CTX-1735 Citrix NetScaler 8.1: Operations, Administration and Advanced Features

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Overview

This course prepares administrators and other IT professionals to successfully deploy, administer, and configure Citrix NetScaler 8.1.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, learners are able to perform the following: -
  • Identify Citrix NetScaler products, hardware platforms and hardware components
  • Identify common deployment scenarios and deployment considerations
  • Identify NetScaler system installation requirements
  • Describe the installation process
  • Log in to the NetScaler system
  • Identify NetScaler system
  • owned IP addresses
  • Upgrade system software
  • Manage licenses
  • Enable features
  • Manage administration accounts
  • Configure high availability
  • Create servers and services
  • Configure health checks
  • Create load balancing virtual servers
  • Enable persistence
  • Configure advanced load balancing options
  • Identify common SSL deployments
  • Create, upload and bind certificates
  • Configure advanced SSL offload options
  • Configure policy engine expressions
  • Bind content filter actions
  • Configure compression policies
  • Create and bind content switching virtual servers and policies
  • Configure auditing
  • Configure client IP address insertion
  • Configure monitoring using the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
  • Configure Global Server Load Balancing
  • Configure advance load balancing
  • Understand Advanced Policy Engine expressions
  • Configure responder and rewrite features
  • Secure the NetScaler system communication
  • Configure monitoring with SNMP
  • Implement troubleshooting procedures

Audience

This course is intended for system administrators or network operations personnel, who configure and administer Citrix NetScaler products.

Syllabus

Introducing and Deploying Citrix NetScaler

  • Citrix NetScaler Functions and Features
  • NetScaler Product Line
  • Deployment Scenarios

Performing an Initial Installation and Configuration

  • Installation Requirements
  • NetScaler System Installation
  • Initial Configuration

Performing Basic Administration

  • NetScaler Administrative Tools
  • NetScaler Management

Configuring High Availability

  • Introduction to High Availability
  • HA Node Configuration
  • HA Management

Configuring Load Balancing

  • Introduction to Load Balancing
  • Service Monitoring
  • Load Balancing Virtual Servers
  • Advanced Load Balancing Options
  • Service and Virtual Server Management

Configuring SSL Offload

  • SSL and Digital Certificates
  • SSL Offload
  • Server Certificates
  • SSL Deployment Decisions
  • Front-End SSL with Backend HTTP
  • Front-End SSL with Backend SSL
  • Front-End SSL_TCP with Backend TCP
  • SSL Administration

Configuring Policy Engine Expressions

  • Introduction to Policies
  • Policy Types and Their Uses
  • Expression Structures
  • Policy Syntax

Configuring Content Filtering

  • Introduction to Content Filtering
  • Filter Actions

Configuring Compression

  • Compression Benefits
  • Compression Policies
  • Associated Compression Actions

Configuring Content Switching

  • Introduction to Content Switching
  • Content Switching Virtual Servers
  • Content Switching Policies

Auditing and Logging

  • Syslog and Nslog Auditing
  • Client IP Address Insertion
  • NetScaler Log Management

Monitoring

  • Simple Network Management Protocol
  • SNMPv1 and SNMPv2
  • SNMPv3
  • Statistical Utility
  • Monitoring Tool

Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB)

  • Understanding the GSLB architecture
  • Reviewing DNS and GSLB concepts
  • Configuring traditional GSLB implementation
  • Configuring proximity based GSLB implementation

Advanced Policy Engine

  • Understanding Advanced Policy Engine
  • Understanding elements of a policy

Responder and Rewrite Features

  • Understanding responder and rewrite features
  • Understanding processing flow with responder and rewrite
  • Configuring basic policies and actions
  • Understanding actions in detail
  • Configuring Advanced Policy Engine processing: banks and targets

Advanced Load Balancing Topics

  • Understanding load balancing
  • Configuring extended content verification monitors
  • Understanding token and hashing based load balancing
  • Understanding sessionless load balancing

Monitoring the NetScaler using Simple Network Management Protocol

  • Reviewing SNMP basics
  • Polling SNMP statistics on the NetScaler system using Multi Router Traffic Grapher (MRTG)

Securing the NetScaler

  • Securing NetScaler system communication
  • Creating Access Control Lists
  • Securing the NetScaler system using RPCNode
  • Configuring external authentication

Advanced Troubleshooting

  • Reviewing NetScaler overview
  • Understanding Nsconmsg and newnslog commands
  • Understanding nstrace command
  • Understanding statistics in the CLI
  • Understanding statistics in the Dashboard

Training provider

Teaching mode: Classroom - Instructor Led
Duration: 5 days
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