Product Documentation

Before You Begin

Before you install NetScaler SD-WAN Center on a VM, make sure that you must understand the hardware and software requirements and have met the prerequisites.

Hardware Requirements

NetScaler SD-WAN Center has the following hardware requirements.

Processor

  • 4 Core, 3 GHz (or equivalent) processor or better for a server managing up to 64 sites.
  • 8 Core, 3 GHz (or equivalent) processor or better for a server managing up to 128 sites.
  • 16 Core, 3 GHz (or equivalent) processor or better for a server managing up to 256 sites.
  • 32 core, 3 GHz (or equivalent) processor or better for a server managing up to 550 sites.

Memory

  • A minimum of 8GB of RAM is strongly recommended for a VM managing up to 64 sites.
  • A minimum of 16GB of RAM is strongly recommended for a VM managing up to 128 sites.
  • A minimum of 32GB of RAM is strongly recommended for a VM managing up to 256 sites.
  • A minimum of 32GB of RAM is strongly recommended for a VM managing up to 550 sites.

Disk space requirements

The following table provides some guidelines for determining the disk space requirements for NetScaler SD-WAN Center data storage.

Estimated disk space requirement

# Client Sites Average # WAN Links per Site Average # Intranet/Internet Services per Site Average # Virtual Paths per Site Database Size (TB) for 1 Year
32 2 2 2 1.2T
32 4 4 4 1.8T
32 8 8 8 5.3T
64 2 2 2 1.5T
64 4 4 4 2.6T
64 8 8 8 9.6T
96 2 2 2 1.8T
96 4 4 4 3.3T
96 8 8 8 14.0T
128 2 2 2 2.0T
128 4 4 4 4.1T
128 8 8 8 18.0T
192 2 2 2 2.6T
192 4 4 4 5.6T
192 8 8 8 27.0T
256 2 2 2 3.0T
256 4 4 4 7.2T
256 8 8 8 35.0T
550 2 2 2 15.9T
550 4 4 4 41.9T
550 8 8 8 195.6T

Network bandwidth

The following table provides some guidelines for determining network bandwidth requirements for the NetScaler SD-WAN Center VM.

Estimated network bandwidth requirements

# Client Sites Average # WAN Links Average # Virtual Paths per Site Total VWAN Data per 5-min Poll (MB) Bandwidth Rate to Configure per 5-min Poll (Kbps)
32 2 2 1.2 Default 1000
32 4 4 3.6 Default 1000
32 8 8 20.0 Default 1000
64 2 2 2.3 Default 1000
64 4 4 7.2 Default 1000
64 8 8 40.0 2000
96 2 2 3.5 Default 1000
96 4 4 10.8 Default 1000
96 8 8 60.0 3000
128 2 2 4.6 Default 1000
128 4 4 14.4 Default 1000
128 8 8 80.0 4000
192 2 2 6.9 Default 1000
192 4 4 21.6 2000
192 8 8 120.0 6000
256 2 2 9.2 Default 1000
256 4 4 28.8 2000
256 8 8 160 10000
550 2 2 34.0 2000
550 4 4 89.3 6000
550 8 8 415.7 24000

Software

NetScaler  SD-WAN Center VPX can be configured on the following platforms :

Hypervisor

  • VMware ESXi server, version 5.5.0 or higher.
  • NetScaler XenServer 6.5 or higher.
  • Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2 or higher.

Cloud Platform

  • Microsoft Azure

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  • Google Chrome 40.0+
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11+
  • Mozilla Firefox 41.0+

Prerequisites

Following are the prerequisites for installing and deploying NetScaler SD-WAN Center:

  • The SD-WAN Master Control Node (MCN) and existing client nodes must be upgraded to the latest NetScaler SD-WAN software version.
  • It is recommended to have a DHCP server available and configured in the SD-WAN network.
  • You must have the NetScaler SD-WAN Center installation files.

Note

You cannot customize or install any third party software on NetScaler SD-WAN Center. However, you can modify the vCPU, memory and storage settings.

Download NetScaler SD-WAN Center software

Download the NetScaler SD-WAN Center Management Console software installation files, for the required release and platform, from the Downloads page.

The NetScaler SD-WAN Center installation files use the following naming convention:

    ctx-sdwc-version_number-platform.extension

  • version_number is the NetScaler SD-WAN Center release version number.
  • platform is the platform type, hypervisor, or cloud platform name.
  • extension is the installation file extension.
Platform File extension
NetScaler XenServer .xva
VMware ESXi -vmware.ova
Microsoft Hyper-V -hyperv.vhd.zip
Microsoft Azure -azure.vhd.zip

Gather the NetScaler SD-WAN Center installation and configuration information

This section provides a checklist of the information you will need to complete your NetScaler SD-WAN Center installation and deployment.

Gather or determine the following information:

  • The IP address of the ESXi server, XenServer, Hyper-V server, or Azure that hosts the NetScaler SD-WAN Center Virtual Machine (VM).
  • A unique name to assign to the NetScaler SD-WAN Center VM.
  • The amount of memory to allocate for the NetScaler SD-WAN Center VM.
  • The amount of disk capacity to allocate for the virtual disk for the VM.
  • The Gateway IP Address the NetScaler SD-WAN Center will use to communicate with external networks.
  • The subnet mask for the network in which the NetScaler SD-WAN Center VM will be installed.