After provisioning NetScaler instances on one or more NetScaler SDX appliances, you can create a cluster of NetScaler instances. The nodes of the cluster can be NetScaler instances on the same SDX appliance or on other SDX appliances that are available on the same subnet.
- To set up a cluster, you must understand NetScaler clustering. For more information, see Clustering.
- For clusters that have NetScaler instances across SDX appliances, Citrix recommends that you use NetScaler instances from three SDX appliances. This ensures that the cluster criteria of a minimum of (n/2 +1) nodes is always satisfied.
- From NetScaler 10.5 onwards, jumbo frames are not supported on a NetScaler cluster that is made up of NetScaler SDX instances.
- You cannot create L3 clusters of SDX instances.
Figure 1. Cluster of SDX NetScaler instances
The above figure shows three SDX appliances, SDX1, SDX2, and SDX3, on the same subnet. The NetScaler instances on these appliances are used to form two clusters: Cluster1 and Cluster2.
- Cluster1 includes two instances on SDX1.
- Cluster2 includes one instance on SDX1, two instances on SDX2, and another two instances on SDX3.
Points to remember
- All nodes of a cluster must be of the same type. You cannot form a cluster of hardware and virtual appliances, nor a cluster of VPX NetScaler instances and SDX NetScaler instances.
- The NetScaler instances must be of the same version, which must be version 10.1 or later.
- The NetScaler instances must all have the same feature license.
- No configurations can be updated on individual NetScaler instances after they are added to the cluster. All changes must be performed through the cluster IP address.
- The NetScaler instances must all have the same resources (memory, CPU, interfaces, and so on).
- Cluster link aggregation is not supported on a cluster of SDX appliances.