Implementing Citrix NetScaler 10.5 for App and Desktop Solutions Training

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The objective of Implementing Citrix NetScaler 10.5 for App and Desktop Solutions is to provide the foundational concepts and skills necessary to implement, configure, secure, and monitor a Citrix NetScaler system with NetScaler Gateway in a desktop virtualization environment such as one containing Citrix XenDesktop 7.x or Citrix XenApp, while providing secure application and data access to users. This course is designed specifically for learners who have limited or no previous NetScaler experience. In order to successfully complete this course, learners will have access to hands-on exercises within a virtual lab environment. An optional module on NetScaler SDX appliances is included with reinforcement simulation exercises.

This course is based on the Citrix NetScaler 10.5 product, but the skills and fundamental concepts learned are common to earlier product versions.

This course is recommended for learners who are:

  1. New to the NetScaler platform
  2. Interested in integrating NetScaler Gateway with Citrix XenDesktop or Citrix XenApp

This course prepares you for 1Y0-253: Implementing Citrix NetScaler 10.5 for App and Desktop Solutions exam, a requirement for Citrix Certified Associate- Networking (CCA-N) certification. All students will receive a voucher to take the exam at no cost.

  1. Identify the capabilities and functionality of the NetScaler.
  2. Explain basic NetScaler network architecture.
  3. Obtain, install, and manage NetScaler licenses.
  4. Identify the capabilities and functionality of NetScaler Gateway.
  5. Explain how SSL is used to secure the NetScaler.
  6. Configure authentication for users on the NetScaler Gateway.
  7. Implement authorization to determine to which resources users have access.
  8. Configure the NetScaler for high availability.
  9. Integrate NetScaler Gateway with Storefront or Web Interface to provide remote access for Web, SaaS and mobile apps.
  10. Implement load balancing and GSLB on the NetScaler system.
  11. Customize the NetScaler system for traffic flow and content-specific requirements.
  12. Configure endpoint analysis to determine the level of access for specific devices.
  13. Enable access to applications and data for user connections.
  14. Demonstrate monitoring and reporting through native NetScaler logging tools.
  15. Configure NetScaler Insight Center to monitor a desktop virtualization environment.
  16. Employ recommended tools and techniques to troubleshoot common NetScaler network and connectivity issues.
  17. Identify the unique capabilities and functionality of the NetScaler SDX platform.
  18. Identify the networking characteristics of the NetScaler SDX platform.
  19. Explain the process of provisioning and administration of NetScaler VPX instances on a NetScaler SDX appliance.
  1. Getting Started
    1. Getting Started
    2. Introduction to Citrix NetScaler
    3. NetScaler Functionality
    4. NetScaler Overview
    5. Product Features
    6. Hardware Platforms
    7. Hardware Components
    8. nCore Configuration Architecture
    9. Deployment Scenarios
    10. NetScaler Gateway Overview
    11. NetScaler Gateway Platforms
    12. Initial NetScaler Access
    13. NetScaler Licenses
    14. NetScaler Gateway Licensing
    15. To Install the NetScaler Gateway License
    16. NetScaler Gateway Pre-Installation Checklist
    17. Replacing Securing Gateway
    18. Configuring NetScaler Gateway for First-time Use
    19. Settings Configuration
    20. End-User Access with the FQDN
    21. Configuration Testing
    22. Name Service Providers Configuration
    23. Performing an Upgrade
    24. Save the Configuration
  2. Basic Networking
    1. Basic Networking
    2. OSI Networking Model
    3. NetScaler Architecture Overview
    4. NetScaler-owned IP addresses
    5. Network Topology
    6. NetScaler Gateway Deployment
    7. NetScaler Network Interfaces
    8. Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs)
    9. IP Address Routing
    10. Mac-based Forwarding Mode
    11. Determining the Source IP Address
    12. Link Aggregation
  3. High Availability
    1. High Availability
    2. High Availability Functionality
    3. High Availability Node Configuration
