Product Documentation

How to Add the MCN Site

Aug 09, 2017

The first step is to open a new configuration package, and add the MCN site to the new configuration.


It is strongly recommended that you save the configuration package often, or at key points in the configuration. Instructions are provided in the section Naming, Saving, and Backing Up the MCN Site Configuration.


If the console session times out or you log out of the Management Web Interface before saving your configuration, any unsaved configuration changes will be lost. You must then log back into the system, and repeat the configuration procedure from the beginning. For that reason, it is strongly recommended that you set the console session Timeout interval to a high value when creating or modifying a configuration package, or performing other complex tasks. The default is 60 minutes; the maximum is 9999 minutes. For security reasons, you should then reset it to a lower threshold after completing those tasks. For instructions, see the section Setting the Console Session Timeout Interval (Optional).

To add and begin configuring the MCN appliance site, do the following:

  1. In the navigation tree, open the Virtual WAN branch and select Configuration Editor.


The Configuration Editor is available in MCN Console mode, only. If the Configuration Editor option is not available in the Virtual WAN branch of the navigation tree, please see section, Switching the Management Web Interface to MCN Console Mode, for instructions on changing the console mode.

     This displays the Configuration Editor main page (middle pane).

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     2.  Click New to start defining a new configuration.

          This displays the New configuration settings page.

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     3.  Click Add in the Sites bar to begin adding and configuring the MCN site.

          This displays the Add Site dialog box.

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     4.  Enter the site information.

          Do the following:

          a.  Enter the Site Name, Appliance Name, and Secure Key.

          b.  Select the appliance Model.


The  Model options menu lists the generic model names for the supported appliance models. The generic names do not include the –Standard Edition model suffix, but do correspond to the equivalent SD-WAN Appliance models. Select the corresponding model number for this SDWAN Appliance model. (For example, select NetScaler 4000 if this is a NetScaler SD-WAN 4000-SE appliance.)

          c.  Select primary MCN as the mode.


You can add another site as the secondary MCN to support MCN redundancy. The  secondary MCN continuosly monitors the health of the primary MCN,  if the primary MCN fails, the secondary MCN assumes the role of the MCN. To confgure a site as a secondary MCN, in the Mode field secelect Secondary MCN

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    **      d.  Select Enable Site as Intermediate Node,  If this option is enabled, the site serves as a mediator for the creation and deletion of Dynamic virtual paths between two or more sites connected to this site.


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     5.  Click Add to add the site.

          This adds the new site to the Sites tree, and displays the Basic Settings configuration form for the new site.

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After you click Add, audit warnings appear indicating that further action is required. A red dot or goldenrod delta icon indicates an error in the section where it appears. You can use these warnings to identify errors or missing configuration information. Roll your cursor over an audit warning icon to display a short description of the error(s) in that section. You can also click the dark grey Audits status bar (bottom of page) to display a complete list of all unresolved audit warnings.

     6.  Enter the basic settings for the new site, or accept the defaults.

     7.  (Optional, strongly recommended) Save the configuration-in-progress.

          If you cannot complete the configuration in one session, you can save it at any time, so you can return to complete it later. The configuration is saved to your workspace on the local appliance. To resume working in a saved configuration, click Open in the Configuration Editor menu bar (top of page area). This displays a dialog box for selecting the configuration you want to modify.


As an extra precaution, it is recommended that you use Save As, rather than Save, to avoid overwriting the wrong configuration package.

To save the current configuration package, do the following:

  1. Click Save As (at the top of the Configuration Editor middle pane).

    This opens the Save As dialog box.

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     2.  Enter the configuration package name.


If you are saving the configuration to an existing package, be sure to select Allow Overwrite before saving.

     3.  Click Save.