Citrix NetScaler Essentials and Traffic Management

The course has been completely redeveloped and improves upon CNS-205: Citrix NetScaler Essentials and Networking via the following:

  • Improved course structure and flow to focus on NetScaler essentials for the first 3 days, and traffic management for the remaining 2.

  • A new lab environment, redesigned and built for enhanced performance.

  • Incorporated course feedback that has been gathered over the last year.

  • New content introduced throughout the course.

Part 1: NetScaler Essentials (Days 1 - 3)
Learn the skills required to implement NetScaler components including secure Load Balancing, High Availability, and NetScaler Management. At the end of the course students will be able to configure their NetScaler environments to address traffic delivery and management requirements including load balancing, availability, and NetScaler operation management.

Part 2: NetScaler Traffic Management (Days 4-5)
Learn the skills required to configure and manage NetScaler Traffic Management features, including Content Switching, Traffic Optimization, and Global Server Load Balancing. At the end of the course students will be able to configure their NetScaler environments to address efficient traffic switching and resilience requirements including content switching, traffic optimization, and disaster recovery.

Course Outline

Part 1

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

Part 2

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 Specifiedery

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


Designed for students with little or no previous NetScaler experience, this course is best suited for individuals who will be deploying or managing NetScaler environments.