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Installing NetScaler Gateway VPX on Microsoft Server 2008 R2

Jul 18, 2013

To install the NetScaler Gateway virtual appliance on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, you must first install Windows Server 2008 R2, with the Hyper-V role enabled, on a computer with adequate system resources. While installing the Hyper-V role, make sure you specify the network adapters on the server that Hyper-V will use to create the virtual networks. You can reserve some network adapters for the host. You can use Hyper-V Manager to perform the NetScaler Gateway VPX installation.

Note: This functionality is only available in NetScaler Gateway 10.1 and Access Gateway Versions 9.3 and 10.

NetScaler Gateway VPX for Hyper-V is delivered in virtual hard disk (VHD) format. It includes the default configuration for elements, such as CPU, network interfaces, and hard-disk size, and format.

After you install NetScaler Gateway VPX, you can configure the network adapters on NetScaler Gateway VPX and add virtual network adapters. Next, you assign the NetScaler Gateway IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway, and then you complete the basic configuration of the virtual appliance.

After you enable the Hyper-V role on Microsoft Server 2008 R2 and extracted the VPX files, you can use Hyper-V Manager to install NetScaler Gateway VPX. After you import the virtual appliance, you need to configure the virtual network adapters by associating them to the virtual networks created by Hyper-V.

You can configure a maximum of eight virtual network adapters. Even if the physical network adapter is down, the virtual appliance assumes that the virtual network adapter is up, because it can still communicate with the other virtual appliances on the same host (server).
Note: You cannot change any settings while the virtual appliance is running. Shut down the virtual appliance and then make changes.

To install NetScaler Gateway VPX by using Hyper-V Manager

  1. To start Hyper-V Manager, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Hyper-V Managers.
  2. In the navigation pane, under Hyper-V Manager, select the server on which you want to install NetScaler Gateway VPX.
  3. On the Action menu, click Import Virtual Machine.
  4. In the Import Virtual Machine dialog box, in Location, specify the path of the folder that contains the NetScaler Gateway VPX software files and then select Copy the virtual machine (create a new unique ID). This folder is the parent folder that contains the Snapshots, Virtual Hard Disks, and Virtual Machines folders.
    Note: If you received a compressed file, make sure that you extract the files into a folder before you specify the path to the folder.
  5. Click Import.
  6. Verify that the virtual appliance that you imported is listed under Virtual Machines.
  7. To install another virtual appliance, repeat steps 2 through 6.
    Important: Make sure that you extract the files to a different folder in step 4.

To configure virtual network adapters for NetScaler Gateway VPX

  1. Select the virtual appliance that you imported, and then on the Action menu, select Settings.
  2. In the Settings for <virtual appliance name> dialog box, click Add Hardware in the left pane.
  3. In the right pane, from the list of devices, select Network Adapter.
  4. Click Add.
  5. Verify that Network Adapter (not connected) appears in the left pane.
  6. Select the network adapter in the left pane.
  7. In the right pane, from the Network drop-down list, select the virtual network to connect the adapter to.
  8. To select the virtual network for additional network adapters that you want to use, repeat steps 6 and 7.
  9. Click Apply, and then click OK.

To configure NetScaler Gateway VPX

  1. Right-click the virtual appliance that you previously installed and then click Start.
  2. Access the console by double-clicking the virtual appliance.
  3. Type the NetScaler Gateway IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway for your virtual appliance.
You have completed the basic configuration of your virtual appliance. Type the IP address in a Web browser to access the configuration utility for the virtual appliance.