ESXi System Requirements

To install NetScaler MAS virtual appliances on VMware ESXi, use VMware vSphere client.

Before you begin installing a virtual appliance, verify that the following requirements:

  • Install VMware ESXi version 4.1 or later hardware that meets the minimum requirements.
  • Install VMware Client on a management workstation that meets the minimum system requirements.
  • Install VMware OVF Tool (required for VMware ESXi version 4.1) on a management workstation that meets the minimum system requirements.
  • Download the NetScaler MAS set up files.

The following table lists the virtual computing resources that you need on your VMware ESXi server to install a NetScaler MAS virtual appliance.

Component Requirement

8 GB

Note: Citrix recommends that you use 32 GB for better performance.

Note: Citrix recommends that you use 8 CPUs for better performance.

120 GB

Note: Citrix recommends that you use 500 GB for better performance.

Virtual Network Interfaces

  1. Start the VMware vSphere client on your workstation.
  2. In the IP address / Name text box, type the IP address of the VMware ESXi server that you want to connect to.
  3. In the User Name and Password text boxes, type the administrator credentials, and then click Login.
  4. On the File menu, click Deploy OVF Template.
  5. In the Deploy OVF Template dialog box, in Deploy from a file or URL, browse to the location where you saved the NetScaler MAS setup files, select the .ovf file, and click Next.

Note

If a warning message appears with the following text: The operating system identifier is not supported on the selected host, check to see if the VMware server supports FreeBSD operating system. Click Yes.

6. On the OVF Template Details page, click Next.
7. Type a name for the NetScaler MAS virtual appliance, and then click Next.
8. Specify the Disk Format by selecting either Thin provisioned format or Thick provisioned format.

Note

Citrix recommends that you select Thick provisioned format.

9. Click Finish to start the installation process.

10. You are now ready to start the NetScaler MAS virtual appliance.
11. In the navigation pane, select the virtual appliance that you just installed and, from the Inventory menu, select Virtual Machine, and then select Upgrade Virtual Hardware. In the Confirm Virtual Machine dialog box, click Yes.

12. In the Inventory menu, select Virtual Machine, and then select Edit Settings.
13. In the Virtual Machine Properties dialog box, on the Hardware tab, click Memory, and then in the right pane specify the Memory Size as 8 GB.
14. Click CPUs, and then in the right pane, specify the CPUs as 4. Click OK.
15. Add an additional disk of size 500 GB.

16. In the navigation pane, select the virtual appliance that you just installed and, from the Inventory menu, select Virtual Machine, select Power, and then select Power On.
17. Select the Console tab to display the NetScaler MAS Initial Network Configuration options for specifying the host name, IPv4 address, subnet mask (Netmask), and Gateway IP address for the NetScaler MAS virtual appliance.

18. After completing the initial configuration, select the NetScaler MAS Server option to start the virtual appliance as a server.

Currently, you cannot deploy connector nodes, database nodes, and/or NetScaler MAS agents because NetScaler MAS does not support Scale-Out deployment.

19. Type Yes to deploy NetScaler MAS as a standalone deployment.

20. Type Yes to restart the NetScaler MAS server.

After the server is installed, you can access the graphical user interface (GUI) by typing the IP address of the NetScaler MAS server in the address bar of your browser. The default administrator credentials to log on to the server are nsroot/nsroot.

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