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CTX_CNS-222 Citrix NetScaler Essentials & Unified Gateway

The objective of this course is to provide the foundational concepts and teach the skills necessary to deploy, secure and manage a Citrix NetScaler system with NetScaler Gateway in a desktop virtualization environment. This course is designed specifically for students who have limited or no CNS-207: Implementing Citrix NetScaler product, but the skills and fundamental concepts learned are common to earlier product versions. Students will have access to hands-on exercises within a virtual lab environment.

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Learning Objectives

In this course, students can expect to learn how to:

  • Identify the functionality and capabilities of the NetScaler
  • Explain basic NetScaler network architecture
  • Obtain, install, and manage NetScaler licenses
  • Explain how SSL is used to secure the NetScaler
  • Customize the NetScaler system for traffic flow and content-specific requirements.
  • Implement NetScaler TriScale technology, including clustering.
  • Identify the functionality and characteristics of the NetScaler SDX platform.
  • Configure Authentication and Authorization.
  • Create Access Policies.
  • Define End User Access and Experience.
  • Integrate NetScaler Gateway with XenApp and XenDesktop.
  • Integrate NetScaler Gateway with other resources (Unified Gateway).
  • Monitor and Manage the NetScaler environment.
  • Employ recommended tools and techniques to troubleshoot common NetScaler network and connectivity issues.


Before taking this course, Citrix recommends that students have the following:

  • Understanding of basic networking concepts (routing, switching, VLAN, firewall functionality)
  • Familiarity with application delivery and cloud networking
  • Experience with Citrix virtualization technologies, such as XenDesktop and XenApp
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Windows Server
  • Experience with Microsoft SQL Server or enterprise database servers
  • Experience with Active Directory and Group Policy Basic understanding of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services
  • Basic understanding of Windows Server networking concepts, such as DNS, IIS®, and load balancing
  • Exposure to basic system administration concepts, including logging, software upgrade procedures, and high availability operations
  • Familiarity with server monitoring tools
  • Basic understanding of VPN concepts, including SSL encryption and certificates.

Course Content

  • Introduction to the NetScaler System
  • Basic Networking
  • NetScaler Platforms
  • High Availability
  • Load Balancing
  • SSL Offload
  • Securing the NetScaler
  • Monitoring, Management, and Troubleshooting
  • Authentication and Authorization
  • Access Policies o Endpoint Analysis
  • End-User Access and Experience
  • Gateway Services Load Balancing
  • Integrating NetScaler with XenApp and XenDesktop
  • Unified Gateway
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