Product Documentation

Configuring and Managing NetScaler Instances

Jun 13, 2017

After you have provisioned NetScaler instances on your appliance, you are ready to configure and manage the instances. Begin by creating a subnet IP (SNIP) or mapped IP (MIP) address and then saving the configuration. You can then perform basic management tasks on the instances. Check to see if you have to apply the administration configuration.

If a task that you need to perform is not described below, see the list of tasks at the left.

Creating a Mapped IP Address or a Subnet IP Address on a NetScaler Instance

You can assign mapped IP address (MIP) and subnet IP address (SNIP) to the NetScaler instances after they are provisioned on the SDX appliance.

A SNIP is used in connection management and server monitoring. It is not mandatory to specify a SNIP when you initially configure the NetScaler appliance. You can assign SNIP to the NetScaler instance from the Management Service.

A MIP is used for server-side connections. A MIP can be considered a default Subnet IP (SNIP) address, because MIPs are used when a SNIP is not available or use SNIP (USNIP) mode is disabled. You can create or delete a MIP during runtime without restarting the NetScaler instance.

To add a MIP or SNIP on a NetScaler instance

  1. On the Configuration tab, in the navigation pane, click NetScaler.
  2. In the details pane, under NetScaler Configuration, click Create IP.
  3. In the Create NetScaler IP dialog box, specify values for the following parameters.
    IP Address*
    Specify the IP address assigned as the SNIP or the MIP address.
    Netmask*
    Specify the subnet mask associated with the SNIP or MIP address.
    Type*
    Specify the type of IP address. Possible values: SNIP, MIP. Default value: SNIP.
    Save Configuration*
    Specify whether the configuration should be saved on the NetScaler. Default value is false.
    Instance IP Address*
    Specify the IP address of the NetScaler instance.
  4. Click Create, and then click Close.

Saving the Configuration

You can save the running configuration of a NetScaler instance from the Management Service.

To save the configuration on a NetScaler instance

  1. On the Configuration tab, in the navigation pane, click NetScaler.
  2. In the details pane, under NetScaler Configuration, click Save Configuration.
  3. In the Save Configuration dialog box, in Instance IP Address, select the IP addresses of the NetScaler instances whose configuration you want to save.
  4. Click OK, and then click Close.

Managing a NetScaler Instance

The Management Service lets you perform the following operations on the NetScaler instances, both from the NetScaler Instances pane in the Configuration tab and in the NetScaler Instances gadget on the Home page.

Start a NetScaler Instance
Start any NetScaler instance from the Management Service user interface. When the Management Service UI forwards this request to the Management Service, it starts the NetScaler instance.
Shut down a NetScaler instance
Shut down any NetScaler instance from the Management Service user interface. When the Management Service UI forwards this request to the Management Service, it stops the NetScaler instance.
Reboot a NetScaler instance
Restart the NetScaler instance.
Delete a NetScaler instance
If you do not want to use a NetScaler instance, you can delete that instance by using the Management Service. Deleting an instance permanently removes the instance and its related details from the database of the SDX appliance.

To start, stop, delete, or restart a NetScaler instance

  1. On the Configuration tab, in the navigation pane, click NetScaler Instances.
  2. In the NetScaler Instances pane, select the NetScaler instance on which you want to perform the operation, and then click Start or Shut Down or Delete or Reboot.
  3. In the Confirm message box, click Yes.

Removing NetScaler Instance Files

You can remove any NetScaler instance files, such as XVAs, builds, documentation, SSL keys or SSL certificates, from the appliance.

To remove NetScaler instance files

  1. On the Configuration tab, in the navigation pane, expand NetScaler Configuration, and then click the file that you want to remove.
  2. In the details pane, select the file name, and then click Delete.

Applying the Administration Configuration

At the time of provisioning a NetScaler VPX instance, the Management Service creates some policies, instance administration (admin) profile, and other configuration on the VPX instance. If the Management Service fails to apply the admin configuration at this time due to any reason (for example, the Management Service and the NetScaler VPX instance are on different subnetworks and the router is down or if the Management Service and NetScaler VPX instance are on the same subnet but traffic has to pass through an external switch and one of the required links is down), you can explicitly push the admin configuration from the Management Service to the NetScaler VPX instance at any time.

To apply the admin configuration on a NetScaler instance

  1. On the Configuration tab, in the navigation pane, click NetScaler.
  2. In the details pane, under NetScaler Configuration, click Apply Admin Configuration.
  3. In the Apply Admin Configuration dialog box, in Instance IP Address, select the IP address of the NetScaler VPX instance on which you want to apply the admin configuration.
  4. Click OK.