Use maintenance jobs to upgrade NetScaler SDX instances

You can perform a single-bundle upgrade of your NetScaler SDX instances running NetScaler release 11.0 and later. To perform a single-bundle upgrade, you use a built-in task in NetScaler MAS.  With this built-in task, you can upgrade the NetScaler SDX Management Service, XenServer hypervisor, and the supplemental packs and hotfixes for XenServer hypervisor.

To upgrade NetScaler SDX instances using NetScaler MAS:

  1. In NetScaler MAS, navigate to Networks > Configuration Jobs > Maintenance Jobs.

  2. Click Create Job. In the Create Job page, select the Upgrade NetScaler SDX built-in task to upgrade your NetScaler SDX instances. Click Proceed.

  3. On one or more Upgrade NetScaler Appliances page, in the Instance Selection tab, specify the Job Name and click Add Instances. 

  4. Select the target instances or instance groups that you want to upgrade.

  5. After you have added the NetScaler instances or instance groups, click Next to start the pre-upgrade validation on the selected instances. The screen reports the progress of pre-validation of each of the NetScaler instances.

  6. On the Modify Upgrade NetScaler Appliance(s) page, select the Upgrade tab. From the Software Image drop-down menu, select either Local (your local machine) or Appliance (the build file must be present on NetScaler MAS).

  7. You can also see if any instances have pre-validation upgrade errors. These errors are shown in the form of message. The messages show the errors related to disk space, hard disk drive, and user customization. If you do not want to proceed with instances that have failed the pre-validation upgrade check, you can remove the instances. To remove the instances, select the instances and click Delete.

  8. On the Schedule Task tab, you can also set execution details where you can perform the upgrade process now or schedule it for a later date. You can also choose to backup your NetScaler SDX instance, receive an execution report through email, or perform a two-stage upgrade for nodes in HA.

The two-stage upgrade for nodes in HA gives you the option to can either perform the upgrade immediately or schedule a time for the nodes to be updated one after another. Synchronization and propagation of the nodes are disabled until both the nodes are upgraded successfully.

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Use maintenance jobs to upgrade NetScaler SDX instances

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