Virtualization - Course Details

BACNS92(CNS203) Basic Administration for Citrix NetScaler 9.2 (CNS-203)

Virtualization Course Description:
This course covers the initial configuration and administration of Citrix NetScaler 9.2. You will gain an understanding of NetScaler features such as load balancing, SSL offload, classic and advanced expressions, rate limiting, and AppExpert templates. Interactive instructor-led discussion and hands-on labs and exercises guide you through administrator tasks, preparing you to manage Citrix NetScaler 9.2 deployments.
Virtualization Course Duration:
5 DAYS
Virtualization Course Target Audience:
System administrators or network operations personnel who configure and administer Citrix NetScaler products
Virtualization Course Prerequisite:
Intermediate knowledge of TCP/IP and HTTP protocols and an understanding of the OSI model,Experience with network devices such as routers and switches, various networking protocols, and aspects of application and site architecture such as DMZ and VLANS,Moderate exposure to UNIX or Linux,Exposure to basic systems administration concepts, including logging, software upgrade procedures, and high availability operations,Familiarity with web server software such as Apache, IIS, or WebSphere,Basic knowledge of DNS, SSL, and compression concepts,Understanding of concepts related to server load balancing and content switching,Knowledge of network security threats and site protection concepts such as firewalls, worms, DDoS attacks
Course Content:

  • 1. Deploying Citrix NetScaler

    • NetScaler Request Switching
    • Product Features
    • NetScaler 9.0 Enhancements
    • Product Editions
    • Hardware Platforms
    • Hardware Components
    • Deployment Scenarios
    • Deployment Considerations
    • Network Placement Options

  • 2. Performing an Initial Configuration

    • Management Connectivity
    • NetScaler Administrative Tools
    • Using the Configuration Utility
    • Using the Command-Line Interface
    • Monitoring the NetScaler System
    • Managing System Functions through FreeBSD
    • Using Third-Party Tools
    • NetScaler System Installation
    • Logging in to the NetScaler System
    • Setting up the NetScaler System
    • Changing the Password
    • Performing Initial Configuration
    • Saving the Configuration
    • Enabling Network Time Protocol
    • NetScaler Management
    • Performing an Upgrade
    • Managing Licensing
    • Enabling NetScaler Features
    • Managing Role-Based Administration
    • NetScaler System Communication
    • Security Management
    • Securing Internal Services
    • Configuring Secure System Access

  • 3. Networking

    • Introduction to NetScaler Networking
    • NetScaler-Owned IP Addresses
    • Routing Traffic Using Layer 3 Mode
    • Switching Traffic Using Layer 2 Mode
    • Sending a Client IP Address to Servers
    • Virtual Local Area Networks
    • Network Address Translation
    • Configuring Reverse Network Address Translation
    • Access Control Lists
    • Configuring Access Control Lists
    • Link Aggregation Control Protocol

  • 4. Configuring High Availability

    • High Availability Overview
    • High Availability Node Configuration
    • Configuring Nodes
    • Verifying High Availability Status
    • Propagation and Synchronization
    • Performing a Forced Failover
    • High Availability Management
    • Failover Interface Set

  • 5. Configuring Load Balancing

    • Load Balancing Topology
    • Entity Management
    • Creating Servers
    • Creating Services
    • Creating Virtual Servers
    • Creating Entity Templates
    • Service Monitoring
    • Identifying Monitor Parameters
    • Performing HTTP Monitoring
    • Load-Balancing Methods
    • Service Weights
    • Entity Binding
    • Session Persistence
    • Other Load Balancing Options
    • Other Load Balancing Methods
    • Load Balancing Visualizer

  • 6. Monitoring and Maintaining Load Balancing

    • Load Balancing Traffic Types
    • Extended Content Verification (ECV) Monitors
    • Performing HTTP-INLINE Monitoring
    • Setting Monitor Thresholds
    • Token and Hashing-Based Load Balancing
    • Configuring Load Monitors
    • Service and Virtual Server Management
    • Troubleshooting Load Balancing

