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CNS-220 Citrix NetScaler Essentials and Traffic Management

Course Overview

The primary focus of this 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.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for Network Administrators/Engineers, Citrix Administrators, Operations Engineers, Systems Administrators/Engineers and Cloud Administrators/Engineers who are new to the NetScaler platform.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, learners will 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
  • Demonstrate monitoring and reporting through native NetScaler logging tools
  • 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

    Course Outline

    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

    2 - 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)

    3 - 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

    4 - 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

    5 - 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

    6 - 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

    7 - Securing the NetScaler

    • NetScaler Communication Ports
    • Overview of AAA
    • Authentication on the NetScaler
    • NetScaler Users
    • Command Policies
    • Admin Partitions

    8 - 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

    9 - AppExpert Classic Policy Engine

    • Policies Overview
    • Expression Structures
    • Content Filtering
    • Content Filtering Actions
    • Content Filtering Rules

    10 - 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

    11 - 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

    12 - 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

    13 - 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

    14 - Optimizing Traffic

    • Introduction to Compression
    • Frontend Optimization
    • Surge Queue
    • TCP Optimization
    • HTTP Optimization

    15 - 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

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    Price: $5,000.00
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