The objective of the Citrix NetScaler 10.5 Essentials and Networking course is to provide the foundational concepts and advanced skills necessary to implement, configure, secure, monitor, optimize and troubleshoot a Citrix NetScaler system from within a networking framework.  This course is designed specifically for learners who have limited or no previous NetScaler experience.

In order to successfully complete this course, learners will have access to hands-on exercises within a virtual lab environment. An optional module on NetScaler SDX appliances is included with reinforcement simulation exercises.

Audience: This course is recommended for learners who are new to the NetScaler platform or currently networking professionals.
Course Duration: 5 days
Course Objectives:
  • Identify the capabilities and functionality of the NetScaler
  • Explain basic NetScaler network architecture
  • Obtain, install, and manage NetScaler licenses
  • Explain how SSL is used to secure the NetScaler
  • Implement NetScaler TriScale Technology, including Clustering
  • Configure advanced load balancing and GSLB on the NetScaler system
  • Optimize the NetScaler system for traffic handling and management
  • Customize the NetScaler system for traffic flow and content-specific requirements
  • Demonstrate monitoring and reporting through native NetScaler logging tools
  • Employ recommended tools and techniques to troubleshoot common NetScaler network and connectivity issues
  • Identify the unique capabilities and functionality of the NetScaler SDX platform
  • Identify the networking characteristics of the NetScaler SDX platform
  • Explain the process of provisioning and administration of NetScaler VPX instances on a NetScaler SDX appliance
Course Outline:
  • Getting Started
    • Introduction to the NetScaler System
    • NetScaler Functionality
    • NetScaler Overview
    • Product Features
    • NetScaler Operating System Overview
    • Hardware Platforms
    • Hardware Components
    • nCore Configuration Architecture
    • Deployment Scenarios
    • Logging in to the NetScaler System
    • NetScaler Licenses
    • Performing an Upgrade

 

  • Basic Networking
    • OSI Networking Model
    • NetScaler Architecture Overview
    • NetScaler-Owned IP Addresses
    • Network Topology
    • NetScaler Network Interfaces
    • Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs)
    • IP Routing
    • Determining the Source IP Address
    • Packet Forwarding
    • Use Source IP Mode
    • Client-IP HTTP Header Insertion
    • Path MTU Discovery
    • Link Aggregation
    • Network Address Translation (NAT)

 

  • High Availability
    • High Availability Functionality
    • High Availability Node Configuration
    • Propagation and Synchronization
    • High Availability Management

 

  • Securing NetScaler

 

  • NetScaler System Communication
    • Access Control Lists
    • Access Control List Configuration
    • Detailed Access Control List Configuration
    • Users, Groups, and Command Policies
    • External Authentication for System Users
    • Authentication, Authorization, and Auditing (AAA) Issues
    • Authentication Troubleshooting

 

  • Basic Load Balancing
    • Load Balancing Basics
    • Entity Management
    • Server Creation
    • Services Configuration Overview
    • Virtual Server Creation
    • Binding Virtual Servers to Services or a Service Group
    • Traffic Types
    • Service Monitoring
    • Persistence and Persistence Connections
    • Load-Balancing Configuration Protection
    • Advanced Services Options
    • Maintaining of Client Connection for Multiple Client Requests
    • Specified Source IP Addresses for Back-End Communication Using Network Profiles
    • Disabling Services
    • Graceful Shutdown of Services
    • Removing Services
    • Configuration Verification
    • The Load-Balancing Visualizer
    • Configuring Load Balancing for DataStream
    • Link Load Balancing
    • Configuration of Sessionless Load-Balancing Virtual Servers
    • Load-Balancing Issues
    • Use of Telnet or Monitors to Check Ports

 

  • SSL Offload
    • SSL
    • SSL Session Process
    • Feature and Benefits
    • Offload Performance
    • Digital Certificates
    • SSL Administration
    • SSL Offload Overview
    • Deployment Scenarios
    • Citrix Recommendations for SSL
    • SSL Renegotiation Attack
    • SSL Troubleshooting
    • Intermediate Certificate Not Linked

 