  • 7. Configuring SSL Offload

    • SSL and Digital Certificates
    • SSL Offload
    • Server Certificates
    • SSL Deployment Decisions
    • Deploying Front-End SSL with Back-End HTTP
    • Deploying Front-End SSL with Back-End SSL
    • Deploying Front-End SSL_TCP with Back-End TCP
    • Deploying SSL_BRIDGE
    • SSL Administration
    • Generating a Key
    • Generating a Certificate Signing Request
    • Generating a Certificate for Testing
    • Creating a Certkey
    • Binding a Certkey
    • Advanced SSL Settings

  • 8. Configuring Content Filtering Using Classic Policies

    • Policy Basics
    • HTTP and HTTPS Traffic
    • Expression Structures
    • Qualifiers, Operators, and Expression Values
    • Simple Expressions
    • Compound Expressions
    • Content Filtering Basics
    • Filter Actions
    • Configuring Content Filtering
    • Binding Filters

  • 9. Configuring Content Switching

    • Content Switching Overview
    • Content Switching Virtual Servers
    • Content Switching Policies
    • Binding Content Switching Policies

  • 10. Configuring Compression

    • Basics of Compression
    • Compression Parameters
    • Compression Policies
    • Configuring Compression Policies

  • 11. Auditing and Logging

    • Syslog and Nslog Auditing
    • Configuring Audit Servers
    • Configuring Global Auditing Parameters
    • Configuring Auditing Policies
    • Binding Auditing Policies
    • Viewing Audit Messages
    • NetScaler Log Management

  • 12. Monitoring

    • Simple Network Management Protocol
    • SNMPv1 and SNMPv2
    • Configuring SNMP Managers
    • Configuring the MIB System Variables
    • Configuring SNMP Community Strings
    • Configuring SNMP Traps
    • Configuring SNMP Alarms
    • SNMPv3
    • Dashboard
    • Dashboard Components
    • Navigating the Dashboard
    • Customizing the Built-In Comparative Charts Pane
    • Customizing the Group Monitoring Pane
    • Reporting Tool
    • Monitoring Tool

  • 13. Configuring Global Server Load Balancing

    • GSLB Concepts
    • Defining Metric Exchange Protocol Communication
    • GSLB Persistence
    • GSLB Site Affinity
    • DNS Concepts
    • Configuring DNS Virtual Servers
    • Configuring Service Type DNS
    • Authoritative DNS Service
    • GSLB DNS Response Options
    • GSLB Configurations
    • Implementing Traditional GSLB
    • Implementing GSLB Failover for Disaster Recovery
    • Implementing Proximity-Based GSLB
    • Configuring GSLB (Command-Line Interface)
    • Configuring GSLB Services (Configuration Utility)
    • Configuring ADNS
    • Synchronizing GSLB Configurations Automatically

  • 14. Using Advanced Policies

    • NetScaler Policy Overview
    • Packet Processing Flow
    • Policies
    • Advanced Policy Expressions
    • Advanced Policy Expression Syntax
    • Actions
    • Policy Bindings
    • Bind Points
    • Using the Policy Manager
    • Policy Labels
    • Using Pattern Sets
    • Typecasting

  • 15. Configuring Rewrite, Responder, and URL Transformation

    • Rewrite, Responder, and URL Transformation Overview
    • Packet Processing Flow
    • Basic Configurations: Policies and Actions
    • Configuring Rewrite Actions
    • Configuring Rewrite Policies
    • Responder Actions
    • Configuring Responder Policies
    • Configuring URL Transformation
    • Troubleshooting URL Transformation

  • 16. Configuring Integrated Caching

    • Integrated Caching Architecture
    • Static and Dynamic Content
    • Request and Response Process Flow
    • Cache Policies
    • Cache Policy Evaluation
    • Making Graceful Configuration Changes
    • Cache Content Groups
    • Controlling Content Aging
    • Content Group Settings
    • Enabling FlashCache
    • Setting Global Attributes
    • Managing Caching
    • Caching Examples

  • 17. Configuring Rate Limiting

    • Rate Control
    • Rate-Limiting Components
    • Configuring Rate Control
    • Rate Control Policy Scenarios

  • 18. Configuring AppExpert Templates

    • AppExpert Templates
    • Using the Application Interface
    • Planning for Applications
    • AppExpert Template Deployment
    • Viewing Application Template Statistics

  • 19. Troubleshooting the NetScaler

    • NetScaler System Overview
    • Logged Information
    • Accessing Logged Information
    • Network Traffic Capture
    • Statistics