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The primary focus of this course is to provide the foundational concepts and skills necessary
to implement, configure, secure, monitor, optimize, and troubleshoot a Citrix NetScaler
system for application delivery.


TARGET AUDIENCE:
This course is designed for Network Administrators/Engineers, Citrix Administrators, Operations Engineers, Systems Administrators/Engineers and Cloud Administrators/Engineers who are new to the NetScaler platform.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:
- Identify the functionality and capabilities of the NetScaler
- Explain basic NetScaler network architecture
- Obtain, install, and manage NetScaler licenses
- Explain how SSL is used to secure the NetScaler
- 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
- Implement NetScaler TriScale technology, including clustering
- Configure advanced load balancing and GSLB on the NetScaler system
- Identify the functionality and characteristics of the NetScaler SDX platform

COURSE OUTLINE:


Getting Started

  • Introduction to the NetScaler System
    TriScale
    NetScaler Use Cases
    NetScaler Functionality
    NetScaler Overview
    Product Features
    NetScaler Operating System Overview
    nCore Configuration Architecture
    NetScaler File system
    Deployment Scenarios
    Logging in to the NetScaler System
    NetScaler Licenses

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
    Access Control Lists
    Network Address Translation (NAT)

NetScaler Platforms

  • Architecture and General Concepts
    Hardware Platforms
    Hardware Components
    MPX Overview
    VPX Overview
    CPX Overview
    SDX Overview
    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

High Availability

  • High Availability Functionality
    High Availability Node Configuration
    Propagation and Synchronization
    Failover, Route Monitors, Fail Safe
    Propagation, Synchronization
    High Availability Management
    Performing an Upgrade
    Troubleshooting
    Upgrading HA pair

Load Balancing

  • Local Load Balancing concepts
    Naming conventions
    Persistence
    Service Types
    LB Methods
    Disabling Entities
    Diagnostics/Troubleshooting
    L4 vs L7 for TCP services
    UDP ping vs L7
    Monitor attributes
    Built in L7 monitors
    Monitors from Scripts
    EAV Monitors
    ECV Monitors
    DataStream

SSL Offload

  • SSL and TLS
    SSL Session Process
    SSL Administration
    SSL Offload Overview
    SSL Attacks Overview
    SSL Troubleshooting
    Cipher Suites
    Certificate Management
    Feature and Benefits
    Offload Performance
    Deployment Scenarios
    Citrix Recommendations for SSL

Securing the NetScaler

  • NetScaler Communication Ports
    Overview of AAA
    Authentication on the NetScaler
    NetScaler Users
    Command Policies
    Admin Partitions

Monitoring, Management, and Troubleshooting

  • Monitoring Needs
    NetScaler Log Management
    Simple Network Management Protocol
    AppFlow on the NetScaler System
    NetScaler Insight Overview
    NetScaler Command Center Overview
    Network Traffic Capture using NSTRACE
    Troubleshooting with Filter Expressions
    Decoding SSL Traffic with Wireshark
    Display NetScaler System Information
    NetScaler Command Line Tools

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 Transform

  • Configuring Rewrite Policies and Actions
    Responder Actions
    Respond with
    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
    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
    Content-Switching Rule Precedence With Priority Specified

Global Server Load Balancing

  • DNS overview and records
    GSLB Deployment Methods
    GSLB Concepts
    GSLB Entities
    GSLB DNS Methods
    Metric Exchange Protocol
    Viewing and Configuring GSLB with the Visualizer
    GSLB Persistence

Optimizing Traffic

  • Introduction to Compression
    Frontend Optimization
    Surge Queue
    TCP Optimization
    HTTP Optimization

Clustering (Optional)

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