Citrix Application Delivery Management service

Getting started

This document walks you through how to get started with onboarding and setting up Citrix Application Delivery Management (Citrix ADM) for the first time. This document is intended for network and application administrators who manage Citrix network devices (Citrix ADC, SD-WAN WO, Citrix Gateway, Citrix Secure Web Gateway, and so on). Follow the steps in this document irrespective of the type of device you plan to manage using Citrix ADM.

Before you begin onboarding, make sure you review the browser requirements, the agent installation requirements, and the port requirements.

Step 1: Sign Up for Citrix Cloud

To start using Citrix ADM, you must first create a Citrix Cloud company account or join an existing one that someone else in your company has created. For detailed processes and instructions on how to proceed, see Signing Up for Citrix Cloud.

Step 2: Manage Citrix ADM with an Express account

After you log on to Citrix Cloud, do the following:

  1. Go to the Available Services section.

  2. On the Application Delivery Management tile, click Manage.

    The Application Delivery Management tile moves to the My Services section.

    Citrix ADM Express account

  3. Select one of the following regions that suits your business need:

    • United States (US)
    • Europe (EU)
    • Australia (ANZ)

    Select region to set up ADM


    You cannot change the region later.

  4. Select roles and use cases that apply to you.

    Role and use cases

You can log off from the browser while the initialization completes in the background, which might take some time.



Citrix assigns an Express account to manage ADM resources. If your Citrix ADM Express account remains inactive for 90 days, the account gets deleted. For more information, see Manage Citrix ADM Service using Express account.

When you log back on to your Citrix Cloud account, the Citrix ADM GUI screen appears. Click Get Started to begin setting up the service for the first time.

Get started

Step 3: Select an ADC deployment type

Select one of the following deployment options that suits your business requirement:

Select deployment options

  • Smart deployment - This option is an automated environment setup to deploy new ADC instances. It automatically installs an agent to enable communication between the Citrix ADM and the managed instances.

    This option currently supports the AWS environment only. In three steps, you can deliver an application that is present in AWS using ADC instances.

    Smart deployment workflow

  • Custom deployment - This option is a multi-stage deployment. You can select each environment option and deploy or discover ADC instances.

Select smart deployment

This deployment option creates the following infrastructure in AWS:

  • A CloudFormation stack in AWS to create the required infrastructure that includes subnets, security groups, NAT gateways, and so on.

  • An ADM Agent in the VPC to manage ADC instances.

  • An ADC Autoscale group. You can customize this group later in the Networks > Autoscale Group page.

Before deploying ADC instances, ensure the following:

  1. You already possess an AWS account.

  2. You have created an IAM user with all administrative permissions.

To deploy ADC instances, perform the following steps:

  1. Specify Access Profile Name and Role ARN to create a Cloud Access Profile.

    Add access profile name

    Role ARN

    The ADM service uses the Cloud Access Profile to access an AWS account.

  2. Specify the following details to prepare the AWS environment:

    1. In Data Center Details, select AWS Region and AWS VPC where you want to deploy ADC instances.

      AWS VPC lists the VPCs present in the selected AWS Region.

      Data center details

    2. In ADC AutoScale Group Details, specify the following to Autoscale ADC instances in the AWS cloud:

      • AutoScale Group Name - A name to identify an Autoscale group.

      • Availability Zones - Select the zones in which you want to create the Autoscale groups.

        You can select multiple zones from the list.

      • Deployment Type - Select either Evaluation or Production option.

        If you want to evaluate the ADM Autoscale solution before purchasing the production license, select the Evaluation option.


        • The evaluation option supports only one availability zone.
        • With the evaluation option, you can select only Citrix ADC VPX Express. And, the ADM Autoscale solution can scale up to three ADC instances.
      • Citrix ADC VPX product - Select licenses to provision ADC instances.

        Subscribe to the selected license in the AWS marketplace and return to this page.

        Review and select the user consent message.

      • Instance type - Select the required instance type.

        Autoscale group details

    3. Click Next.

      After successful validation, click Create to deploy ADC instances in AWS and create an Autoscale group.

      ADC deployment in AWS

  3. After the successful ADC deployment, click Deploy Application.

    1. In Configure Application, specify the necessary details and click Submit.

    Configure ASG applications

    If you want to configure an application using StyleBooks, select Yes in the confirmation window.

    Configure an application using StyleBooks

    For more information, see Configure an application for the Autoscale group.

Select custom deployment

This option provides a multi stage deployment. Select this option to discover ADC instances from various environments. With this option, you can also deploy new instances by specifying custom environment options.

