Getting Started with NetScaler 12 Essentials

This course will teach you to become proficient with NetScaler and prepare for the CCA-N exam. After covering some pre-implementation items, you'll get started with lab environment demos and configuration options based on both VMware ESXi and Azure.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Jul 3, 2018
Duration
2h 13m
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Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Jul 3, 2018
Duration
2h 13m
Description

NetScaler is a complex product, and the purpose of this course is to break down the extensive capabilities into bite-sized, easy to consume pieces. The contents of this course will get you going with not just the mechanics of NetScaler but a real understanding. In this course, Getting Started with NetScaler 12 Essentials, you'll learn the basics of NetScaler while setting up your lab environment and performing initial configuration steps. First, you'll get an overview of Application Delivery Controller, Gateway, Management, and Analytics System. Next, you'll discover how to set up a lab environment, whether on-prem or in the cloud, as well as some of the “gotchas” you may encounter. Finally, you'll explore the criteria for making the best decision about which NetScaler product is most suitable for specific circumstances, taking into account usage requirements, functionality, network, and security. By the end this first course in the series, you’ll have a basic understanding of NetScaler and a functional lab setup in place. I hope you’ll join me on this journey to get started with NetScaler 12 at Pluralsight.

About the author
About the author

Jo Harder has been involved with virtualization technologies for nearly 20 years, since the days of WinFrame/MetaFrame and the infancy of hypervisors. She started her technical career at Citrix in 1999, where she became a Senior Architect. Her 11-year tenure included a combination of Citrix Consulting and Technical Readiness roles. Post Citrix, Jo has taken on positions focused on consulting services and hosting provider services, as well as the creation of technical materials for various audiences. Starting in February 2015, she has been a Citrix Technology Professional awardee each year.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi, my name is Jo Harder, and welcome to the first course in the NetScaler Essentials series. I've been working with Citrix technologies for nearly 20 years, and I've been awarded Citrix Technology Professional for the past 4 years. This getting started course will enable you to learn the basics of NetScaler while setting up your lab environment and performing initial configuration steps. NetScaler is a complex product, and the purpose of this course is to break down the extensive capabilities into bite-sized, easy to consume pieces. The contents of this course will get you going with not just the mechanics of NetScaler, but a real understanding. We'll cover these topics. First, an overview of application delivery controller, gateway, and management and analytic system. Then, we'll set up a lab environment, whether you choose to do so on-prem or in the cloud, I'll show you both, as well as some of the gotchas you may encounter. Then, we'll talk about criteria for making the best decision about which NetScaler product is most suitable for specific circumstances, as well as where to place it within your environment. We'll take into account usage requirements, functionality, network, security, and much more. By the end of this course in the series, you'll have a basic understanding of NetScaler, and a functional lab setup in place. I hope you'll join me on this journey to get started with NetScaler 12, at Pluralsight.

Selecting the Right NetScaler Product
So far, you've had an overview of the NetScaler Application Delivery Controller, the NetScaler Unified Gateway, as well as NetScaler Management & Analytics System. Now we have to select the right NetScaler product for your environment. It sounds like that should be easy, but it's not, because there are quite a few variables and options. First, we have to consider what is the best product for your requirements, and then we have to consider licensing. Again, as we crisscross all of the options that are available, it's not as easy as you might think. So let's dive into a few sample scenarios in order to help you understand this. Which NetScaler product should I purchase for my three use cases? It's an it depends answer. Take a look at your requirements. For example, do you need a hardware solution or a software solution? If you're going with cloud, you could only choose the VPX. Take a look at your budget. How much can you afford, what are the options associated with that? Your feature set. Your base requirements, as well as where you think you may be in the future comprise the features that you require.

Deploying a New NetScaler
We've now completed three modules in the course. This last module, Deploying a New NetScaler, is focused on the additional configuration items that need to be addressed before we're ready for full deployment. So let's get started. In this module, we'll talk about the initial setup and configuration, and then we'll go through administration, security, and some other critical settings. So let's dive into Initial Setup and Configuration. But isn't NetScaler setup all wizard based at this point? We do have wizards in certain places that allow the initial configuration to go that much faster, but that's only for some of the settings. For most of it, we need to know what to be able to configure where; and even more importantly, we have a number of different fields within the NetScaler UI. Sometimes you're presented with quite a few fields and it's only pertinent to address some of them and not all of them, and sometimes you need to address all of them, but we're going to go through a lot of that, and again, help you to understand that. You still need to know what to configure where, and that's what we'll help you with. So far, we've installed the NetScaler VPX both on a server, in our case, on a VMware hypervisor. We've also installed it in Azure. We've licensed it and we validated or assigned the NSIP, the SNIP, and the VIP.