Thursday, October 9, 2014

Upgrading Citrix NetScaler VPX from version 10.1 to 10.5

I had to upgrade a Citrix NetScaler VPX 1000 a few months back from 10.1 to the latest release 10.5 and while the process is quite straight forward, I went ahead and captured a few screenshots to show what the process looks like.

Begin by bringing up the upgrade guide for the NetScaler version you’re upgrading to.  For this example, we’ll be using the 10.5 documentation found here: http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/topic/ns-rn-main-release-10-5-map/ns-rn-upgrade-ns-sw-10-5-con.html

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Download the NetScaler VPX nCore package from the Citrix portal:

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The package should be a tgz bundle:

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With the package downloaded, log into the VPX appliance’s web interface and click on the Upgrade Wizard… button on the main page:

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Click on the Next button on the Introduction page:

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In the Upload Software page, check the Local Computer radio button and click on the Browse button:

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Select the downloaded nCore package:

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Add or remove any licenses necessary for the NetScaler VPX:

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Check any of the two options you would like to enable and then click Next:

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Click on the Finish button to begin the upgrade:

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The upload of the package and upgrade of the appliance will now begin:

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Since I selected the automatic reboot option before commencing the upgrade, the appliance will automatically reboot upon completing.  Once the appliance has successfully rebooted, the console should now show the new version:

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If there is a secondary node, repeat the same for process.

Note that I was told during my NetScaler training that it is generally recommended to upgrade the secondary node then the primary.

4 comments:

Shishir Garde said...

Hi Terence, thanks for the wonderful post ... Would this update retain all the settings including the SSL certificates and AGEE and WI settings?

Thanks.

sorensent said...

I've got the same question as Shishir. I've done the upgrade from a terminal window on the VPX with different results. None of my personalization settings were retained causing me to revert to a snapshot of the VM appliance.

Thanks,
Todd

Terence Luk said...

Hi Shishir,

Apologize for the late reply as I don't have notifications setup for blog post comments. I've upgrade several NetScaler VPX appliances and haven't lost any configuration settings but as Sorensent noted below, it's probably best to make sure you have a snapshot or at the very least a configuration backup in case you do lose settings and/or certificates.

Mahi Sharma said...

Hi,
that is very wonderful post and all update is very use full..thanks for this post........
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