Perform the following steps to deploy or discover ADC instances:

  1. Select any of the following environments:

    • Amazon Web Services
    • Microsoft Azure
    • Google Cloud Platform
    • On Premise

    Select environment options

  2. Install the Citrix ADM Agent to enable communication between the Citrix ADM and the managed instances in your data center or cloud.

    The Select Agent Type step varies the agent installation options depending on the selected environment.

    • On-premises - If you select On-premise, you can install an agent on the following hypervisors:

      • Citrix Hypervisor

      • VMware ESXi

      • Microsoft Hyper-V

      • Linux KVM Server

      Select on-premises agent

    • Public clouds - If you select Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform, you can externally install an agent on the selected cloud.

      The following is an example image for the AWS environment.

      Select an AWS agent

    • As a microservice - To deploy an agent as a Kubernetes application.

      Agent as a microservice

    • Built-in agent - To discover built-in agents available with Citrix ADC version 12.0 or later.

      Configure a built-in agent

  3. Click Next

    Steps to install an agent vary for every option. The following links guide you to the specific steps to install an agent:

Install an agent on a hypervisor

Perform the following steps to set up an ADM agent on a hypervisor:

  1. Select the hypervisor and click Download Image to download the agent image to your local system.


    A service URL and an activation code are generated and displayed on the GUI.

  2. Copy the service URL and an activation code.


  3. Specify the copied service URL and the activation code while installing the agent on your hypervisor.

    The agent uses the service URL to locate the service and the activation code to register with the service. For detailed instructions about installing an agent on your on-premises hypervisor, see Install Citrix ADM agent on-premises.

  4. After successful agent installation, return to the Set Up Agent page and click Register Agent.

Next step: Add instances.


If you do not want to add agents during the initial setup, click Skip to check the features provided by Citrix ADM. You can add the agents and instances later. To add agents later, navigate to Settings > Set up Agents. For instructions about how to add instances later, see Adding Instances.

Install an agent on a public cloud

You do not have to download the agent image from the Set Up Agent page. The agent image is available on the respective cloud marketplace.

  1. Copy and save the service URL and the activation code to use during agent installation.

    If you want a new activation code, click Create new Activation Code, and then copy and save the code to use during agent installation.

    Public cloud1

  2. After successful agent installation, return to the Set Up Agent page and click Register Agent.

Next step: Add instances.

Install an agent as a microservice

You can deploy a Citrix ADM agent as a microservice in the Kubernetes cluster to view service graph in Citrix ADM.

For more information to get started with service graph, see Setting up service graph.

  1. Specify the following parameters:

    1. Application ID – A string id to define the service for the agent in the Kubernetes cluster and distinguish this agent from other agents in the same cluster.

    2. Agent Password – Specify a password for CPX to use this password to onboard CPX to ADM service through the agent.

    3. Confirm Password – Specify the same password for confirmation.

      Microservice download agent

    4. Click Submit.

  2. After you click Submit, you can download the YAML or Helm Chart.

  3. Click Close.

    For more information, see Install Citrix ADM agent in Kubernetes cluster.

Use the built-in agent in the Citrix ADC instance

The Citrix ADC instances in your environment include a built-in agent. You can initiate the built-in agent and use it to establish communication between the instance and Citrix ADM.

  1. Copy the generated Service URL and the Activation Code. Save them to use while initiating the built-in agent on your Citrix ADC instance.

    Built-in agent

    For detailed instructions about initiating the built-in agent on your Citrix ADC instance, see Initiate Built-in Agent on the Citrix ADC instance.

  2. After the built-in agent is initiated, return to the Set Up Agent page and click Register Instance.

Next step: Add instances.

Add instances to Citrix ADM

Instances are network appliances or virtual appliances that you want to discover, manage, and monitor from Citrix ADM. To manage and monitor these instances, you must add the instances to the service.

After the successful agent installation and registration, the agents are displayed on the Set Up Agent page. When the agent status is in the UP state denoted by a green dot next to it, click Next to start adding instances to the service.

Add instances

  1. In the Add Instances page, view the ADC instances that are connected to the registered agent. Ensure the instance is in the Up status and click Next.

    View ADC instances

  2. Click Done to complete your initial setup and start managing your deployment.


If you do not want to add instances during the initial setup, you can click Done to complete the setup and add the instances later. For instructions about how to add instances later to Citrix ADM, see Adding Instances.

Agent actions

After you’ve set up your ADM service, you can apply various actions to an agent. Navigate to Networks > Agents.

Agent action

Under Select Action, you can use the following features:

Install a new certificate: if you need a different agent certificate to meet your security requirement, you can add one.

Change the default password: to ensure security of your infrastructure, change the default password of an agent.

Generate a technical support file: generate a technical support file for a selected Citrix ADM agent. You can download this file and send it to Citrix technical support for investigation and troubleshooting.

Getting started