Deploy a Citrix ADC BLX appliance

Deploying a Citrix ADC BLX appliance on a Linux host consists of first downloading and installing the Citrix ADC BLX appliance. Then, the installed Citrix ADC BLX appliance can be deployed either with or without DPDK support. A Citrix ADC BLX appliance can be configured in either shared or dedicated network mode. A Citrix ADC BLX appliance with DPDK support can be configured only in dedicated mode.

Before you Begin

Before you start deploying a Citrix ADC BLX appliance on a Linux host, the following table lists the pre-requisites and consideration points:

System requirements for Citrix ADC BLX appliance

Download a Citrix ADC BLX installation package on the Linux host

Citrix ADC BLX installation packages are hosted on the official Citrix ADC BLX downloads page. A Citrix ADC BLX installation package bundles Citrix ADC feature packages including a package with DPDK support. A Citrix ADC BLX installation package is a TAR file and has the following name format:

blx-<release number>-<build-number>.tgz

Example:

blx-13.0-41.20.tgz

To download a Citrix ADC BLX installation package:

  1. Access the official Citrix ADC BLX downloads page.

  2. Navigate to the desired Citrix ADC Release > Citrix ADC BLX image build page.

  3. Download the Citrix ADC BLX installation package to the Linux host.

Install a Citrix ADC BLX appliance on the Linux host

To install a Citrix ADC BLX appliance on the Linux host:

  1. Untar the Citrix ADC BLX installation package and then change the working directory to the extracted Citrix ADC BLX installation directory:

    tar -xvf blx-<release number>-<build-number>.tgz
    
    cd <path to the extracted Citrix ADC BLX installation directory>
    

    Sample output:

    The following sample output shows that a Citrix ADC BLX installation package blx-13.0-41.20.tgz, which is already downloaded to the /var/blxinstall directory of a Linux host, is untared. Then, the working directory is changed to the extracted directory blx-13.0-41.20.

    > cd /var/blxinstall
    
    > tar -xvf blx-13.0-41.20.tgz
    
    > cd blx-13.0-41.20
    
    > pwd
    /var/blxinstall/blx-13.0-41.20
    
    
  2. Install a Citrix ADC BLX appliance on a Red Hat enterprise Linux (RHEL) host or Debian based Linux host.

    • Run the following command on a Red Hat enterprise Linux (RHEL) host:

       yum install ./blx*.rpm
      
    • Run the following command on a Debian based Linux host:

       apt install ./blx*.deb
      

    Note:

    By default, the Citrix ADC BLX appliance is in Down state.

  3. Check the status of Citrix ADC BLX appliance by running the following command:

    systemctl status blx
    
Deploy a Citrix ADC BLX appliance