    4. Propagation and Synchronization
    5. High Availability Management
    6. Upgrading a High Availability Pair
    7. High Availability Issues
    8. High Availability Pair in Different Subnets
    9. Adding a Remote Node
    10. To Add a Remote Node for Independent Network Computing Mode
  4. Basic Load Balancing
    1. Basic Load Balancing
    2. Load Balancing Basics
    3. Entity Management
    4. Server Creation
    5. Service Monitoring
    6. Services Configuration Overview
    7. Virtual Server Creation
    8. Binding Services or Service Groups to a Virtual Server
    9. Traffic Types
    10. Default Monitors
    11. Built-In Monitors
    12. Monitor Parameters
    13. Creating Monitors
    14. HTTP Monitoring
    15. Extended Application Verification (EAV) Monitoring
    16. Extended Content Verification (ECV) Monitoring
    17. HTTP-ECV and TCP-ECV Monitoring Process
    18. Reverse Condition Monitoring
    19. Setting Monitor Thresholds
    20. Custom Monitors
    21. XenDesktop Delivery Controller Monitoring
    22. StoreFront Store Monitoring
    23. TFTP Server Monitoring
    24. Load Balancing Methods
    25. Service Weights
    26. Persistence and Persistence Connections
    27. Load Balancing Configuration Protection
    28. Load Balancing Wizards
    29. Disabling Services
    30. Graceful Shutdown of Services
    31. Removing Services
    32. Configuration Verification
    33. The Load Balancing Visualizer
  5. Securing NetScaler
    1. Securing NetScaler
    2. SSL
    3. SSL Session Process
    4. Features and Benefits
    5. Offload Performance
    6. Digital Certificates
    7. SSL Administration
    8. SSL Offload Overview
    9. Deployment Scenarios
    10. Citrix Recommendations for SSL
    11. SSL Renegotiation Attack
    12. SSL Troubleshooting
    13. SSL Offload Troubleshooting
  6. AppExpert Classic Policy Engine
    1. AppExpert Classic Policy Engine
    2. Policies Overview
    3. Policies and Profile Configuration
    4. Policies Creation
    5. Traffic Policies
    6. Authentication and Authorization
    7. Authentication and Authorization
    8. System and AAA User Groups
    9. Local Accounts
    10. External Authentication
    11. External Authentication for System Users
    12. NTLMV2 Authentication
    13. Configuration of Command Policies for Delegating Administrators
    14. Custom Command Policy Configuration for Delegated Adminstrators
    15. Authentication Configuration
    16. Authentication Types Supported on NetScaler
    17. Default Global Authentication Types Configuration
    18. Local Users Configuration
    19. Authentication Policies
    20. LDAP Authentication Policies
    21. RADIUS Authentication Policies
    22. Client Certificate Authentication Configuration
    23. Smart Card Authentication Configuration
    24. To Disable Authentication
    25. Authentication, Authorization, and Auditing (AAA) Issues
  7. Access Policies
    1. Access Policies
    2. Endpoint Analysis
    3. Endpoint Policies
    4. Pre-Authentication Policies
    5. Pre-Authentication Policies and Profiles
    6. Security Pre-Authentication Expressions Configuration of End-User Devices
    7. Operating System Policies Configuration
    8. Antivirus, Firewall, Internet Security, or Anti-Spam Expressions Configuration
    9. To Configure a Client Service Scan
    10. Security Checks Configuration
    11. To Configure Process Policies
    12. File Scan Policies Configuration
    13. To Configure a Session or Pre-Authentication Policy to Check for a File on the End User Device
    14. Registry Policies Configuration
    15. To Configure a Registry Policy
    16. To Create a Sample Pre-Authentication Scan
    17. Custom Expressions Configuration
    18. To Bind Pre-Authentication Policies
    19. Post-Authentication Policies
    20. End-User Logon Options Evaluation
    21. Quarantine Groups
    22. Endpoint Analysis Troubleshooting
  8. End User Access and Experience
    1. End User Access and Experience
    2. Connection Methods
    3. Secure Tunnel Establishment
    4. Network Firewalls and Proxies
    5. Secure Tunnel Termination
    6. NetScaler Gateway Plug-in Support
    7. Software Firewalls
    8. NetScaler Gateway Plug-In Integration with Citrix Receiver
    9. Citrix Receiver Home Page
    10. NetScaler Gateway Plug-In Selection for End-Users
