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Configuring NetScaler Gateway VPX for the First Time

Dec 27, 2013

After you import the virtual appliance to your hypervisor of choice, you can then configure the initial settings for the virtual appliance.

Configuring Basic Settings for NetScaler Gateway VPX

On NetScaler Gateway VPX 10.1 and Access Gateway VPX 9.3 or 10, you can configure the initial settings by either running a script in the command line or by using the Setup Wizard in the configuration utility. If you are using XenCenter or VMWare ESX or ESXi, you can click the Console tab, log on to NetScaler Gateway and then run the script.

To access the configuration utility for the first time to configure basic settings, type the NetScaler Gateway IP address default IP address into the address field of any web browser. You must be running a minimum of Java RunTime Environment (JRE) Version 1.6.

Configuring Basic Settings for Access Gateway VPX 5.0

After installing an instance of the Access Gateway VPX 5.0, you need to access the virtual appliance to configure the basic settings. When the installation is complete, you configure settings on the Console tab in the XenCenter Console or in vSphere. You configure the basic settings of the Access Gateway VPX as you would for a physical appliance that you connect using a serial cable and the serial console.

For details on using the command line to configure initial network settings, see Defining Network Settings on the Access Gateway Appliance by Using Express Setup.

You can use the XenCenter or vSphere serial console to set the IP address and subnet of the network adapter that is called eth0, as well as the IP address of the default gateway device. For Access Gateway VPX 5.0, you use the management console. You can also use the XenCenter or vSphere console to test a connection by using the PING command.

Access Gateway VPX requires two network interfaces—one for the public (Internet) network and the second for the internal network. For Access Gateway VPX 5.0, you can configure up to four network interfaces.

Caution: You must attached at least one network interface. If you do not attach a network interface, the virtual appliance will automatically restart and enter recovery mode. Subsequent logon attempts will fail. You will then need to delete the virtual appliance and reinstall it.

In Access Gateway VPX 5.0, you can select a management role for a network adapter that administrators use to connect to the management console and, optionally, to connect with Secure Shell (SSH) to the appliance. For details, see Designating Network Adapters for Specific Uses. On the same Networking panel in the management console, you can configure two Access Gateway appliances as a failover pair. You must designate an appliance failover role for a network adapter on each appliance in the pair to support healthy monitoring traffic and to synchronize session information. For details, see How Appliance Failover Works on Access Gateway 5.0.

Configuring Basic Settings for Access Gateway VPX 4.6

After installing an instance of the Access Gateway VPX 4.6, you need to access the virtual appliance to configure the basic settings. When the installation is complete, you configure settings on the Console tab in the XenCenter console. You configure the basic settings of Access Gateway VPX as you would for a physical appliance that you connect using a serial cable and the serial console.

For details on using the command line to configure initial network settings, see Access Gateway 4.6 Standard Edition documentation in the eDocs archive.

You can use the XenCenter serial console to set the IP address and subnet of the network adapter that is called eth0, as well as the IP address of the default gateway device. For Access Gateway VPX 4.6, you use the Administration Tool to configure all other settings. You can also use the XenCenter console to test a connection by using the PING command.

Access Gateway VPX requires two network interfaces—one for the public (Internet) network and the second for the internal network. For Access Gateway VPX 4.6, you cannot configure more than two network interfaces.

Access Gateway VPX 4.6 and 5.0 supports both one-arm and two-arm modes:

  • One-arm mode uses one virtual network interface for inbound and outbound connections. In one-arm mode, a single IP address is assigned to Access Gateway. The default configuration of Access Gateway is one-arm mode.
  • Two-arm mode uses two virtual network interfaces, one for external and one for internal connections. In two-arm mode, two IP addresses are assigned to Access Gateway—one for the external interface and one for the internal interface.