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NetScaler VPX – upgrade firmware

I am fairly new to NetScaler to I tried to upgrade the software via CLI. This is what I if done.

  1. Download the upgrade firmware via
  2. Backup the configuration
  3. Upgrade the software to the NetScaler appliance (I used pscp.exe on a Windows machine to upload the software to the directory /var/nsinstall/11.0/63.16. I created the directories 11.0/63.16 before uploading the firmware)
  4. Untar the software
  5. Install the software (relax and take your time)
  6. Reboot the appliance
  7. Verify the upgrade (show version)

When everything goes according to plan, you would see the following output:

root@netscaler# tar zxvf build-11.0-63.16_nc.tgz
x .ns.version
x ns-11.0-63.16.gz
x ns-11.0-63.16.sha2
x Citrix_Netscaler_InBuilt_GeoIP_DB.csv.gz

root@netscaler# ./installns
installns: [94606]: BEGIN_TIME 1444387063 Fri Oct 9 12:37:43 2015
installns: [94606]: VERSION ns-11.0-63.16.gz
installns: [94606]: VARIANT v
installns: [94606]: No options
installns: [94606]: prompting for reboot
installns: [94606]: END_TIME 1444387469 Fri Oct 9 12:44:29 2015

Installation has completed.

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NetScaler VPX – management certificate

I would like to upgrade my current NetScaler VPX Express configuration via GUI. For some security reason Internet Explorer and FireFox aren’t able to access the GUI. They return the error message that the NetScaler is using a wrong SSL certificate.

The default SSL self-signed certificate is installed on the appliance. I have uploaded a “real” certificate to content switch and load balancing. I would like to use the same certificate for GUI management. To change the certificate, access the NetScaler via SSH.

Check the current certificate run the following command and you will get the following output.

sh run | grep “bind ssl service”
bind ssl service nshttps-::1l-443 -certkeyName ns-server-certificate
bind ssl service nsrpcs-::1l-3008 -certkeyName ns-server-certificate
bind ssl service nskrpcs- -certkeyName ns-server-certificate
bind ssl service nshttps- -certkeyName ns-server-certificate
bind ssl service nsrpcs- -certkeyName ns-server-certificate

If you would like to see all your available certificate enter the following command.

> sh run | grep “ssl certKey”
add ssl certKey ns-server-certificate -cert ns-server.cert -key ns-server.key
add ssl certKey wildcart-booches-nl -cert sslcert-wildcard-booches-nl.pem -key passwd-private-wildcard-1route-nl.pem -passcrypt “adfadf&*fU=”
add ssl certKey root-booches -cert cacert.pem

I would like to bind the certificate “wildcard-booches-nl”, so I use the following commands to bind the certificate to the different management services.

bind ssl service nskrpcs- -certkeyName wildcard-booches-nl
bind ssl service nshttps- -certkeyName wildcard-booches-nl
bind ssl service nsrpcs- -certkeyName wildcard-booches-nl