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Configuring Device Profiles

May 26, 2015

Device profiles specify the user credentials and SNMP details that are used by Command Center to communicate with the Citrix devices and retrieve configuration data and SNMP traps. You can create device profiles for the four device families: NetScaler, CloudBridge, NetScaler SDX and XenServer. These device profiles are used by Command Center to discover the Citrix devices.

This topic includes the following details:

Adding Device Profiles

You need to add device profiles to specify the user credentials and SNMP details that are used by Command Center to communicate with the Citrix devices and retrieve configuration data and SNMP traps.

To add device profiles

  1. On the Citrix Network tab, under Device Inventory, click Device Profiles.
  2. Under Device Profiles, click Add.
  3. Under Create Device Profile, in Name, type a name for the profile and in Description, type a description for the profile.
  4. In Device Family, select the device family for which you want to create the profile. The possible values are: NetScaler, CloudBridge, NetScaler SDX Platform, CloudBridge Advanced Platform, and XenServer.
  5. Do one of the following:
    • For the NetScaler device family, perform the following steps.
      Note: NetScaler device family also includes NetScaler MPX, CloudBridge Connector, NetScaler VPX virtual devices, and CloudBridge devices.
      1. Specify the following user credentials for Device Login and File Transfer:
        • User Name: The user name for accessing the device. The default user name for a Citrix NetScaler device is nsroot.
        • Password: The password for the accessing device. The default password for a Citrix NetScaler device for the user name nsroot is nsroot.
        • Timeout (sec): The time-out period, in seconds, after which the Citrix Command Center server stops waiting for a connection to be established. The default time-out value is 5.
      2. To use the same user credentials for both Device Login and File Transfer, select the Use Device Login credentials for both Device Login and File Transfer protocols check box.
      3. Under SNMP, enter the following details:
        • In the Version list, select the version number of the SNMP protocol for Citrix Command Center to use. SNMP versions 1, 2, and 3 are supported.

          Citrix recommends that the NetScaler devices running release 8.0 and above use SNMP versions 2 or 3.

        • In Port, type the SNMP port number. The default port number is 161.
        • For versions 1 and 2, in Community, type the SNMP community string. The community string enables the NetScaler device to respond to SNMP queries after a successful match.

          For version 3, specify the following details:

          • User Name: The user name of the SNMP user.
          • Security Level: The security level of the group to which the user is assigned. The possible values are: Without Authentication and Privacy, With Authentication and without Privacy, and With Authentication and Privacy.
          • Authentication Type: The authentication type assigned to the user. The possible values are MD5 and SHA.
          • Privacy Type: The encryption type. The possible values are DES and AES . You can select AES as the privacy type only if the SNMP version is v3 and the security level is set to With Authentication and Privacy.
          • Privacy Password: The encryption password.
    • For NetScaler SDX NetScaler SDX Platform, perform the following steps.
      1. Create a NetScaler profile by following the procedure described above for adding device profile for NetScaler device family.
      2. Under User Credentials, specify the following user credentials for Device Login.
        • User Name: The user name for the device.
        • Password: Type the password for the device. The default password for a Citrix NetScaler device with the user name nsroot is nsroot.
        • Community: Type the SNMP community string. The community string enables the NetScaler SDX device to respond to SNMP queries after a successful match.
      3. In NetScaler Profile *: Select the NetScaler profile that you want to use to discover the NetScaler instances installed on the NetScaler SDX. Command Center implicitly discovers NetScaler instances installed on the NetScaler SDX device.
    • For CloudBridge Advanced Platform, perform the following steps.
      1. Create a NetScaler profile by following the procedure described above for adding device profile for NetScaler device family.
      2. Under User Credentials, specify the following user credentials.
        • User Name: The user name for the device.
        • Password: Type the password for the device. The default password for a Citrix NetScaler device with the user name nsroot is nsroot.
        • NetScaler Profile : Select the NetScaler profile that you want to use to discover the CloudBridge Connector installed on the CloudBridge Advanced Platform. Command Center implicitly discovers CloudBridge Connector installed on the CloudBridge Advanced Platform .
          Note: You do not have to select a NetScaler profile for CloudBridge 2000 and 3000 models.
        • Community: Type the SNMP community string. The community string enables the CloudBridge Advanced Platform to respond to SNMP queries after a successful match.
    • For the CloudBridge device family, perform the following steps.
      1. Under User Credentials, specify the following user credentials for Device Login and File Transfer:
        • User Name: The user name for accessing the device.
        • Password: The password for accessing the device.
          Note: By default, the user name and password for Device Login are the same as those specified for the CloudBridge user interface. The user name for File Transfer is transfer (this is populated by default), and the password is set by Command Center during the first-time discovery of the device
        • Timeout (sec): The time out period in seconds, after which the Citrix Command Center server stops waiting for a connection to be established. The default time out value is 15s.
      2. Under SNMP, specify the following details:
        • In the Version list, select the version number of the SNMP protocol for Citrix Command Center to use.
        • In Community, type the SNMP community string. The community string enables the CloudBridge device to respond to SNMP queries after a successful match.
        • In Port, type the SNMP port number. The default SNMP port is 161.
    • For XenServer, perform the following steps.
      1. Create a NetScaler profile by following the procedure described above for adding device profile for NetScaler device family. .
      2. Under User Credentials, specify the following user credentials for Device Login.
        • User Name: The user name for accessing the device.
        • Password: The password for accessing the device.
        • Port: The port at which the XenServer device listens for incoming traffic. The default port is 443.
      3. In Select NetScaler Profile: Select the NetScaler profile that you want to use to discover the NetScaler VPX devices installed on the XenServer. Command Center implicitly discovers NetScaler VPX devices installed on the XenServer.

Viewing Device Profiles

After you have configured device profiles with the user credentials and SNMP details, you can view the profiles from the Command Center client.

To view device profiles

  1. On the Citrix Network tab, in the left pane, expand Device Inventory, click Device Profiles
  2. Under Device Profiles, you can view and do the following.
    • Name: Specifies the name of the device profile you have created.
    • Device Family: Specifies the device family for which the profile is created. The possible values are: NetScaler, NetScaler SDX, CloudBridge, and XenServer.
    • Description: Specifies the description of the profile you have created.
    • Add: Click Add to add new device profiles. For more information, see Adding Device Profiles.
    • Delete: Select the profile you want to delete, and then click Delete to delete a device profile. For more information, see Deleting Device Profiles.
    • Edit: Select the profile you want to modify, and then click Modify to modify a device profile.

Modifying Device Profiles

After you have added a device profile, you can modify the values of the user credentials and SNMP details that are used by Command Center to communicate with the Citrix devices and retrieve configuration data and SNMP traps.

To modify device profiles

  1. On the Citrix Networktab, in the left pane, under Device Inventory, click Device Profiles.
  2. Under Device Profiles, click the profile name you want to modify, and then click Edit.
  3. Under Configure Device Profile, make the required changes, and then click OK.

Deleting Device Profiles

If you do not want to use a device profile, you can delete it from your server.

To delete device profiles

  1. On the Citrix Network tab, in the left pane, under Device Inventory, click Device Profiles.
  2. Under Device Profiles, select the profile you want to delete, and then click Delete.