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Initial NetScaler Setup – NSIP

Step Description Screenshot
Click on the Console button to get access to the VM console
Your NetScaler should be finished initializing and prompting for an IPv4 Address as part of the first run wizard

Provide an appropriate free IP address, subnet and default gateway from your local network

Once the details are entered type ‘4’ to save and quit and press enter to execute

The NetScaler will perform a quick, warm reboot

Note: In this guide we will use the following details for the NSIP

IP address: 192.168.1.50

Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 (also known as /24)

Default Gateway (internet router): 192.168.1.254

However you should use an appropriate IP address, netmask and gateway for your network and specific configuration. If you are unsure consult with your network administration team.

After reboot it will return to the login: prompt

Enter ‘nsroot’ as the username

Enter ‘nsroot’ as the password

These are the default NetScaler username and password

Once successfully authenticated

type ‘show ip’ and press return

Note: This command will show you all IP addresses registered on the active NetScaler

Tip: the NetScaler recognises short versions of the same command (provided it’s unique) for example the command ‘sh ip’ will also work

Type ‘shell’ and press return

Type ‘ifconfig’ and press return

Note: you can use the shell to perform more traditional BSD based Linux commands like ifconfig, route, ping, traceroute

Open your internet browser and point to the newly added NSIP of your NetScaler

Enter ‘nsroot’ as the username

Enter ‘nsroot’ as the password

Click enable or skip on the Citrix User Experience Improvement Program window
Welcome to the first time setup config page of the NetScaler GUI

Note: This page shows you that you have already set a NetScaler IP address (NSIP) which can be used for management of the NetScaler device, however you still need to set your DNS, Time Zone, Hostname, SNIP and to add licenses

Click on the Subnet IP Address section of the NetScaler GUI
Enter a Subnet IP as appropriate for your environment

Then click Done

Note: In this guide we will use the following details for the SNIP

IP address: 192.168.1.51

Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0 (also known as /24)

Default gateway (internet router): 192.168.1.254

However you should use an appropriate IP address, netmask and gateway for your network and specific configuration. If you are unsure consult with your network administration team

Note: A NetScaler will use its NSIP as a management IP address. It will utilise the Subnet IP address (SNIP) to communicate with back end servers etc on that specific assigned subnet

Click Host Name, DNS IP Address and Time Zone section of the NetScaler GUI
Enter the following details as appropriate for your configuration

Hostname

DNS IP Address

Time Zone

Then click Done

Note: In this guide we will use the following details for the Hostname, DNS and TimeZone

Hostname: ns1

DNS IP Address: 192.168.1.11 & 192.168.1.12 (the IP addresses of my singular Active Directory LDAP servers)

Time Zone: GMT+ 00:00-GMT-Europe/London

However you should use an appropriate IP address, netmask and gateway for your network and specific configuration. If you are unsure consult with your network administration team

Click Yes
The Initial Configuration of the NetScaler is complete

 

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