In part 2 of the series we’ll configure our load balancing for DNS, LDAP, XenApp, and XenDesktop.

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