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Manage Admin Partitions of NetScaler Instances

Jun 30, 2016

You might have configured admin partitions on your NetScaler instances so that different groups in your organization are assigned different partitions on the same NetScaler instance. A network administrator might be assigned to manage multiple partitions on multiple NetScaler instances.

NetScaler MAS provides a seamless way of managing all partitions owned by an administrator from a single console and without disrupting other partition configurations.

To enable multiple users to manage different admin partitions, you have to create groups and assign users and the respective partitions to those groups. Each user is able to view and manage only the partitions in the group to which the user belongs. Each admin partition is considered as an instance in NetScaler MAS. When you discover a NetScaler instance, the admin partitions configured on that NetScaler instance get added automatically to the system, as shown in the image below.

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Consider that you have two NetScaler VPX instances with two partitions configured on each instance. For example, NetScaler instance 10.102.216.49 has Partition_1, Partition_2, and Partition_3, and NetScaler instance 10.102.29.120 has p1 and p2 as shown in the image below.

To view the partitions, navigate to  Infrastructure> Instances > NetScaler VPX, and then click Partitions.

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You want to assign user-p1 the following partitions: 10.102.29.120-p1 and 10.102.216.49-Partition_1. And, you want user-p2 to manage partitions 10.102.29.80-p2, 10.102.216.49-Partition_2, and 10.102.216.49-Partition_3.

First, you have to create two groups with admin permissions and include the required admin partition instances in each group. For example, create system group partition1-admin and add NetScaler admin partitions 10.102.29.120-p1 and 10.102.216.49-Partition_1 to this group. Also create system group partition2-admin and add NetScaler admin partitions 10.102.29.120-p2, 10.102.216.49-Partition_2, and 10.102.216.49-Partition_3 and to this group.

To create groups

  1. Navigate to System > User Administration > Groups, and then click Add.
  2. In the Create System User page, on the Users and Instances tab, specify the group name and permissions. Optionally, configure the session timeout.
  3. To allow access to specific instances, clear the All Instances check box, and then add the instances from the Available list to the Configured list.
  4. Click Next, and then click Finish.
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Then, you have to create the two users, user-p1 and user-p2, and you have to assign the users to the groups that you created for them.

To create users

  1. Navigate to System > User Administration > Users, and then click Add.
  2. On the Create System User page, specify the user name and password, and then assign the user to a group by adding the group name from the Available list to the Configured list.
  3. Click Create.
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Now log out and log on with user-p1 credentials. You can view and manage only the admin partitions assigned to you to manage and monitor.

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