You can convert
a NetScaler MPX appliance to a NetScaler SDX appliance by upgrading the
software through a new Solid State Drive (SSD) and a new Hard Disk Drive (HDD).
Citrix supplies a field conversion kit to migrate a NetScaler MPX appliance to
a NetScaler SDX appliance.
recommends that you configure the Lights Out Management (LOM) Port of the
NetScaler appliance before starting the conversion process. For more
information on the LOM port of the NetScaler appliance, see
Lights Out Management
Port of the NetScaler Appliance
To convert a
NetScaler MPX appliance to a NetScaler SDX appliance, you must access the
appliance through a console cable attached to a computer or terminal. Before
connecting the console cable, configure the computer or terminal to support the
- VT100 terminal emulation
- 9600 baud
- 8 data bits
- 1 stop bit
- Parity and flow control
set to NONE
Connect one end
of the console cable to the RS232 serial port on the appliance, and the other
end to the computer or terminal.
Note: To use a
cable with an RJ-45 converter, insert the optional converter into the console
port and attach the cable to it.
With the cable
attached, verify that the MPX appliance’s components are functioning correctly.
You are then ready to begin the conversion. The conversion process modifies the
Basic Input-Output System (BIOS), installs XenServer hypervisor and a Service
Virtual Machine image, and copies the NetScaler VPX image to the Hard Disk
conversion process, you make a few modifications to the appliance’s
configuration and apply a new license. You can then provision the VPX instances
through the Management Service on what is now a NetScaler SDX appliance.
figure shows the front panel of the MPX 11515/11520/11530/11540/11542
Figure 1. Citrix
NetScaler MPX 11515/11520/11530/11540/11542, front panel