Citrix NetScaler Essentials & Traffic Management

Introduction

This course has been completely redeveloped and improves upon its predecessor CNS-205: Citrix NetScaler Essentials and Networking in the following ways:

 

  • Improved course structure and flow to focus on Citrix NetScaler Essentials for the first three
  • days, and Citrix Traffic Management for the remaining two days
  • New lab environment redesigned and built for enhanced performance
  • Incorporated enhancements based on feedback gathered over the last year
  • New content introduced throughout the course

Audience

This course is intended to participants who need to implement and manage NetScaler features using best practices :

  • Administrators
  • Implementers / Engineers
  • Architects

Prerequisites

Before attending this course, partcipants should have:

 

  • Experience with Windows and Linux Server administration
  • Experience with Citrix virtualization technologies, such as XenDesktop and XenApp
  • Experience with Microsoft SQL Server or enterprise database servers
  • Experience with Active Directory and Group Policy
  • Basic understanding of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services
  • Basic understanding of VPN concepts, including SSL encryption and certificates

At course completion

After completing this course, participants will be able to :

 

  • Comprehend basic NetScaler network architecture
  • Obtain, install, and manage NetScaler licenses
  • Understand 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
  • 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

Exams

Citrix Certified Associate – Networking (CCA-N) : 1Y0-253

Course outline

Module 1: Getting Started

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to the NetScaler SystemTriScale
  • Lesson 2: NetScaler Use Cases o NetScaler Functionality
  • Lesson 3: NetScaler Overview
  • Lesson 4: Product Features
  • Lesson 5: NetScaler Operating System Overview
  • Lesson 6: Core Configuration Architecture
  • Lesson 7: NetScaler File system
  • Lesson 8: Deployment Scenarios
  • Lesson 9: Logging in to the NetScaler System
  • Lesson 10: NetScaler Licenses

Module 2: Basic Networking

  • Lesson 1: OSI Networking Model
  • Lesson 2: NetScaler Architecture Overview
  • Lesson 3: NetScaler-Owned IP Addresses
  • Lesson 4: Network Topology
  • Lesson 5: NetScaler Network Interfaces
  • Lesson 6: Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs)
  • Lesson 7: IP Routing
  • Lesson 8: Determining the Source IP Address
  • Lesson 9: Packet Forwarding
  • Lesson 10: Use Source IP Mode
  • Lesson 11: Client-IP HTTP Header Insertion
  • Lesson 12: Path MTU Discovery
  • Lesson 13: Link Aggregation
  • Lesson 14: Access Control Lists
  • Lesson 15: Network Address Translation (NAT)

Module 3 : NetScaler Platforms

  • Lesson 1: Architecture and General Concepts
  • Lesson 2: Hardware Platforms
  • Lesson 3: Hardware Components
  • Lesson 4: MPX Overview
  • Lesson 5: VPX Overview
  • Lesson 6: CPX Overview
  • Lesson 7: SDX Overview

Module 4 : High Availability

  • Lesson 1: High Availability Functionality
  • Lesson 2: High Availability Node Configuration
  • Lesson 3: Propagation and Synchronization
  • Lesson 4: Failover, Route Monitors, Fail Safe
  • Lesson 5: Propagation, Synchronization
  • Lesson 6: High Availability Management
  • Lesson 7: Performing an Upgrade
  • Lesson 8: Troubleshooting
  • Lesson 9: Upgrading HA pair

Module 5 : Load Balancing
 

  • Lesson 1: Local Load Balancing concepts
  • Lesson 2: Naming conventions
  • Lesson 3: Persistence
  • Lesson 4: Service Types
  • Lesson 5: LB Methods
  • Lesson 6: Disabling Entities
  • Lesson 7: Diagnostics/Troubleshooting
  • Lesson 8: L4 vs L7 for TCP services
  • Lesson 9: UDP ping vs L7
  • Lesson 10: Monitor attributes
  • Lesson 11: Built in L7 monitors
  • Lesson 12: Monitors from Scripts
  • Lesson 13: EAV Monitors
  • Lesson 14: ECV Monitors
  • Lesson 15: DataStream

Module 6 : SSL Offload

  • Lesson 1: SSL and TLS
  • Lesson 2: SSL Session Process
  • Lesson 3: SSL Administration
  • Lesson 4: SSL Offload Overview
  • Lesson 5: SSL Attacks Overview
  • Lesson 6: SSL Troubleshooting
  • Lesson 7: Cipher Suites
  • Lesson 8: Certificate Management
  • Lesson 9: Feature and Benefits
  • Lesson 10: Offload Performance
  • Lesson 11: Deployment Scenarios
  • Lesson 12: Citrix Recommendations for SSL

Module 7 : Securing the NetScaler

  • Lesson 1: NetScaler Communication Ports
  • Lesson 2: Overview of AAA
  • Lesson 3: Authentication on the NetScaler
  • Lesson 4: NetScaler Users
  • Lesson 5: Command Policies
  • Lesson 6: Admin Partitions

Module 8 : Monitoring, Management, and Troubleshooting

  • Lesson 1: Monitoring Needs
  • Lesson 2: NetScaler Log Management
  • Lesson 3: Simple Network Management Protocol
  • Lesson 4: AppFlow on the NetScaler System
  • Lesson 5: NetScaler Insight Overview
  • Lesson 6: NetScaler Command Center Overview
  • Lesson 7: Network Traffic Capture using NSTRACE
  • Lesson 8: Troubleshooting with Filter Expression
  • Lesson 9: Decoding SSL Traffic with Wireshark
  • Lesson 10: Display NetScaler System Information

Module 9 : Authentication and Authorization

  • Lesson 1: System and AAA Users Groups
  • Lesson 2: External Authentication
  • Lesson 3: Authentication Actions and Policies
  • Lesson 4: Authentication Configuration
  • Lesson 5: Supported Authentication Types

Module 10 :  Access Policies

  • Lesson 1: Endpoint Analysis
  • Lesson 2: Policy, Profiles, and Expressions
  • Lesson 3: Pre-Authentication Policies and Profiles
  • Lesson 4: Post-Authentication Policies
  • Lesson 5: Endpoint Analysis Troubleshooting

Module 11 : End-User Access and Experience

  • Lesson 1: Connection Methods
  • Lesson 2: Endpoint Session Policies Settings
  • Lesson 3: Timeout Settings
  • Lesson 4: RDP Proxy
  • Lesson 5: Clientless Access
  • Lesson 6: VLAN Options

Module 12 : Gateway Services Load Balancing

  • Lesson 1: SSL Offload Overview
  • Lesson 2: Traffic Types
  • Lesson 3: Ldap, HDX, StoreFront Load Balancing
  • Lesson 4: Extended Content Verification (ECV) Monitoring

Module 13 : Integrating NetScaler with XenApp and XenDesktop

  • Lesson 1: Required Firewall Rules
  • Lesson 2: Web Interface or StoreFront Integration with NetScaler Gateway
  • Lesson 3: WebFront Overview
  • Lesson 4: Session Policies

Module 14 : Unified Gateway

  • Lesson 1: NetScaler Unified Gateway Overview
  • Lesson 2: NetScaler Unified Gateway Reference Architecture Review
  • Lesson 3: Unified Gateway Key Features
  • Lesson 4: Unified Gateway Topologies