Upgrading a Perpetual License in NetScaler MPX to NetScaler Pooled Capacity

NetScaler MPX appliance with perpetual license can be upgraded to NetScaler Pooled Capacity license. Upgrading to NetScaler Pooled Capacity license enables you to allocate licenses from the license pool to NetScaler appliances on demand. You can also configure NetScaler Pooled Capacity license for NetScaler instances configured in high availability mode. To configure NetScaler Pooled Capacity license for NetScaler MPX instances in high availability mode, see Upgrading the Perpetual License in NetScaler MPX High Availability Pair to NetScaler Pooled Capacity.

Important

For upgrading NetScaler MPX appliance to NetScaler Pooled Capacity license, you need to upload the MPX-Z license to the appliance.

To upgrade to NetScaler Pooled Capacity:

  1. In a Web browser, type the IP address of the NetScaler appliance, such as http://192.168.100.1.

  2. In User Name and Password fields, type the administrator credentials.

  3. On the Welcome page, click Continue.

  4. Upload the zero capacity license (MPX-Z license). On the Configuration tab, navigate to System > Licenses.

  5. In the details pane, click Manage Licenses, click Add New License.

  6. In Licenses page, select Upload license files and click Browse to select the zero capacity license from your local machine.

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    Once the license is uploaded you are prompted to reboot the appliance.

  7. Click Reboot to reboot the appliance.

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  8. On the Confirm page, click Yes.

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  9. After the appliance reboots, logon to the appliance.

  10. On the Welcome page, click on the Licenses section.

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  11. In the License Server section, do the following:

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    1. In the Server Name/IP Address field, enter the license server details.

    2. In the License Port field, enter the license server port. Default value: 27000.

    3. If you want to manage your instance’s pool licenses through the NetScaler Management and Analytics System (MAS), select the Register with Licensing Server for manageability check box and enter the NetScaler Management and Analytics System credentials.

    4. Click Continue.

  12. In the Allocate licenses window, do the following:

    1. Select the license edition from the drop-down list.

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    2. Allocate the bandwidth to the NetScaler appliance from the Allocate menu and click Get Licenses.

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    3. When prompted, click Reboot to reboot the appliance.

  13. Once the NetScaler MPX appliance reboots, logon to the NetScaler MPX appliance. On the Welcome page, click Continue.

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    The Licenses page lists all the licensed features.

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  14. Navigate to System > Licenses and click Manage Licenses.

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    On the Manage Licenses page, you can view the details of the license server, license edition, and the allocated bandwidth.

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Upgrading the perpetual license in NetScaler MPX high availability pair to NetScaler pooled capacity

For NetScaler MPX Appliances configured in high availability mode, you have to configure NetScaler Pooled Capacity on both the primary and secondary NetScaler instances in the HA pair. Allocate licenses of the same capacity to both the primary and secondary NetScaler instances in the HA pair. For example, if you want 1 Gbps capacity from each instance in the HA pair, you need to allocate 2 Gbps capacity from the common pool so that you can allocate 1 Gbps capacity each to the primary and secondary NetScaler instances in the HA pair.

Important

For upgrading NetScaler MPX appliance to use NetScaler Pooled Capacity license, you need to upload the MPX-Z to the appliance.

Prerequisites

Make sure that you upload the MPX-Z license to both the primary and secondary instances in the HA pair.

To upload the MPX-Z license to the NetScaler MPX instances in the HA pair:

  1. In a Web browser, type the IP address of the appliance, such as http://192.168.100.1.

  2. In User Name and Password fields, type the administrator credentials.

  3. On the Welcome page, click Continue.

  4. Upload the zero capacity license (MPX-Z license). On the Configuration tab, navigate to System > Licenses.

  5. In the details pane, click Manage Licenses, click Add New License.

  6. In Licenses page, select Upload license files and click Browse to select the zero capacity license from your local machine.

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    Once the license is uploaded you are prompted to reboot the appliance.

  7. Click Reboot to reboot the appliance.

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  8. On the Confirm page, click Yes.

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To upgrade an existing HA setup to NetScaler Pooled Capacity:

  1. Log on to the secondary NetScaler MPX Instance. In a Web browser, type the IP address of the NetScaler appliance, such as http://192.168.100.1.

  2. In User Name and Password fields, type the administrator credentials.

  3. On the Welcome page, click on the Licenses section.

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  4. In the License Server section, do the following:

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    1. In the Server Name/IP Address field, enter the license server details.

    2. In the License Port field, enter the license server port. Default value: 27000.

    3. If you want to manage your instance’s pool licenses through the NetScaler Management and Analytics System (MAS), select the Register with Licensing Server for manageability check box and enter your administrator credentials.

    4. Click Continue.

  5. In the Allocate licenses window, do the following:

    1. Select the license edition from the drop-down list.

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    2. Allocate the bandwidth to the NetScaler appliance from the Allocate menu and click Get Licenses.

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    3. When prompted, click Reboot to reboot the appliance. After the secondary NetScaler MPX appliance reboots, it becomes the primary NetScaler MPX appliance in the HA pair.

  6. Log on to the existing primary NetScaler MPX appliance and reboot the appliance. Perform the following:

    1. In a Web browser, type the IP address of the NetScaler appliance, such as http://192.168.100.1.

    2. In User Name and Password fields, type the administrator credentials.

    3. On the Welcome page, click Continue.

    4. On the Configuration tab, click System.

    5. On the System page, click Reboot.

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    6. On the Reboot page, select Warm reboot and click OK.

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    After the primary NetScaler MPX appliance reboots, it becomes the secondary NetScaler MPX appliance in the HA pair. If necessary, you can change the primary and secondary instance in the HA pair to your original HA pair configuration by using the following command on any instance in the HA pair:

    >  force ha failover
    

Upgrading a Perpetual License in NetScaler MPX to NetScaler Pooled Capacity