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Citrix NetScaler Essentials and Traffic Management (CNS-220)

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Detailed Course Outline

Part 1: Days 1-3 (SubCode CNS-218)

Getting Started

  • Explain NetScaler capabilities and functionality.
  • Introduce NetScaler architecture.
  • Discuss NetScaler hardware and components.
  • Explore deployment and licensing options.
  • Perform NetScaler setup and configuration.

Basic Networking

  • Understand the purpose of NetScaler-Owned IP Addresses.
  • Recognize the networking topologies used with NetScaler.
  • Explain the use of interfaces and VLANs during configuration.
  • Discuss the available NetScaler routing and traffic-handling modes.
  • Define Access Control Lists and how to configure them.
  • Describe the Network Address Translation feature of NetScaler.

NetScaler Platforms

  • Distinguish the hardware and use cases for the NetScaler MPX, VPX, and SDX.
  • Discuss the multi-tenant structure of the NetScaler SDX.
  • Illustrate the function and benefits of various SDX interface allocation scenarios.
  • Identify the NetScaler SDX administrative components and their use.

High Availability

  • Explain NetScaler capabilities and functionality.
  • Introduce NetScaler architecture.
  • Discuss NetScaler hardware and components.
  • Explore deployment and licensing options.
  • Perform NetScaler setup and configuration.

Load Balancing

  • Describe the NetScaler load-balancing process and the role of entities.
  • Identify the different load-balancing and monitoring options available on the NetScaler.
  • Define the different traffic types that can be load balanced.
  • Explain how monitoring and service options can be customized.
  • Understand third-party load-balancing services on NetScaler.
  • Distinguish the methods used to protect and troubleshoot a NetScaler load-balancing configuration.

SSL Offload

  • Define SSL and how SSL Offload works.
  • Explain the process of creating and uploading SSL Certificates.
  • Demonstrate the creation of SSL virtual servers.
  • Identify common SSL deployments.
  • Describe some SSL Exploits and some of the NetScaler configuration settings that can prevent them.

Securing the NetScaler

  • Define authentication, authorization, and auditing.
  • Describe how to configure authentication and authorization on NetScaler.
  • Identify the components and steps required to secure a NetScaler configuration.
  • Summarize the use and benefits of Admin Partitions.

Monitoring and Troubleshooting

  • Identify NetScaler Log issues.
  • Monitor the NetScaler environment with Simple Network Management Protocol data.
  • Leverage AppFlow, Command Center, and Insight features within the NetScaler environment.
  • Utilize NetScaler troubleshooting tools.

Part 2: Days 4-5 (SubCode CNS-219)

AppExpert Classic Policy Engine

  • Understand the basics of the NetScaler classic policy engine.
  • Describe the NetScaler content-filtering feature and how to configure it.

AppExpert Default Policy Engine

  • Describe Default Policy including basic components.
  • Discuss the syntax of Default Policy expression.
  • Utilize Actions in policy expression evaluation.
  • Distinguish key attributes of policy binding and bind types.
  • Construct and manage Default Policies with AppExpert.

Rewrite, Responder, and URL Transform

  • Describe what the Rewrite feature of NetScaler does and explain how it works.
  • Discuss the functionality of Responder policies and how to configure them.
  • Apply the benefits of using URL Transformation.

Content Switching

  • Explain Content Switching and how it works.
  • Discuss the importance of a Content-Switching VServer.
  • Distinguish what Content-Switching policies are and how to use them.
  • Understand what rule precedence is and the way it affects policies.


  • Implement traffic compression in a NetScaler environment.
  • Understand the benefits of caching in a NetScaler environment.
  • Utilize Front End Optimization to render the web browser more efficient.

Global Server Load Balancing

  • Describe the Global Server Load Balancing feature.
  • Deploy Domain Name System to support GSLB.
  • Implement GSLB in a NetScaler environment.
  • Utilize Content Switching to implement GSLB.
  • Understand GSLB Metric Exchange Protocol and Monitoring.
  • Customize the GSLB Configuration.

Clustering (Optional)

  • Understand the NetScaler Clustering feature.
  • Identify methods for managing and configuring a NetScaler Cluster.
  • Discuss options for troubleshooting the NetScaler Cluster.

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