Citrix NetScaler 10 Essentials and Networking

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Description

The objective of the Citrix NetScaler 10 Essentials and Networking course is to provide the foundation concepts and advanced skills necessary to implement, configure, secure, monitor, optimize, and troubleshoot a Citrix Netscaler system from within a networking framework. 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.
This course is based on the Citrix NetScaler 10.0 product, but the skills and fundamental concepts learned are common to earlier product versions.

Certification Preparation
The CNS-205-1 course prepares learners for the A28 Citrix NetScaler 10 Essentials and Networking exam, a requirement for the NetScaler 10 Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) certification.

Audience
This course is recommended for learners* who are: 

  • New to the NetScaler platform
  • Currently networking professionals

Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, learners are able to:

  • Identify the capabilities and functionality of the NetScaler
  • Explain basic NetScaler network architecture
  • Obtain, install, and manage NetScaler licenses
  • Explain how SSL is used to secure the NetScaler
  • Implement NetScaler TriScale Technology, including Clustering
  • Configure advanced load balancing and GSLB on the NetScaler system
  • 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

Course Outline
Getting Started

  • NetScaler Overview
  • Introduction tthe NetScaler System
  • NetScaler Functionality
  • NetScaler Operating System Overview
  • Hardware Platforms
  • Hardware Components
  • Planning a NetScaler Deployment
  • Deployment Scenarios
  • TriScale
  • NetScaler Configuration
  • Logging in tthe NetScaler System
  • NetScaler Licenses

Basic Networking

  • OSI Networking Model
  • NetScaler Architecture Overview
  • Packet Forwarding
  • NetScaler-Owned IP Addresses
  • NetScaler IP Address
  • Sending a Client IP Address tServers
  • Virtual Local Area Networks
  • Network Address Translation

Basic Load Balancing

  • Load Balancing Basics
  • Configure Basic Load Balancing
  • Services Configuration Overview
  • Virtual Servers Creation
  • Services Bound ta Virtual Server
  • Configuration Verification
  • Load-Balancing Methods
  • Service Weights
  • Session Persistence Methods
  • Service Level Monitors

High Availability

  • High Availability Functionality
  • High Availability Node Configuration
  • Propagation and Synchronization
  • High Availability Management

Policies and Expressions

  • Policies Overview
  • Policy Basics
  • Basic Policy Components
  • About Policy Bindings
  • Policy Priorities
  • Hypertext Transfer Protocol
  • Expression Structures
  • Wildcards
  • Context-Sensitive Fields
  • Simple Expressions
  • Compound Expressions
  • Advanced Policy Conversion

Content Switching

  • Introduction tContent Switching
  • Understanding Content Switching
  • Configure a Load-Balancing Setup for Content Switching
  • Content-Switching Policies
  • Content-Switching Rule Precedence Without Priority Specified
  • Content-Switching Rule Precedence With Priority Specified 

Connection Tuning

  • IPv6
  • DNS and the NetScaler
  • IP Routing
  • Link Load Balancing
  • SIP Load Balancing
  • Custom Load
  • Persistence and Persistence Connections
  • Load-Balancing Configuration Protection
  • Load-Balancing Setup Management
  • Traffic Management

Global Server Load Balancing

  • GSLB Deployment Methods
  • GSLB Concepts
  • GSLB DNS Methods
  • Implementing Static GSLB
  • Metric Exchange Protocol
  • Configuring Site-to-Site Communication
  • Customizing the GSLB Configuration
  • GSLB Persistence
  • Monitoring GSLB Services
  • Protecting the GSLB Setup Against Failure
  • Implementing GSLB Failover for Disaster Recovery

Clustering

  • Features supported by Clustering
  • How Clustering Works
  • Cluster Synchronization
  • Cluster Connections
  • Cluster Communication Interfaces
  • Striped and Spotted IP Addresses
  • Traffic Distribution
  • Cluster and Node States
  • NetScaler Cluster Set up
  • NetScaler Cluster Traffic Distribution Mechanisms
  • NetScaler Cluster Management
  • NetScaler Cluster Troubleshooting

Security and Authentication

  • SSL
  • SSL Administration
  • SSL Keys
  • Digital Certificates
  • Certificate Signing Request
  • SSL Certificates
  • Certificate Generation
  • Certificate Key Pairs
  • NetScaler System Communication
  • Front-end SSL
  • Front-end SSL_TCP
  • Securing Traffic 
  • SSL_Bride
  • SSL Termination Points
  • SSL Offload
  • Configuring SSL Offload
  • Advanced SSL Settings
  • Hardware Compliance
  • Authentication Setup
  • AAA for Traffic Management
  • SAML 2.0 Consumer Support
  • Enhanced NTLMv2 Support
  • Authentication Policy Creation
  • Single Sign-on Setup
  • LDAP Authentication
  • Detailed Access Control Lists Configuration
  • Extended Access Control Lists
  • Creation and Removal of Access Control Lists
  • SYN, SSL Renegotiation, TLS Man-in-the-Middle, and DoS Protection
  • Client Traffic Management Based on Traffic Rate

Rewrite, Responder, and URL Transformation

  • Understanding Packet Processing Flow
  • Understanding Policies
  • Policy Process Evaluation Flow
  • Identifying Advanced Policy Expressions
  • Actions
  • Understanding Bind Points
  • Understanding Policy Labels
  • Pattern Sets
  • Typecasting
  • Rewrite, Responder, and URL Transform
  • Configuring Rewrite Policies and Actions
  • Configuring Responder Policies and Actions
  • Configuring URL Transformation Policies and Actions

Optimizing Traffic

  • Introduction tCompression
  • Integrated Caching
  • Reverse-Proxy-Cache Configuration
  • Content Groups
  • Cache Selectors and Policies
  • Caching Static and Dynamic Content
  • Request and Response Process Flow
  • Cache Policies and Cache Expressions
  • Action Analytics
  • Evaluation Order
  • Built-In Policies
  • Graceful Cache Configuration Changes
  • Cache Content Groups
  • FlashCache
  • Caching Management
  • AppExpert Templates 
  • Terminology
  • Methodology

Advanced Monitoring

  • Monitoring Needs
  • Simple Network Management Protocol
  • Dashboard
  • Citrix Command Center
  • Reporting Tools
  • NetScaler Log Management
  • Audit Logging
  • Configuring NetScaler for Audit Logging
  • Configuring an Audit Logging Server
  • Global Auditing Parameters
  • Configuring Auditing Policies
  • Monitoring Methods
  • Reporting Tools
  • Monitoring Needs
  • Simple Network Management Protocol
  • TConfigure SMNPv1 and SMNPv2
  • AppFlow on the NetScaler
  • AppFlow Collectors and EdgeSight Monitoring
  • AppFlow Actions and EdgeSight Monitoring
  • Third-Party Collectors

Troubleshooting

  • Troubleshooting Methodology
  • Troubleshooting Resources
  • Troubleshooting Tools
  • Troubleshooting Network Issues
  • Troubleshooting Hardware Issues
  • Load Balancing Issues
  • Authentication, Authorization, and Access (AAA) Issues
  • SSL Troubleshooting
  • SSL Offload Troubleshooting
  • Policy Troubleshooting
  • High Availability Troubleshooting