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Implementing NetScaler VPX™ Second Edition

Book Description

Implement the new features of Citrix NetScaler 11 to optimize and deploy secure web services on multiple virtualization platforms

About This Book

  • Implement the new features of Citrix NetScaler 11 to optimize and deploy secure web services on multiple virtualization platforms

  • Enrich your networking skills utilizing the new features of AAA by following the instructions to optimize network traffic

  • A step-by-step guide that will show you how to work with the latest NetScaler, 11, by implementing its new features using sample scenarios and real-world examples

  • In Detail

    With a large demand for responsive websites and availability of services, IT administrators are faced with an ever-rising need for services that are optimized for speed. NetScaler VPX is a software-based virtual appliance that provides users with the comprehensive NetScaler feature set. Implementing apps and cloud-based services is much easier with its increased service performance and integrated security features.

    This book will give you an insight into all the new features that NetScaler VPX™ has to offer. Starting off with the basics, you will learn how to set NetScaler up and configure it in a virtual environment including the new features available in version 11, such as unified gateway and portal theme customization. Next, the book will cover how to deploy NetScalar on Azure and Amazon, and you will also discover how to integrate it with an existing Citrix infrastructure. Next, you will venture into other topics such as load balancing Microsoft and Citrix solutions, configuring different forms of high availability Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB), and network optimization. You will also learn how to troubleshoot and analyze data using NetScaler's extensive array of features.

    Finally, you will discover how to protect web services using an application firewall and will get to grips with other features such as HTTP, DOS, and AAA.

    What You Will Learn

  • Configure different VPN solutions and learn about ICA Proxy, Unified Gateway and SSL VPN

  • Set up load balancing for SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, SQL and other Citrix components

  • Gain insights into traffic management with NetScaler, Wireshark, and Citrix Insight

  • Protect your web services with an application firewall, HTTP, DOS, and AAA

  • Optimize traffic using front-end optimization, caching, and compression

  • Deploy a high availability environment

  • Use NetScaler in public cloud providers such as Azure or Amazon

  • Advance your network knowledge of TCP and SSL optimization

  • Who This Book Is For

    This book is for Citrix administrators who are just getting started with NetScaler, have some basic networking skills This book does not require prior experience of NetScaler.

    Style and approach

    This easy-to-follow guide is full of detailed step-by step-instructions on how to implement the key components in NetScaler, using real-world examples and sample scenarios.

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    Table of Contents

    1. Implementing NetScaler VPX™ Second Edition
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Implementing NetScaler VPX™ Second Edition
      3. Credits
      4. About the Author
      5. About the Reviewer
        1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers, and more
          1. Why subscribe?
          2. Free access for Packt account holders
          3. Instant updates on new Packt books
      7. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Conventions
        5. Reader feedback
        6. Customer support
          1. Errata
          2. Piracy
          3. Questions
      8. 1. NetScaler VPX™ 11 – Basics and Setup
        1. Getting started with NetScaler®
          1. MPX
          2. SDX
          3. VPX
          4. What is new in version 11?
        2. Licensing
        3. Setup scenarios
        4. Creating our first setup
          1. Deployment on Microsoft Azure
          2. Deployment on Amazon Web Services
            1. Dashboard
            2. Reporting
            3. Configuration
        5. NetScaler® modes and features
        6. NetScaler® networking
          1. NSIP
          2. MIP
          3. SNIP
        7. Summary
      9. 2. NetScaler Gateway™
        1. Understanding the features of NetScaler Gateway
        2. Deploying ICA Proxy
          1. StoreFront integration
        3. Deploying VPN
        4. Deploying clientless access
        5. Binding the features together
        6. Unified Gateway
        7. Tuning
          1. Redirection
          2. Profiles
          3. GUI customization
        8. Testing
        9. Summary
      10. 3. Load Balancing
        1. Load balancing a generic web application
          1. Assigning weights to a service
          2. Redirect URL
        2. Logging and statistics
          1. Backup vServer and failover
        3. Load balancing StoreFront
        4. Load balancing a web interface
        5. Load balancing XML Broker
        6. Load balancing the Desktop Delivery Controller
        7. Load balancing TFTP for provisioning servers
        8. Load balancing SharePoint 2013
        9. Load balancing Lync 2013
        10. Load balancing Exchange 2013
          1. Load balancing IMAP on Exchange
        11. Load balancing MSSQL
        12. Load balancing DNS
        13. Persistency groups
        14. Summary
      11. 4. Mobilestream
        1. Compression
          1. Implementing compression policies
          2. Defining global compression settings
          3. Creating custom compression policies
          4. Testing our compression policies
        2. Caching
          1. Enabling caching
          2. Creating a content group
          3. Creating a caching policy
          4. Fine-tuning caching
        3. Frontend optimization
        4. Summary
      12. 5. Optimizing NetScaler Traffic
        1. Tuning for virtual environments
        2. TCP tuning
        3. SSL tuning
        4. HTTP/2 and SPDY
        5. Summary
      13. 6. High Availability
        1. Setting up high availability
          1. Setting up high availability across different subnets
        2. Redundant Interface Sets
        3. Clustering
        4. Global Server Load Balancing
        5. Summary
      14. 7. Security and Troubleshooting
        1. Protecting services in NetScaler
        2. HTTP DoS protection
        3. Access lists
        4. Protecting services using NetScaler AppFirewall™
        5. Using AppFlow® to monitor traffic with NetScaler Insight Center™
        6. Analyzing issues using Citrix Insight Services
        7. Traffic analysis with NetScaler® tools and Wireshark
          1. Analyzing encrypted content with Wireshark
        8. Summary
      15. 8. AAA Application Traffic
        1. Setting up an AAA vServer
          1. Authentication policy
          2. Authorization policy
          3. Authentication profiles
          4. Troubleshooting AAA and setting up audit policies
          5. Audit policies
        2. Summary
      16. Index