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NetScaler 10.5 Essentials and Networking

The Citrix NetScaler 10.5 for App and Desktop Solutions course provides the concepts and training to install and configure a Citrix NetScaler load balancer and gateway in a virtualization environment such as Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.x. Leaners are strongly encouraged to build a lab environment to practice the NetScaler techniques learned in this course. This course is based on the Citrix NetScaler 10.5 product, and the fundamental concepts taught in these Nuggets are common to earlier NetScaler versions as well....
The Citrix NetScaler 10.5 for App and Desktop Solutions course provides the concepts and training to install and configure a Citrix NetScaler load balancer and gateway in a virtualization environment such as Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.x. Leaners are strongly encouraged to build a lab environment to practice the NetScaler techniques learned in this course. This course is based on the Citrix NetScaler 10.5 product, and the fundamental concepts taught in these Nuggets are common to earlier NetScaler versions as well.

Recommended skills:
  • Understanding of the OSI model
  • Basic knowledge of application and network protocols (e.g. IP, HTTP and DNS), devices, and commonly used tools
  • Basic knowledge of network management and auditing protocols (such as SNMP and SysLog)
  • Working knowledge of basic routing and layer 2 switching concepts
  • Practical experience with troubleshooting tools such as protocol analyzers (e.g. Ethereal (WireShark), and NetMon)
  • Knowledge of AAA (authentication, authorization, and accounting) protocols such as LDAP or RADIUS
  • Basic knowledge of command-line interfaces
  • Basic knowledge of VPN concepts
  • Knowledge of desktop operating systems (Windows and Mac) and desktop security concepts (e.g. antivirus software and personal firewalls)
  • Basic knowledge of XenDesktop, XenApp, XenMobile web servers, and file servers
  • Knowledge of certificate management and basic understanding of SSL

Recommended equipment:
  • Virtualized environment (Microsoft, VMware or Citrix) to implement a virtualized NetScaler (or two for fault tolerance) in a lab environment. Evaluation licenses and downloads are available directly from Citrix.com
  • Windows AD
  • Web servers to load balance across
  • Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop to practice integration between the NetScaler and those environments

Related certifications:
  • Citrix Certified Associate: Networking (CCA-N) Exam 1Y0-253

Related job functions:
  • Network administrator
  • Network engineer
  • Systems administrator
  • Sales/system engineer (SE)
  • Citrix administrator

Citrix NetScaler is a multi-functional appliance that can perform as a Layer 4-7 proxy for load balancing, as well as an SSL VPN gateway (or both). Environments that include Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop are likely to use a NetScaler as their remote access and load balancing solution.
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1. Welcome to NetScaler (2 min)
2. What's a NetScaler? (4 min)
3. Deploying NetScaler in VMware (6 min)
4. Applying an IP and License (7 min)
5. Upgrading a NetScaler (15 min)
6. NTP and Saving Configs (8 min)
7. LB Traffic Flow (10 min)
8. Static Routes (11 min)
9. High Availability (13 min)
10. Building Blocks for LB (6 min)
11. Implementing LB (15 min)
12. Using Multiple Subnets (7 min)
13. Custom Monitors (9 min)
14. RGB Pre-built Web Servers (4 min)
15. Weights and Persistence (8 min)
16. SSL/TLS Concepts (9 min)
17. Install a CA Signed Certificate (11 min)
18. Implement SSL Offload (13 min)
19. Wildcard Certificates (10 min)
20. Streamlined LB Configuration (5 min)
21. Policy Fundamentals (15 min)
22. LDAP Authentication for System Users (14 min)
23. Xen Monitors (5 min)
24. Intro to NS Gateway (12 min)
25. NS Gateway Policies (11 min)
26. Gateway LDAP Authentication (7 min)
27. Gateway User Authorization (9 min)
28. NS Gateway Split Tunneling (9 min)
29. LB Storefront Demonstration (16 min)
30. Gateway + Storefront Integration (17 min)
31. Content Switching (9 min)
32. GSLB (7 min)
33. Exam Preparation (6 min)

Welcome to NetScaler

00:00:00

My name is Keith Barker, and on behalf of the entire CBT Nuggets family, welcome to Citrix Netscaler. I'd like you to imagine that you're sitting at work and your boss walks up and says, hey, guess what. We decided that we're going to implement and deploy Netscaler, both as a load balancer, as well as an SSL VPN gateway to integrate with our network devices, as well as our Citrix XenDesktop, XenApp environment.

00:00:25

And furthermore, I'd like you to imagine, in your mind, that you don't have any exposure or experience with the Netscaler. Well. you're saying, Keith, I don't have to imagine that. I don't have any exposure or experience with the Netscaler. Have no fear.

00:00:39

In this course, what we get to do together is to install, deploy, configure, and integrate a Netscaler into a network. And, as you and I continue this journey together, in this course, we'll take a look at several the features of the Netscaler, and how to use them.

00:00:55

Now one of the challenges is there's like eleventy billion features and functions that the Netscaler can provide. So it's not reasonable to cover everything, but what I would love to do with you-- in this course-- is cover the fundamental pieces, and help you with that ramp-up period, as you get up to speed with the Netscaler.

00:01:13

So in our topology, the Netscaler can fit right here, it can also fit right here, it can also fit right here, as it provides either gateway services, or load balancing services, or both between devices in our network. So I wanted to keep this Nugget really, really short, so that you and I can jump right into the meat of this content, and that's in the very next video-- that's titled, What's a Netscaler?

00:01:36

As we go through this journey together, if you have the opportunity to build a practice lab and practice alongside of me, you can get the eval software directly from Citrix, and that includes the Netscaler, VPX, the virtual appliance, as well as Citrix XenDesktop.

00:01:52

They've got evals for both. And what I'm doing in this course is everything is running in a virtualized environment on a single computer. And I strongly encourage you, where possible, to get lots and lots of hands-on practice with this technology, as that will assist you in building those skills that could be directly applied to a production network.

00:02:11

So again, thanks for joining me for this course. I'll see you in the very next Nugget. Until then, I hope this has been informative for you and I'd like to thank you for viewing.

What's a NetScaler?

Deploying NetScaler in VMware

Applying an IP and License

Upgrading a NetScaler

NTP and Saving Configs

LB Traffic Flow

Static Routes

High Availability

Building Blocks for LB

Implementing LB

Using Multiple Subnets

Custom Monitors

RGB Pre-built Web Servers

Weights and Persistence

SSL/TLS Concepts

Install a CA Signed Certificate

Implement SSL Offload

Wildcard Certificates

Streamlined LB Configuration

Policy Fundamentals

LDAP Authentication for System Users

Xen Monitors

Intro to NS Gateway

NS Gateway Policies

Gateway LDAP Authentication

Gateway User Authorization

NS Gateway Split Tunneling

LB Storefront Demonstration

Gateway + Storefront Integration

Content Switching

GSLB

Exam Preparation

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