  • Global Server Load Balancing
    • GSLB Deployment Methods
    • GSLB Concepts
    • GSLB Entities
    • GSLB DNS Methods
    • Metric Exchange Protocol
    • Implementing GSLB
    • Viewing and Configuring GSLB with the Visualizer
    • Configuring Site-to-Site Communication
    • RPC Node Password
    • Encryption of Site Metrics Exchange
    • Source IP Address for an RPC Node
    • GSLB Site Communication Example
    • Customizing the GSLB Configuration
    • Changing the GSLB Method
    • GSLB Persistence
    • Using Dynamic Weights for Services
    • Monitoring GSLB Services
    • Binding Monitors to a GSLB Service
    • Monitoring GSLB Sites
    • Protecting the GSLB Setup Against Failure
    • Responding with an Empty Address Record When DOWN
    • Backup IP Address Configuration for a GSLB Domain
    • Implementing GSLB Failover for Disaster Recovery

 

  • AppExpert Classic Policy Engine
    • Policies Overview
    • Expression Structures
    • Content Filtering
    • Content Filtering Actions
    • Content Filtering Rules

 

  • AppExpert Default Policy Engine
    • Understanding Packet-Processing Flow
    • Understanding Policies
    • Policy Process Evaluation Flow
    • Identifying Default Policy Expressions
    • Actions
    • Understanding Bind Points
    • Understanding Policy Labels
    • Pattern Sets
    • Typecasting
    • Rewrite, Responder, and URL Transformation

 

  • Rewrite, Responder and URL Transform
    • Configuring Rewrite Policies and Actions
    • Responder Actions
    • Respondwith
    • Responder Action for Timeouts
    • Responder Policies
    • Responder HTML Page Imports
    • Binding Policies
    • URL Transformation
    • URL Transformation Actions
    • Binding of URL Transformations

 

  • Content Switching
    • Introduction to Content Switching
    • Understanding Content Switching
    • Content Switching Based on Network Characteristics
    • Content-Switching Virtual Servers and Load-Balancing Virtual Servers
    • Configuring Content-Switching Virtual Servers
    • Configure a Load-Balancing Setup for Content Switching
    • Content-Switching Policies
    • Binding Content-Switching Policies
    • Content-Switching Rule Precedence Without Priority Specified
    • Content-Switching Rule Precedence with Priority Specified
    • Configuring Content Switching for DataStream

 

  • Optimizing Traffic
    • Introduction to Compression
    • Action Analytics
    • AppExpert Templates
    • Terminiology
    • Deploying NetScaler for an Application
    • Application Example
    • AppExpert Template Deployment

 

  • Clustering
    • How Clustering Works
    • Cluster Synchronization
    • Cluster Connections
    • Cluster Communication Interfaces
    • Striped and Spotted IP Addresses
    • Traffic Distribution
    • Cluster and Node States
    • NetScaler Cluster Set Up
    • NetScaler Cluster Traffic Distribution Mechanisms
    • To Configure a Cluster Link Aggregation Group Statically
    • Dynamic Configuration for a Cluster Link Aggregation Group
    • NetScaler Cluster Management
    • NetScaler Cluster Troubleshooting

 

  • Monitoring and Management
    • Monitoring Needs
    • NetScaler Log Management
    • Simple Network Management Protocol
    • To Configure SMNPv1 and SMNPv2
    • AppFlow on the NetScaler System
    • AppFlow Collectors and EdgeSight Monitoring
    • AppFlow Actions and EdgeSight Monitoring Responder Policies
    • Third-Party Collectors
    • Network Traffic Capture using NSTRACE
    • Troubleshooting with Filter Expressions
    • Decoding SSL Traffic with Wireshark
    • Display NetScaler System Information

 

  • Addendum: Citrix NetScaler 10.1 Essentials for SDX Appliances
    • Identify the Unique Capabilities and Functionality of the NetScaler SDX Platform
    • Identify the Networking Characteristics of the NetScaler SDX Platform
    • Explain the Process of Provisioning and Administration of NetScaler VPX Instances on a NetScaler SDX Appliance