Installing SD-WAN Appliances on the Microsoft Hyper-V Platform
To install NetScaler SD-WAN virtual appliances on Microsoft Windows Server, you must first install Windows Server, with the Hyper-V role enabled, on a machine with adequate system resources. While installing the Hyper-V role, be sure to specify the network interface cards (NICs) on the server that Hyper-V uses to create the virtual networks. You can reserve some NICs for the host. Use Hyper-V Manager to perform the SD-WAN VPX installation.
SD-WAN VPX for Hyper-V is delivered in virtual hard disk (VHD) format. It includes the default configuration for elements such as CPU, network interfaces, and hard-disk size and format. After you install an SD-WAN VPX instance, you can configure its network adapters, add virtual NICs, assign the SD-WAN IP address, subnet mask, and gateway, and complete the basic configuration of the virtual appliance.
Microsoft Server Hardware Requirements
- The server’s processor must support Intel Virtualization Technology.
- The server must run 64-bit Windows 2008 R2 SP1 (Standard, Enterprise, or data center Editions), or 2012 (Standard or data center Editions) with a full installation (not a Core installation), and the Hyper-V component enabled.
- Minimum system configuration is 4 GB RAM, 200 GB hard drive, and 2 physical CPU.
- Two physical Ethernet NICs are required. Three are recommended.
The procedure below uses three NICs.
For more information about Windows Server 2008 R2 system requirements, see http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/system-requirements.aspx(the exact location is subject to change by Microsoft at any time).
For information about installing Microsoft Server 2008 R2, see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd379511(WS.10).aspx(the exact location is subject to change by Microsoft at any time).
Prerequisites for Installing SD-WAN virtual appliances on the Microsoft Hyper-V platform
Before you begin installing a virtual appliance, do the following:
- Enable the Hyper-V role on Windows Server 2008 R2 or 2012. For more information, see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee344837(WS.10).aspx(the exact location is subject to change by Microsoft at any time).
- Download the VPX setup files. If you do not have a My Citrix account, access the home page at http://www.mycitrix.com, click the New Users link, and follow the instructions to create a new My Citrix account.
To download the SD-WAN VPX setup files
- In a web browser, go to http://www.citrix.com/ and click My Citrix.
- Type your user name and password.
- Click Downloads.
- In Search Downloads by Product, select NetScaler SD-WAN.
- Under Virtual Appliances, select and download the required SD-WAN VPX distribution.
- Copy the compressed file to your server.
To configure virtual NICs on the SD-WAN VPX
- Log on to the Windows Server as an Administrator, either at a keyboard or VGA console, or through a NIC that you plan to use for managing the virtual appliance (not at one of the ports that you use for the accelerated bridge).
- To start Hyper-V Manager, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Hyper-V Manager.
- In the navigation pane, under Hyper-V Manager, select the server on which you want to install SD-WAN VPX.
- On the Actions menu, click Virtual Network Manager…
- In the Virtual Network Manager window, in the navigation pane, under Virtual Networks, click New virtual network.
- Choose External as type of virtual network, and then click Add.
- Name the new virtual network as apA Network 1 and select the physical NIC to map it to.
- Click OK to apply the changes.
- The Apply Networking Changes popup displays a caution indicating that pending changes might disrupt network connectivity. Click Yes.
- Repeat steps 5–9 for the second accelerated bridge port. Name it as apA Network 2 and connect it to a different physical port.
- Click Apply to apply the networking changes.
Installing SD-WAN VPX on Microsoft Server with Hyper-V Manager
After you have enabled the Hyper-V role on Microsoft Server and extracted the VPX files, you can use Hyper-V Manager to install SD-WAN VPX. After you import the virtual machine, you must configure the virtual NICs by associating them with the virtual networks created by Hyper-V. Based on the Microsoft server you are using, see the procedures in the following links to complete the installation.