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Installing NetScaler Insight Center on XenServer

May 15, 2015

To install NetScaler Insight Center virtual appliances on Citrix XenServer, you use XenCenter.

Prerequisites for Installing NetScaler Insight Center

You install NetScaler Insight Center as a virtual appliance on a XenServer server. Before installing the NetScaler Insight Center virtual appliance, verify that the following requirements have been met:

  • XenServer version 5.6 or later is installed on hardware that meets the minimum requirements.
  • XenCenter is installed on a management workstation that meets the minimum requirements. You have to use XenCenter to install NetScaler Insight Center on XenServer.
  • You have downloaded the NetScaler Insight Center .xva image file.

XenServer Requirements for NetScaler Insight Center

The following table lists the virtual computing resources that XenServer must provide for each NetScaler Insight Center virtual appliance.
Table 1. Minimum Virtual Computing Resources Required for Running NetScaler Insight Center
Component Requirement
RAM 3 GB or more
Virtual CPU 2 or more
Storage space 120 GB required*
Virtual Network Interfaces 1
Throughput 1 Gbps or 100 Mbps
For production use of NetScaler Insight Center, Citrix recommends that you set CPU priority (in virtual machine properties) to the highest level, to improve scheduling behavior and network latency.

On a XenApp or XenDesktop server running version 6.5, make sure that the ICA round trip calculations for Idle Connections option is enabled. If the option is not enabled, enable it and execute the gpupdate command. Also, the EUEM service must be running on the server.

Note: Verify that correct date, time, and time zone is configured on XenServer before NetScaler Insight Center is installed.

For information about XenServer, see XenServer 6.5.

XenCenter System Requirements

XenCenter is a Windows client application. It cannot run on the same machine as the XenServer host. The following table describes the minimum system requirements.

Table 2. Minimum System Requirements for XenCenter Installation
Component Requirement
Operating System Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Vista
.NET framework Version 2.0 or later
CPU 750 megahertz (MHz), Recommended: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
RAM 1 GB, Recommended: 2 GB
Network Interface Card 100 megabits per second (Mbps) or faster NIC

Installation Procedure

The number of NetScaler Insight Center instances that you can install depends on the memory available on the XenServer server.

To install NetScaler Insight Center

  1. Start XenCenter on your workstation.
  2. On the Server menu, click Add.
  3. In the Add New Server dialog box, in the Hostname text box, type the IP address or DNS name of the XenServer that you want to connect to.
  4. In the User Name and Password text boxes, type the administrator credentials set up during the XenServer installation, and then click Add. The XenServer server name appears in the navigation pane with a green circle, which indicates that the server is connected.
  5. In the navigation pane, right-click the name of the XenServer server on which you want to install NetScaler Insight Center, and then click Import.
  6. In the Import dialog box, from the Import Source node, browse to the location where you saved the NetScaler Insight Center .xva image file. Make sure that the Exported VM option is selected, and then click Next.
  7. Select the XenServer server on which you want to install the virtual appliance, and then click Next.
  8. Select the local storage repository in which to store the virtual appliance, and then click Import to begin the import process.
    Note: Citrix recommends using local storage repository to store the virtual appliance.
  9. You can add, modify, or delete virtual network interfaces as required. When finished, click Next.
  10. Click Finish to complete the import process.
    Note: To view the status of the import process, click the Logs tab.
    When the import is complete, the kernel reboots.
  11. Select the Console tab to display the NetScaler Insight Center Initial Network Configuration options for specifying the initial IPv4 address, subnet mask (Netmask), and Gateway IP address for the NetScaler Insight Center virtual server.
    Note: If the wizard closes and you want to update the network details, run the networkconfig command from the command line interface.
  12. If you want to install another NetScaler Insight Center virtual appliance, repeat steps 5 through 11.

* After provisioning NetScaler Insight Center, you cannot increase the amount of storage space allocated to it, even if more space becomes available.