Citrix NetScaler 12.x Essentials and Traffic Management

Course information
Price: Please Call
Day(s): 5
Course Code: CNS-220
GTC: 35 Incl. VAT
Delivery Method: Company Event

Overview

Designed for students with little or no previous NetScaler experience,  the primary objective of the Citrix NetScaler Essentials and Traffic Management course is to provide the foundational concepts and skills necessary to implement, configure, secure, monitor, optimize, and troubleshoot a Citrix NetScaler system for application delivery. To reinforce learning objectives in this course students will work through exercises such as configure advanced load balancing and GSLB on a NetScaler, customize the NetScaler for traffic flow and content-specific requirements, and employ recommended tools and techniques to troubleshoot common NetScaler issues within a virtual lab environment. 

The content is based on version 11 of the Citrix NetScaler product, but the skills and fundamental concepts learned are common to earlier product versions.

Note: it is not recommended to take both this five-day Citrix NetScaler Essentials and Traffic Management (CNS-220) and the five-day Citrix NetScaler Essentials and Unified Gateway (CNS-222), as these courses share the same first three days of content

Part 1: NetScaler Essentials (Days 1-3) (CNS-218)

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) (CNS-219)

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.

Company Events

These events can be delivered exclusively for your company at our locations or yours, specifically for your delegates and your needs. The Company Events can be tailored or standard course deliveries.

Pre-Requisites

Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • CNS-102 -NetScaler Overview

Content

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 Specified

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

Objectives

After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Identify the functionality and capabilities of the NetScaler
  • Explain basic NetScaler network architecture
  • Obtain, install, and manage NetScaler licenses
  • Explain 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

Target Audience

Individuals interested in learning how to implement and manage the advanced NetScaler features using leading practices.

Certification

Recommended as preparation for the following exams:

  • In addition to field experience, this course helps prepares candidates for the 1Y0-351: Citrix NetScaler 10.5 Essentials for Networking exam.By passing the 1Y0-351: Citrix NetScaler 10.5 Essentials for Networking exam, candidates will gain the Citrix Certified Professional – Networking (CCP-N) certification.

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Course description

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Dates for all Delivery Methods
Date & Location Language Ver Delivery Method
December
18 Dec - 22 Dec, 2017 London - Old Broad Street Public Classroom
18 Dec - 22 Dec, 2017
Virtual Training
Virtual Learning
18 Dec - 22 Dec, 2017 Leeds Public Classroom
January
15 Jan - 19 Jan, 2018 London - Old Broad Street Public Classroom
15 Jan - 19 Jan, 2018
Virtual Training
Virtual Learning
15 Jan - 19 Jan, 2018
Birmingham
Public Classroom
February
26 Feb - 02 Mar, 2018
Manchester - Embankment Business Park
Public Classroom
26 Feb - 02 Mar, 2018 London - Old Broad Street Public Classroom
26 Feb - 02 Mar, 2018
Virtual Training
Virtual Learning
26 Feb - 02 Mar, 2018 Leeds Public Classroom
May
14 May - 18 May, 2018 London - Old Broad Street Public Classroom
14 May - 18 May, 2018
Virtual Training
Virtual Learning
14 May - 18 May, 2018 Wokingham Public Classroom
14 May - 18 May, 2018 Leeds Public Classroom

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