Product Documentation

NetScaler MAS 12.0

Feb 02, 2017

The 12.0 release of NetScaler Management and Analytics System (MAS) provides a plethora of new features and enhancements to existing features that helps optimize the management and monitoring of your network instances and applications.

To avail of the new features and enhancements, you must first upgrade your NetScaler MAS server to version 12.0.

This document includes:

Upgrading NetScaler MAS to the 12.0 Release

Download the upgrade package from the NetScaler MAS Downloads page and follow the instructions in this section to upgrade your system to the latest 12.0 build. After the upgrade operation is started, NetScaler MAS restarts and the existing connections are terminated and reconnected when the upgrade is completed successfully. The existing configuration is preserved, but NetScaler MAS does not process any data until the upgrade is successfully completed.

For NetScaler MAS servers in high availability mode, you can upgrade by accessing either the first node or the second node or the load balancing virtual server IP address. Both the NetScaler MAS servers automatically upgrades to the latest build when you initiate the upgrade process in either of the servers.

Recommended Precautions

  • Back up the NetScaler MAS server before you upgrade.
  • After the upgrade, you might have to reestablish connections between the NetScaler MAS server and the managed instances. A confirmation prompt warns you that connections can fail if you proceed.
  • For NetScaler MAS servers in high availability setup, when upgrading, do not make any configuration changes on either of the nodes.
  • It is also important to understand the licensing framework and types of licenses before you start to upgrade. For NetScaler MAS licensing information, see Licensing.


You should not refresh the browser until the upgrade process is successfully completed. It might take a few minutes for the upgrade process to finish.

To upgrade NetScaler MAS

  1. Log on to the NetScaler MAS server and navigate to System > System Administrations. Under the System Administration subheading, click Upgrade NetScaler MAS.
  2. On the Upgrade NetScaler MAS page, upload a new image file by selecting either Local (your local system) or Appliance (the build file must be present on the NetScaler MAS server).


If you are using NetScaler MAS for the first time, see Getting Started with NetScaler MAS.

What's New in Release 12.0

This release includes multiple features that brings feature equivalency with Command Center. This release also strengthens the application-centric approach to help you address various application delivery challenges. This approch gives you visibility into health score of applications, helps you determine the security risks, and helps you detect anomalies in the application traffic flows and take corrective actions. 

You can now write more powerful StyleBooks expressions, auto-provision NetScaler instances in NSX manager, and use fine-grained RBAC for better administration.

For a comprehensive list of new features and enhancements, see Release Notes.