Install a Citrix ADC VPX instance on VMware cloud on AWS

The VMware Cloud (VMC) on AWS enables you to create cloud software-defined data centers (SDDC) on AWS with the desired number of ESX hosts. The VMC on AWS supports Citrix ADC VPX deployments. VMC provides a user interface same as on-prem vCenter. It functions identical to the ESX-based Citrix ADC VPX deployments.

Prerequisites

Before you begin installing a virtual appliance, do the following:

  • One VMware SDDC must be present with at least one host.
  • Download the Citrix ADC VPX appliance setup files.
  • Create appropriate network segments on VMware SDDC to which the virtual machines connect.
  • Obtain VPX license files. For more information about Citrix ADC VPX instance licenses, see the Citrix ADC VPX Licensing Guide at http://support.citrix.com/article/ctx131110.

VMware cloud hardware requirements

The following table lists the virtual computing resources that the VMware SDDC must provide for each VPX ncore virtual appliance.

Table 2. Minimum virtual computing resources required for running a Citrix ADC VPX instance

Component Requirement
Memory 2 GB
Virtual CPU (vCPU) 2
Virtual network interfaces In VMware SDDC, you can install a maximum of 10 virtual network interfaces if the VPX hardware is upgraded to version 7 or higher.
Disk space 20 GB

Note

This is in addition to any disk requirements for the hypervisor.

For production use of VPX virtual appliance, the full memory allocation must be reserved.

OVF Tool 1.0 system requirements

OVF Tool is a client application that can run on Windows and Linux systems. The following table describes the minimum system requirements.

Table 4. Minimum system requirements for OVF tool installation

Component Requirement
Operating system For detailed requirements from VMware, search for the “OVF Tool User Guide” PDF file at http://kb.vmware.com/.
CPU 750 MHz minimum, 1 GHz or faster recommended
RAM 1 GB Minimum, 2 GB recommended
NIC 100 Mbps or faster NIC

For information about installing OVF, search for the “OVF Tool User Guide” PDF file at http://kb.vmware.com/.

Downloading the Citrix ADC VPX setup files

The Citrix ADC VPX instance setup package for VMware ESX follows the Open Virtual Machine (OVF) format standard. You can download the files from the Citrix website. You need a Citrix account to log on. If you do not have a Citrix account, access the home page at http://www.citrix.com. Click the New Users link, and follow the instructions to create a new Citrix account.

Once logged on, navigate the following path from the Citrix home page:

Citrix.com > Downloads > Citrix ADC > Virtual Appliances.

Copy the following files to a workstation on the same network as the ESX server. Copy all three files into the same folder.

  • NSVPX-ESX-<release number>-<build number>-disk1.vmdk (for example, NSVPX-ESX-9.3-39.8-disk1.vmdk)
  • NSVPX-ESX-<release number>-<build number>.ovf (for example, NSVPX-ESX-9.3-39.8.ovf)
  • NSVPX-ESX-<release number>-<build number>.mf (for example, NSVPX-ESX-9.3-39.8.mf)

Install a Citrix ADC VPX instance on VMware cloud

After you have installed and configured VMware SDDC, you can use the SDDC to install virtual appliances on the VMware cloud. The number of virtual appliances that you can install depends on the amount of memory available on the SDDC.

To install Citrix ADC VPX instances on VMware cloud, follow these steps:

  1. Open VMware SDDC on your workstation.
  2. In the User Name and **Password **text boxes, type the administrator credentials, and then click Login.
  3. On the File menu, click Deploy OVF Template.
  4. In the Deploy OVF Template dialog box, in Deploy from file, browse to the location at which you saved the Citrix ADC VPX instance setup files, select the .ovf file, and click Next.

    Note: By default, the Citrix ADC VPX instance uses E1000 network interfaces. To deploy ADC with VMXNET3 interface, modify the OVF to use VMXNET3 interface instead of E1000.

  5. Map the networks shown in the virtual appliance OVF template to the networks that you configured on the VMware SDDC. Click Next to start installing a virtual appliance on VMware SDDC.
  6. You are now ready to start the Citrix ADC VPX instance. In the navigation pane, select the Citrix ADC VPX instance that you have installed and, from the right-click menu, select Power On. Click the Console tab to emulate a console port.
  7. If you want to install another virtual appliance, repeat from Step 6.
  8. Specify the management IP address from the same segment that is selected to be the management network. The same subnet is used for gateway.
  9. The VMware SDDC requires that NAT and firewall rules are created explicitly for all private IP addresses belonging to network segments.