Installation and Configuration Guide for Remote Integrated Service Engine (RISE)
Preparing for RISE Integration
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Preparing for RISE Integration

Table Of Contents

Preparing for RISE Integration

System Requirements for RISE Integration

Prerequisites for RISE Integration

Installing the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch

Installing the NetScaler Appliance

Information About Connection Options

Guidelines and Limitations for RISE Integration


Preparing for RISE Integration


This chapter describes how to prepare for deploying the RISE feature on the NetScaler appliance and the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches.

It includes the following sections:

System Requirements for RISE Integration

Prerequisites for RISE Integration

Information About Connection Options

Guidelines and Limitations for RISE Integration

System Requirements for RISE Integration

Table 2-1 provides the minimum requirements and other information related to the supported hardware and software for RISE integration:

Table 2-1 Minimum Requirements for RISE Integration 

Hardware/Software
Requirement

Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches

Cisco NX-OS software release 6.2.2a

The Cisco NX-OS software supports the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series that includes Cisco Nexus 7000 switches and Cisco Nexus 7700 switches. You can find detailed information about supported hardware in the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Hardware Installation and Reference Guide.

Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches Licensing

Base (enables basic feature set)

Enterprise Services (enables RISE feature integration, Layer 3 routing protocols, IP multicast, policy-based routing (PBR), GRE and NetFlow in Cisco NX-OS)

Advanced Services (required for running Layer 3 routing protocols and using Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs); enables use of VDCs and CTS in Cisco NX-OS)

NetScaler appliance

NetScaler 10.1.e

NetScaler appliance licensing

No additional licensing required. RISE does not require a license on the NetScaler appliance for bootstrap and auto-discovery functionality.


Prerequisites for RISE Integration

This section includes the following topics:

Installing the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch

Installing the NetScaler Appliance

Installing the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch

Install the Cisco NX-OS Release 6.2(2a) in your environment and do the basic configuration of the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches, which includes, but is not limited, to the following tasks:

Install the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches and perform a basic setup such as applying the required licenses, and so on.

Configure physical Ethernet interfaces or a port channel for connecting to the NetScaler appliance and allow control and data VLANs.

Configure switch virtual interfaces (SVIs) for RISE control and data VLANs.

Configure service VLAN groups.

Enable the RISE feature to allow for RISE integration.

For installation instructions, see the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Hardware Installation and Reference Guide and for configuration information, see the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series configuration guides.

Installing the NetScaler Appliance

The NetScaler appliance is typically mounted in a rack, and all models ship with rack-rail hardware. Installation includes the following tasks:

Unpacking the appliance: The hardware accessories for your particular appliance, such as cables, adapters, and rail kit, vary depending on the hardware platform you ordered. Unpack the box that contains your new appliance on a sturdy table with plenty of space and inspect the contents.

Rack mounting the appliance: Most appliances can be installed in standard server racks that conform to EIA-310-D specification. The appliances ship with a set of rails, which you must install before you mount the appliance. The only tools that you need for installing an appliance are a Phillips screwdriver and a flathead screwdriver.

Installing and removing 1G SFP transceivers: A Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) is a compact transceiver that can operate at speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second and is available in both copper and fiber types. Inserting a 1G SFP copper transceiver converts the 1G SFP port to a 1000BASE-T port. Inserting a 1G SFP fiber transceiver converts the 1G SFP port to a 1000BASE-X port. Auto-negotiation is enabled by default on the 1G SFP port into which you insert your 1G SFP transceiver. As soon as a link between the port and the network is established, the speed and mode are matched on both ends of the cable.

Installing and removing XFP and 10G SFP+ transceivers: A 10-Gigabit Small Form-Factor Pluggable (XFP or SFP+) is a compact optical transceiver that can operate at speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second. The MPX 15000 and MPX 17000 appliances use XFP transceivers and the MPX 8200/8400/8600, MPX 9700/10500/12500/15500, MPX 11500/13500/14500/16500/18500/20500, MPX 17500/19500/21500, and MPX 17550/19550/20550/21550 appliances use 10G SFP+ transceivers.

Connecting the cables: When the appliance is securely mounted on the rack, you are ready to connect the cables. Ethernet cables and the optional console cable are connected first. Connect the power cable last.

For more information, see the Citrix eDoc, Installing the NetScaler Hardware.

Information About Connection Options

This section describes the options for connecting the NetScaler appliance and the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches.

You can connect the NetScaler appliance to the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches in one of the following ways:

Directly connected—You can directly connect only the NetScaler appliance to the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches.

Connect your NetScaler appliance to the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches with no devices in between (see Figure 2-1).

Figure 2-1 NetScaler Appliance and Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch Directly Connected (and Port Channel)

Indirectly connected (Layer 2 away)—You can indirectly connect the NetScaler appliance to the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches.

Connect your NetScaler appliance to the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches with a switched network in between the two devices (see Figure 2-2). The Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches is in the path for all forward and return traffic for NetScaler.

Figure 2-2 NetScaler appliance and Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch Indirectly Connected (and Port Channel)

Guidelines and Limitations for RISE Integration

Physically connecting the NetScaler appliances with the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches chassis has the following guidelines and limitations:

In RISE mode, the NetScaler appliance always uses one link for both the data and control traffic (typically the port channel link).

When the NetScaler appliance is directly connected to the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches, do the following:

To enable auto-discovery of the NetScaler appliance by the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches, ensure that the physical ports are up (using the no shutdown command) by default.

Interconnect the ports on the NetScaler appliance with the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches (standalone or port channel).

Ensure that all the ports that connect to the NetScaler appliance from the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches are dedicated to the NetScaler appliance.