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Citrix NetScaler VPX: hardware requirements, license management and technical documentation
Posted by PaweĊ‚ Gazda on 01.12.2015 21:01

Citrix NetScaler VPX is an all-in-one web application delivery controller that makes applications run five times better, reduces web application ownership costs, optimizes the user experience, and makes sure that applications are always available by using advanced L4-7 load balancing and traffic management; proven application acceleration such as HTTP compression and caching; an integrated application firewall for application security; and server offloading to significantly reduce costs and consolidate servers.

As an undisputed leader of service and application delivery, Citrix NetScaler solutions are deployed in thousands of networks around the globe to optimize, secure and control the delivery of all enterprise and cloud services.

Minimum hardware requirement for NetScaler VPX:

  • processor requirements: Dual core server with Intel VTx or AMD-V,
  • memory available: 2 GB RAM, 20 GB hard drive,
  • hypervisor: Citrix XenServer 5.6 or later, VMWare ESX/ESXi 3.5 or later, Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V,
  • connectivity: 100 Mbps minimum, 1 Gbps recommended,
  • a network interface card compatible with the hypervisor.

Oktawave OCI hardware recommendation: v1.standard-2.2 | 2 VCPU, 2 GB RAM or higher.


Installing the license

To install a license file by using the configuration utility.

  1. In a web browser, type the IP address of the NetScaler (for example, http://192.168.100.1).
  2. In User Name and Password, type the administrator credentials.
  3. On the Configuration tab, navigate to System > Licenses.
  4. In the details pane, click Manage Licenses.
  5. Click Add New License, then select Upload license files from a local computer.
  6. Click Browse. Navigate to the location of the license files, select the license file, and then click Open.
  7. Click Reboot to apply the license.
  8. In the Reboot dialog box, click OK to proceed with the changes, or click Close to cancel the changes.

To install the licenses by using the command line interface.

  1. Open an SSH connection to the NetScaler by using an SSH client, such as PuTTY.
  2. Log on to the NetScaler by using the administrator credentials.
  3. Switch to the shell prompt, create a license subdirectory in the nsconfig directory, if it does not exist, and copy the new license file(s) to this directory.

Example:

login: nsroot
Password: nsroot
Last login: Mon Aug 4 03:37:27 2008 from 10.102.29.9
Done
> shell
Last login: Mon Aug 4 03:51:42 from 10.103.25.64
root@ns# mkdir /nsconfig/license
root@ns# cd /nsconfig/license

Copy the new license file(s) to this directory. Note: The NetScaler appliance does not prompt for a reboot option when you use the command line interface to install the licenses. Run the reboot -w command to warm reboot the system, or run the reboot command to reboot the system normally.

 

Verifying the licensed features

Before using a feature, make sure that your license supports the feature.

To verify the licensed features by using the command line interface:

  1. Open an SSH connection to the NetScaler by using an SSH client, such as PuTTY.
  2. Log on to the NetScaler by using the administrator credentials.
  3. At the command prompt, enter the b command to display the features supported by the license.

Example:

sh ns license
License status:
      Web Logging: YES
 Surge Protection: YES
   .......
   HTML Injection: YES
Done

To verify the licensed features by using the configuration utility:

  1. In a Web browser, type the IP address of the NetScaler, such as http://192.168.100.1.
  2. In User Name and Password, type the administrator credentials.
  3. Provide the User name and Password and click Login.
  4. In the navigation pane, expand System, and then click Licenses. You will see a green check mark next to the licensed features.

Available Citrix NetScaler VPX Trial editions:

  • Citrix NetScaler VPX Express - free 1 year license edition - up to 5 Mbps
  • Citrix NetScaler VPX Platinium - free trial, 90 days license edition - up to 1000 Mbps

Available Citrix NetScaler VPX retail editions:

  • Citrix NetScaler VPX Standard Edition – 10 Mbps, 50 Mbps, 200 Mbps, 1000 Mbps and 3000 Mbps
  • Citrix NetScaler VPX Enterprise Edition –  10 Mbps, 50 Mbps, 200 Mbps, 1000 Mbps and 3000 Mbps
  • Citrix NetScaler VPX Platinum Edition – 10 Mbps, 50 Mbps, 200 Mbps, 1000 Mbps and 3000 Mbps

To get a license for Citrix NetScaler VPX please contact customer@oktawave.com for more details.

Useful links to Citrix NetScaler VPX documentation:

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