    11. NetScaler Gateway Plug-In Deployment, Upgrading, and Removal from Active Directory
    12. Client Ports
    13. NetScaler Gateway Plug-in Connection Configuration
    14. End User Connections Proxy Support Enablement
    15. Session Policies
    16. Credential Passing
    17. Configuring the Default Home Page for SSL VPN and Clientless VPN Connections
    18. Timeout Settings
    19. Split Tunneling
    20. Timeout Settings Configuration
    21. Client Cleanup
    22. Single Sign-on Configuration
    23. Client Interception
    24. To Configure Name Service Resolution
    25. Access Interface Configuration
    26. Clientless Access
    27. Domain Access Configuration for End Users
    28. SharePoint Site
    29. Clientless Access Settings Using Web Interface
    30. Client Choices Page Configuration
    31. Access Scenario Fallback Configuration
    32. NetScaler Gateway Advanced Concepts
  9. Integrating NetScaler Gateway with XenApp and XenDesktop
    1. Integrating NetScaler Gateway with XenApp and XenDesktop
    2. NetScaler Gateway Prerequisites
    3. Firewall Rules
    4. StoreFront Services Deployment
    5. Beacons
    6. Enabling Access Method Fallback with Policies
    7. SSL Certificate Trust
    8. Session Policies
    9. Session Profile Creation
    10. Custom Clientless Access Policies Configuration for StoreFront Services
    11. XenApp and XenDesktop Addition to a Single Site
    12. XenMobile Platform Overview
  10. AppExpert Default Policy Engine
    1. Understanding Policies
    2. Understanding Packet-Processing Flow
    3. Policy Process Evaluation Flow
    4. Identifying Default Policy Expressions
    5. Actions
    6. Configuring Policies and Actions
    7. Understanding Bind Points
    8. Understanding Policy Labels
    9. Pattern Sets
    10. Typecasting
    11. Responder, Rewrite, and URL Transformation
    12. Responder Policies
    13. Responder Actions
    14. Respond With
    15. Responder HTML Page Imports
    16. Rewrite Policies
    17. Configure a Rewrite Action
    18. Binding Policies
  11. Global Server Load Balancing
    1. Global Server Load Balancing
    2. GSLB Deployment Methods
    3. GSLB Concepts
    4. GSLB Entities
    5. GSLB DNS Methods
    6. Metric Exchange Protocol
    7. Implementing GSLB
    8. Viewing and Configuring GSLB with the Visualizer
    9. Configuration Site-to-Site Communication
    10. RPC Node Password
    11. Encryption of Site Metrics Exchange
    12. Source IP Address for an RPC Node
    13. GSLB Site Communication Example
    14. Customizing the GSLB Configuration
    15. Changing the GSLB Method
    16. GSLB Persistence
    17. Using Dynamic Weights for Services
    18. Monitoring GSLB Services
    19. Binding Monitors to a GSLB Service
    20. Monitoring GSLB Sites
    21. Protecting the GSLB Setup Against Failure
    22. Responding with an Empty Address Record When in the DOWN State
    23. Backup IP Address Configuration for a GSLB Domain
    24. Implementing GSLB Failover for Disaster Recovery
  12. Monitoring and Management
    1. Monitoring and Management
    2. Monitoring Needs
    3. Monitoring Methods
    4. AppFlow on the NetScaler System
    5. HDX Insight
    6. NetScaler Log Management
    7. Troubleshooting Resources
    8. Troubleshooting Tools
    9. Display NetScaler System Information
  13. Troubleshooting
    1. Labs-only module covering 4 Troubleshooting Scenarios
Class Materials

Each student in our Live Online and our Onsite classes receives a comprehensive set of materials, including course notes and all the class examples.

Class Prerequisites

Experience in the following is required for this Networking class:

  • Familiarity with application delivery and cloud networking.
  • Experience with Citrix desktop virtualization technologies, such as XenDesktop and XenApp.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Windows Server 2012.
  • 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 Windows Server networking concepts, such as DNS, IIS®, and load balancing.
  • Exposure to basic system administration concepts, including logging, software upgrade procedures, and high availability operations.
  • Familiarity with server monitoring tools.
  • Basic understanding of VPN concepts, including SSL encryption and certificates.
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