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Getting Started with Command Center

Dec. 18, 2015

Citrix Command Center is a management and monitoring solution for Citrix application networking products that include Citrix NetScaler, Citrix NetScaler VPX, Citrix NetScaler Gateway Enterprise Edition, Citrix CloudBridge VPX, NetScaler SDX, CloudBridge Platform, and Citrix CloudBridge. Use Command Center to manage, monitor, and troubleshoot the entire global application delivery infrastructure from a single, unified console.

This centralized management solution simplifies operations by providing administrators with enterprise-wide visibility and automating management tasks that need to be executed across multiple devices.

The following management tasks are simplified with Command Center:

  • Quickly address and resolve device and network issues and keep the network running effectively by monitoring and managing the SNMP and syslog events generated on your devices.
  • Understand the traffic patterns, gather data for capacity planning, and monitor the performance of the entire application delivery infrastructure by using historical charts and performance graphs.
  • Monitor and manage the states of virtual servers, services, and service groups across the NetScaler infrastructure.
  • Simplify device management and minimize configuration errors by using built-in and custom tasks to make configuration changes across devices, upgrade firmware, and replicate a device's configuration to other devices in your network.
  • Set up alerts for specific instances of entities and notify administrators when configured thresholds are breached by using the advanced entity-based thresholds feature.
  • Troubleshoot configuration errors or recover unsaved configuration on sudden system shutdown by running audit policies.
  • Prevent server downtime from expired SSL certificates by receiving notifications for certificate expiration dates, and then updating the certificates from your management solution.
  • Ensure constant availability of your management solution by setting up Command Center in a high availability active-standby mode.

To begin monitoring and managing Citrix devices, you need to connect to the Command Center server by using the HTML Web client, and then add the devices for discovery. Command Center initiates the discovery process, which stores device-related information in the Command Center server.

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