Setting up a Hardware Appliance is the kind of task one would want to see go smoothly. I have had great history with the NetScalers and CloudBridges, and wanted to share a couple ‘How To’ videos and my thoughts on the procedure.
The NetScalers are generally balanced with feature parity between HTTP Web User Interface and Command Line Interface. Wizards, Upgrade Steps, AppExpert Templates, and Single-Package-Upgrades are WebUI values for the installer. The units also start out with a default IP set for management as 192.168.100.1. On the MPX NetScaler this is the default NSIP and the NS UI is listening there. On the SDX Appliance this is the Service Virtual Machine’s IP and the SVM UI is also listening there. I can take either flavor of MPX/SDX Appliance and it is waiting patiently for my instructions on 192.168.100.1:80, and this goes for the CloudBridge 2000,3000, 4000, & 5000 units as well.
All installers develop some process or superstition, and keeping uniformity helps highlight the details. I always start with setting my LapTop to 192.168.100.x/24 and plug my Ethernet into the Management port 0/1. When the HTTP WebUI is available, I then change my NSIP and set a SNIP, or use the SVM UI to provision the SDX’s instances. Depending on my work plan, I may open some telnet and console as well, but I generally start with the WebUI and knock out the baseline tasks, leaving the console cable in my bag.
My friends in the NetScaler TME Lab shared a SDX11500 with me to capture this ‘How To VODCast’ on my style of install: http://www.citrix.com/tv/#videos/8837. I pretty much follow the Quick Install Guide, so it is not off the familiar path. (Install guide – eDocs: http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/topic/ns-reference-map-10-1/netscaler-qsg-wrapper-con.html or direct:http://support.citrix.com/servlet/KbServlet/download/34752-102-703919/NS-QuickStartSDX11500-13500-14500-16500-18500-20500-Guide.pdf.)
My friends in the CloudBridge TME Lab shared a ClousBridge3000 with me to capture this ‘How To VODCast’ on my style of install: http://www.citrix.com/tv/#videos/9303. I again follow the Quick Install Guide, so it is not off the familiar path. (Install guide – eDocs: http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/topic/cb-hardware-map/cb-sw-conf-cb-appl-tsk.html or direct: http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX137949.)