Product Documentation

Integrating NetScaler MAS with Director

Oct 03, 2016

Director integrates with NetScaler MAS for network analysis and performance management.

  • Network analysis obtains HDX Insight reports from NetScaler MAS and provides an application and desktop view of the network. With this feature, Director provides an advanced analytics view of ICA traffic in your deployment.
  • Performance management provides historical retention and trend reporting. With historical retention of data versus the real-time assessment, you can create Trend reports, including capacity and health trending.

After you integrate NetScaler MAS with Director, HDX Insight reports provide you with the following information in Director:

  • The Network tab in the Trends page shows latency and bandwidth effects for applications, desktops, and users across your deployment.
  • The User Details page shows latency and bandwidth information specific to a particular user session.

Prerequisites

Hardware Requirements for HDX Insight to NetScaler MAS Migration

Component Requirement
RAM 8 GB
Virtual CPU 8
Storage Space 500 GB
Virtual Network Interfaces 1
Throughput 1Gbps or 100 Mbps

Software Requirements

Before migrating to the NetScaler MAS virtual appliance, verify that the following requirements have been met:

  • Director version 7.11 is installed
  • NetScaler HDX Insight version 10.1 or later is installed
  • HDX Insight and NetScaler MAS supports XenDesktop VDA  version 7.0 and later
  • StoreFront is supported on XenDesktop version 7.0 and later
  • Ensure that MAC Citrix Receiver for Mac version 11.8 and later, and Windows Citrix Receiver for Windows 14.0 and later are available to display accurate ICA RTT metrics
  • NetScaler MAS version 11.0 and later is installed. For more information on how to install NetScaler MAS, see http://docs.citrix.com/en-us/netscaler-mas/11-1/single-server-deployment.html

Limitations

  • The availability of this feature depends on your organization's license and your administrator permissions.
  • ICA session Round Trip Time (RTT) shows data correctly for Citrix Receiver for Windows 3.4 or later and for Citrix Receiver for Mac 11.8 or later. For earlier versions of these Receivers, the data does not display correctly.
  • In the Trends view, HDX connection logon data is not collected for VDAs earlier than version 7. For earlier VDAs, the chart data is displayed as 0.
  • For deployments that already have an external hard disk with storage space less than 500 GB, you cannot add another hard disk.

For more information on Director and for steps to integrate NetScaler MAS with Director, see http://docs.citrix.com/en-us/xenapp-and-xendesktop/7-11/director.html.

For more information on HDX Insight, see http://docs.citrix.com/en-us/xenapp-and-xendesktop/7-11/director/hdx-insight.html.