Citrix ADC 12.x Essentials and Traffic Management

Build your NetScaler knowledge and skills by enrolling in this five-day course.

It covers NetScaler essentials-- platforms, architecture, licensing and functionality – and also focuses on traffic management, including content switching, traffic optimization and global server load balancing (GSLB). You will learn about key NetScaler capabilities such as high availability, security and performance, and explore SSL offload, load balancing and monitoring.

The traffic management curriculum will cover AppExpert policy engines, the Rewrite and Responder features, content switching, and Security Insight. The course is designed for IT professionals with little or no NetScaler experience

Course participants

Built for IT Professionals working with NetScaler, with little to no previous NetScaler experience. Potential students include administrators, engineers, and architects interested in learning how to implement and manage NetScaler features using leading practices.


This course requires little to no previous experience with Citrix NetScaler; however, Citrix recommends completing the free NetScaler Introduction bundle at


Module 1: Getting Started 

  • Introduction to NetScaler
  • Feature and Platform Overview 
  • Deployment Options 
  • Architectural Overview 
  • Setup and Management

Module 2: Basic Networking

  • Networking Topology
  • NetScaler Components 
  • Routing 
  • Access Control Lists

Module 3: NetScaler Platforms 

  • NetScaler MPX 
  • NetScaler VPX
  • NetScaler CPX
  • NetScaler SDX

Module 4: High Availability 

  • NetScaler High Availability
  • High Availability Configuration 
  • Managing High Availability 
  • Troubleshooting High Availability

Module 5: Load Balancing 

  • Load Balancing Overview 
  • Load Balancing Methods and Monitors 
  • Load Balancing Traffic Types 
  • Load Balancing Protection 
  • Load Balancing Troubleshooting

Module 6: SSL Offload

  • SSL Overview 
  • SSL Configuration 
  • SSL Offload 
  • Troubleshooting SSL Offload 
  • SSL Vulnerabilities and Protections

Module 7: Securing the NetScaler 

  • Authentication, Authorization, and Auditing 
  • Configuring External Authentication 
  • Admin Partitions

Module 8: Troubleshooting 

  • NetScaler Logging 
  • Monitoring with SNMP 
  • Reporting and Diagnostics 
  • AppFlow Functions 
  • NetScaler Management and Analytics System (MAS)
  • Troubleshooting

Module 9: Classic Policies 

  • Policy Overview 
  • Basics of Content Filtering

Module 10: Default Policies 

  • Default Policy Overview
  • Default Expression Syntax 
  • Policy Bindings 
  • AppExpert Additional Features

Module 11: Rewrite, Responder, and URL Transformation 

  • Rewrite Policies 
  • Responder Policies 
  • DNS Rewrite and Responder 
  • URL Transformation

Module 12: Content Switching 

  • Content Switching Overview 
  • Content Switching Configuration

Module 13: Optimization 

  • NetScaler Optimization Overview
  • HTTP Compression
  • Integrated Caching 
  • Front-End Optimization

Module 14: Global Server Load Balancing

  • GSLB Overview 
  • GSLB Architecture 
  • Content-Switching GSLB
  • GSLB MEP and Monitoring 
  • Customizing GSLB 

Module 15: Clustering 

  • NetScaler Clustering Overview
  • NetScaler Cluster Configuration

What you’ll learn:

  • Understand the functionalities and capabilities of Citrix NetScaler 
  • How to obtain, install, and manage NetScaler licenses 
  • Comprehend basic NetScaler network architecture 
  • Understand how SSL is used to secure the NetScaler 
  • Optimize the NetScaler system for traffic handling and management 
  • Customize the NetScaler system for traffic flow and content-specific requirements 
  • Employ recommended tools and techniques to troubleshoot common NetScaler network and connectivity issues
  • Configure advanced load balancing and explore the new GSLB wizard on the NetScaler system
  • Identify the functionality and characteristics of the NetScaler CPX platform

Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the architecture and communications of XenApp and XenDesktop components
  • Understand the prerequisites for a successful XenApp and XenDesktop deployment
  • Install and configure a highly available XenApp and XenDesktop site
  • Deploy and deliver apps and desktops to end users using Machine Creation Services (MCS) on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016
  • Understand the differences and benefits of Provisioning Services as an image management solution
  • Install and configure a highly available Citrix StoreFront site
  • Install and configure Citrix Receiver for end user access
  • Set up Citrix Profile management for end user data
  • Understand and configure printing within a XenApp and XenDesktop environment
  • Understand and configure Citrix policies for managing end-user session experience
  • Understand how to configure basic security features of XenApp and XenDesktop
  • Use Citrix Director to monitor and troubleshoot end user sessions and view environment trends

Test and Certification

Citrix Certified Associate – Networking