Best practice – upgrade Netscaler

Has earlier created a video that show upgrade of Netscaler from 11.0 to 11.1. This guide is same for all type of Netscaler instance. (SDX instance, MPX or VPX)

Recommended step when you have a HA-pair:

  1. Take backup of NS config
  2. Start with passive node and upgrade
  3. After reboot, check that passive node works as expected
  4. Do a controlled failover and test ALL function
  5. When test is good, upgrade last instance
  6. Do failover again to test both instance
  7. Upgrade is finish

If you need to do this manual and not truth GUI:

    1. Run the following command to change to the default installation directory:
      cd /var/nsinstall
    2. Run the following command to create a temporary subdirectory of the nsinstall directory:
      mkdir x.xnsinstall
      Note: The text x.x is used to name the NetScaler version for future configurations.  For example, the directory for the installation files of NetScaler 11.1 will be called 11.1nsinstall.
    3.  Change to the x.xnsinstall directory:
      cd /var/x.xnsinstall
    4. Download the required installation package, such as “ns-x.0-xx.x-doc.tgz”, to the temporary directory created in Step 2
    5. Before you run the install script, the files must be extracted and placed on the appliance. Use the following command to uncompressing the bundle downloaded from Citrix website.
      tar -zxvf build-xx.x-xx.xx_nc.tgz
    6. Run the following command to install the downloaded software:
      Note: If the appliance does not have sufficient disk space to install the new kernel files, the installation process performs an automatic clean-up of the flash drive.
    7. After the installation process is complete, the process prompts to restart the appliance. Press y to restart the appliance.

Must Read Articles Before and After Upgrading NetScaler

NIC conference started!

Today is the first day of NIC 2017. Aztek is represented on the stand, if you have any question around Cloud, security or Virtualization you are welcome.

I should highlight some sessions to go on, there must be these two:

Citrix VSP in place

Finally, I have also been set aside time to complete and pass Citrix Virtualization Specialist Practicum.

Virtualization – managing and virtualizing Windows workloads via XenDesktop, XenApp, Citrix Workspace Suite, and Citrix Cloud

First setup with NVIDIA Tesla M10

Got today 2 NVIDIA Tesla M10 card to be used in a HP DL380 G9 servers at a customer.

The idea is to start with one card in each server with XenServer. To get the most out of the GPU, we will use Nvidia GRID technology (vGPU). You can read more about this here.

(Creds to the customer for very clean datacentre)

The results and details of setup comes later.

Citrix acquires Unidesk

Citrix announced during Citrix Summit that they has acquired Unidesk. Click here for the press release.

Unidesk has been recognized by customers and industry analysts as the clear leader in application layering, offering multiple unique advantages that streamline secure app delivery and VDI deployments and make them easier to manage. Unidesk will be available for all customer with active software maintenance on XenApp or XenDesktop. More Information will be available in Q1.