The Citrix NetScaler MPX 5500 is a 1U appliance, with 1 dual-core processor, and 4 gigabytes (GB) of memory.
The following figure shows the front panel of the MPX 5500.
Figure 1. Citrix NetScaler MPX 5500, front panel
The MPX 5500 has the following ports:
- RS232 serial console port.
- Two 10/100/1000Base-T copper Ethernet management ports, numbered 0/1 and 0/2 from left to right. You can use these ports to connect directly to the appliance for system administration functions.
- Four 10/100/1000Base-T copper Ethernet ports numbered 1/1, 1/2, 1/3, and 1/4 from left to right.
Note: The network port numbers on all appliances consist of two numbers separated by a forward slash. The first number is the port adapter slot number. The second number is the interface port number. Ports on appliances are numbered sequentially starting with 1.
The following figure shows the back panel of the MPX 5500.
Figure 2. Citrix NetScaler MPX 5500, back panel
The following components are visible on the back panel of the MPX 5500:
- Four GB removable CompactFlash card that is used to store the NetScaler software.
- Power switch, which turns off power to the MPX 5500, just as if you were to unplug the power supply. Press the switch for five seconds to turn off the power.
- Removable hard-disk drive (HDD) that is used to store user data. Appliances shipped before February, 2012 store user data on a HDD. In appliances shipped after February, 2012, a solid-state drive replaces the HDD. Both types of drive have the same functionality and support the same software releases.
- USB port (reserved for a future release).
- Non-maskable interrupt (NMI) Button that is used at the request of Technical Support and produces a core dump on the NetScaler. You must use a pen, pencil, or other pointed object to press this red button, which is recessed to prevent unintentional activation.
- Power supply rated at 300 watts, 110-220 volts. The power-supply fan is designed to turn on only when the internal temperature of the power supply reaches a certain value. You cannot see the fan turning on the back panel. What you can see is the fixed part of the fan that holds the spinning motor.
For information about installing the rails, rack mounting the hardware, and connecting the cables, see "Installing the Hardware."
For information about performing initial configuration of your appliance, see "Initial Configuration."