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Generating Partition MAC Addresses to Configure Admin Partition on a Citrix ADC instance in the SDX Appliance

A Citrix ADC instance on a Citrix ADC SDX appliance can be partitioned into logical entities called admin partitions. Each partition can be configured and used as a separate Citrix ADC instance. For more information about admin partitions, see Admin Partitioning.

For using admin partitions with a shared VLAN configuration, you need a virtual MAC address for each partition. Such a virtual MAC address is called a partition MAC (PMAC) address, and it is used for classifying traffic received on a shared VLAN. This PMAC address is used across all the shared VLANs bound to that partition.

You must generate and configure the PMAC address by using the Management Service user interface, before using the admin partition. Management Service enables you to generate partition MAC addresses by:

  • Using a base MAC address
  • Specifying custom MAC addresses
  • Randomly generating MAC addresses

Note After generating the partition MAC addresses, you must restart the Citrix ADC instance before configuring the admin partitions.

To generate the partition MAC addresses by using a base MAC address:

  1. On the Configuration tab, in the left pane, expand NetScaler, and then click Instances.
  2. In the Instances pane, select the Citrix ADC instance for which you want to generate the partition MAC addresses.
  3. In the Action drop-down list, click Partition MACs.
  4. In the Partition MACs pane, click Generate.
  5. In the Generate Partition MACs dialog box, in the Generation Method section, select Using Base Address.
  6. In the Base MAC Address field, enter the base MAC address.
  7. In the Increment By field, enter the value by which the base MAC address should be incremented for each subsequent MAC address.
    For example, if you have specified the base MAC address as 00:A1:C9:11:C8:11 and the increment value as 2, the next MAC address is generated as 00:A1:C9:11:C8:13.
  8. In the Count field, enter the number of partition MAC addresses you want to generate.
  9. Click Generate.

To generate the partition MAC addresses by specifying custom MAC addresses:

  1. On the Configuration tab, in the left pane, expand NetScaler, and then click Instances.
  2. In the Instances pane, select the Citrix ADC instance for which you want to generate the partition MAC addresses.
  3. In the Action drop-down list, click Partition MACs.
  4. In the Partition MACs pane, click Generate.
  5. In the Generate Partition MACs dialog box, in the Generation Method section, select User Specified.
  6. In the MAC Addresses field, enter a MAC address.
  7. Click the + icon, and then enter the next MAC address. Repeat to specify additional custom MAC addresses.
  8. Click Generate.

To randomly generate the partition MAC addresses:

  1. On the Configuration tab, in the left pane, expand NetScaler, and then click Instances.
  2. In the Instances pane, select the Citrix ADC instance for which you want to generate the partition MAC addresses.
  3. In the Action drop-down list, click Partition MACs.
  4. In the Partition MACs pane, click Generate.
  5. In the Generate Partition MACs dialog box, in the Generation Method section, select Random.
  6. In the Count field, enter the number of partition MAC addresses you want to generate.
  7. Click Generate.

After you have generated partition MAC addresses in SDX appliance, use the generated partition MAC addresses to configure admin partitions on the Citrix ADC instance.

Generating Partition MAC Addresses to Configure Admin Partition on a Citrix ADC instance in the SDX Appliance

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