Product Documentation

Configuring an SSL-Based Virtual Server

Sep 04, 2014

Secure sessions require establishing a connection between the client and an SSL-based virtual server on the NetScaler appliance. The SSL virtual server intercepts SSL traffic, decrypts it and processes it before sending it to services that are bound to the virtual server.

Note: The SSL virtual server is marked as down on the NetScaler appliance until a valid certificate / key pair and at least one service are bound to it. An SSL based virtual server is a load balancing virtual server of protocol type SSL or SSL_TCP. The load balancing feature must be enabled on the NetScaler.

To add an SSL-based virtual server by using the command line interface

At the command prompt, type the following commands to create an SSL-based virtual server and verify the configuration:

  • add lb vserver <name> (serviceType) <IPAddress> <port>
  • show lb vserver <name>


> add lb vserver vssl  SSL 443 
> show ssl vserver vssl 
        Advanced SSL configuration for VServer vssl: 
        DH: DISABLED 
        Ephemeral RSA: ENABLED          Refresh Count: 0 
        Session Reuse: ENABLED          Timeout: 120 seconds 
        Cipher Redirect: DISABLED 
        SSLv2 Redirect: DISABLED 
        ClearText Port: 0 
        Client Auth: DISABLED 
        SSL Redirect: DISABLED 
        Non FIPS Ciphers: DISABLED 
1)      Cipher Name: DEFAULT 
        Description: Predefined Cipher Alias 

To modify or remove an SSL-based virtual server by using the command line interface

To modify the load balancing properties of an SSL virtual server, use the set lb vserver command, which is just like using the add lb vserver command, except that you enter the name of an existing vserver. To modify the SSL properties of an SSL-based virtual server, use the set ssl vserver command. For more information, see Customizing the SSL Configuration.

To remove an SSL virtual server, use the rm lb vserver command, which accepts only the <name> argument.

To configure an SSL-based virtual server by using the configuration utility

Navigate to Traffic Management > Load Balancing > Virtual Servers, create a virtual server, and specify the protocol as SSL.