Product Documentation

Provisioning NetScaler Instances on NetScaler SDX Platform

May 27, 2014

Using Command Center you can provision one or more NetScaler instances on NetScaler SDX device and begin managing the NetScaler VPX devices. The number of instances that you can provision depends on type of NetScaler SDX device license.

To provision NetScaler instance on a NetScaler SDX device, first add the NetScaler SDX device and set it for discovery. After the NetScaler SDX device is discovered, you can provision the NetScaler instance on the NetScaler SDX device from the Command Center client. Command Center provisions the NetScaler instances on the NetScaler SDX device, and then discovers the NetScaler instances as NetScaler VPX devices in Command Center for monitoring and management.

Important: Before you begin provisioning the NetScaler instances, make sure that the .xva image file is uploaded and the admin profile is created on the NetScaler SDX device. Also, view the Device Properties page to check the # Maximum NetScaler Instances property and # Available NetScaler Instances property, to ensure that you do not exceed the maximum number of NetScaler instances that can be provisioned for that NetScaler SDX device.
Note: Provisioning is not enabled for NetScaler SDX Platform models 19555, 17555, 11505, and 13505.
When you provision NetScaler instance from Command Center, you need to provide values for the following parameters.
  • Name: The host name assigned to the NetScaler instance.
  • IP address: The NetScaler IP (NSIP) address at which you access a NetScaler instance for management purposes. A NetScaler instance can have only one NSIP. You cannot remove an NSIP address.
  • Netmask: The subnet mask associated with the NSIP address.
  • Gateway: The default gateway that you must add on the NetScaler instance if you want access through SSH or the configuration utility from an administrative workstation or laptop that is on a different network.
  • #SSL Cores: The number of SSL cores you want to assign to a NetScaler instance.
  • XVA File: The .xva image file that you need to provision.
  • CPU: Assign a dedicated core or cores to the instance or the instance shares a core with other instance(s).
  • Feature License: Specifies the license you have procured for the NetScaler. The license could be Standard, Enterprise, and Platinum.
  • Admin Profile: The profile you want to attach to the NetScaler instance. This profile specifies the user credentials used by Management Service VM and to communicate with the instance to retrieve configuration data.
  • User Name: The root user name for NetScaler instance administrator.
  • Password: The password for the root user.
  • Shell/Sftp/Scp Access: The access allowed to the NetScaler instance administrator.
  • Total Memory (MB): The total memory allocated to the NetScaler instance.
  • Throughput (Mbps): The total throughput allocated to the NetScaler instance. The total used throughput should be less than or equal to the maximum throughput allocated in the SDX license. If the administrator has already allocated full throughput to multiple instances, no further throughput can be assigned to any new instance.
  • Packets per second: The total number of packets received on the interface every second.
  • Interfaces: Bind the selected interfaces to the NSVLAN. This specifies the network interfaces assigned to a NetScaler instance. You can assign interfaces to an instance. For each interface, you can specify a VLAN ID. This is the network interface that is a tagged member of a VLAN.
    • If a non-zero VLAN ID is specified for a NetScaler instance interface, all the packets transmitted from the NetScaler instance through that interface will be tagged with the specified VLAN ID. If you want incoming packets meant for the NetScaler instance that you are configuring to be forwarded to the instance through a particular interface, you must tag that interface with the VLAN ID you want and ensure that the incoming packets specify the same VLAN ID.
    • For an interface to receive packets with several VLAN tags, you must specify a VLAN ID of 0 for the interface, and you must specify the required VLAN IDs for the NetScaler instance interface.
  • VLAN ID: An integer that uniquely identifies the VLAN. Minimum value: 2. Maximum value: 4095.
  • NSVLAN: A VLAN to which the subnet of the NetScaler management IP (NSIP) address is bound.
  • VRID IPV4: The IPv4 VRID that identifies the VMAC. Possible values: 1 to 255.
  • VRID IPV6: The IPv6 VRID that identifies the VMAC. Possible values: 1 to 255.
  • Tagged: Designate all interfaces associated with the NSVLAN as 802.1q tagged interfaces.
    Note: If you select tagged, make sure that management interfaces 0/1 and 0/2 are not added.

To provision NetScaler instances on a NetScaler SDX Platform

  1. On the Citrix Network tab, in the left pane, expand Device Inventory, and then click Devices.
  2. In the right pane, under Devices, select the NetScaler SDX device on which you want to provision the NetScaler instances, and then do one of the following:
    • Right-click the NetScaler SDX device and then click Add NS Instance.
    • Click the Add NS Instance button at the bottom of the right pane.
  3. In the Provision NetScaler Instance dialog box, specify values for the following parameters.
    • Name*
    • IP Address *
    • Netmask *
    • Gateway *
    • XVA File *
    • Feature License *
    • Admin Profile *
    • Description
  4. Under Resource Allocation, specify values for the following parameters.
    • Total Memory (MB) *
    • #SSL Cores *
    • Throughput (Mbps) *
    • Packets per second *
    • CPU *
    • Reboot affected Instances if CPU cores are reassigned. You can check this option to restart the instances on which CPU cores are reassigned to avoid any performance degradation.
  5. Under Instance Administration, specify values for the following parameters.
    • User Name*
    • Password*
    • Shell/Sftp/Scp Access*
  6. Under Network Settings, select the check boxes next to the interfaces you want to assign, and then in the corresponding text boxes, specify the VLAN IDs for the network interfaces. Optionally select the Allow L2 Mode option to allow the L2 mode on the NetScaler instance. Select this option before you log on to the instance and enable L2 mode.
  7. Under VLAN Settings, specify the VLAN ID. Optionally, select Tagged to tag packets with the specified VLAN ID. Optionally select the NSVLAN option if your deployment requires that the NSIP not be accessible through any interface other than the one you select in the VLAN Settings dialog box. This setting cannot be changed after the NetScaler instance is provisioned. In the Available list, click the arrow symbol to move the interface to the Configured list. The selected interface is tagged with the specified NSVLAN ID.
  8. Click OK.