Citrix NetScaler

Installing NetScaler VPX 10.5 on VMware Workstation 11

Hi folks. Its been a while since I posted on here due to work commitments but now that I have a lot more spare time I hope to post a bit more :) 

In this post I am going to cover deploying a NetScaler VPX device using VMware Workstation 11.  VMware workstation is a brilliant tool which can be used for setting up home lab environments without having to deploy an actual server.  Luckily you can deploy a Citrix NetScaler VPX device to most popular virtualisation hypervisors on the market today.  The current supported solutions are:

  • VMware ESX (including Workstation)
  • XenServer
  • Hyper-V
  • KVM
  • DSD

So lets go ahead and get this set up and running. 

1) Head over to Citrix and download the required products. You can download them from here http://www.citrix.com/downloads/netscaler-adc/virtual-appliances.html

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2) Select the required download and unzip it to a safe location

3) In our instance since we are deploying using VMware Workstation we would use the .OVF file to import the appliance into VMware Workstation

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4) When you import the appliance you will be asked to provide the name that you wish to call the appliance in VMware Workstation

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5) Click the Import button and then it should be imported successfully

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6) After successful import we need to power on the device so we can perform the required configuration to get up and running

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7) When prompted you need to enter the static IP configuration required for network connectivity. After performing the configuration Press 4 to Save the configuration

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8) The NetScaler will now initialise ready to accept HTTP connections

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9) You should now successfully be able to connect to the management console using the IP details you just configured

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10)  To log into the device you use the default username and password which is nsroot/nsroot.  It is recommended to change the default username and password at your earliest convenience. After logging in you can then perform additional configuration which we will cover in later posts.

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2 Comments on “Installing NetScaler VPX 10.5 on VMware Workstation 11

  1. Thanks for the great article. But i have some questions if possible. The netscaler needs 2 network adapters if i am correct . How did you setup your network .

    I want an internal Dhcp server that assigns 10.10.10.2 and my Adsl route that assigns a Dhcp IP. Is that possible.

    thanks for the help.

  2. As per my info , this IP is just NSIP to access /Manage NS. after that you can configure accordingly the SNIP/VIP

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