Application Delivery Management

How NetScaler ADM discovers instances

Instances are NetScaler ADC appliances or virtual appliances that you want to discover, manage, and monitor from NetScaler Application Delivery Management (ADM). To manage and monitor these instances, you must add them to the NetScaler ADM server. You can add the following NetScaler ADC appliances and virtual appliances to ADM:

  • NetScaler instances

    • NetScaler MPX

    • NetScaler VPX

    • NetScaler SDX

    • NetScaler CPX

    • NetScaler BLX

  • NetScaler Gateway instances

You can add instances either while setting up the NetScaler ADM server for the first time or later.


NetScaler ADM uses the NetScaler IP (NSIP) address of the ADC instances for communication. ADM can also discover ADC instances with a subnet IP (SNIP) address that has management access enabled on it. For information about the ports that must be open between the ADC instances and ADM, see Ports.

If you want to add an ADC HA pair using SNIP, ensure to enable the Independent Network Configuration (INC) mode on the ADC HA pair. For more information to add instances, see Add instances.

When you add an instance to the ADM server, the server implicitly adds itself as a trap destination for the instance and collects inventory of the instance.

The following diagram describes how ADM implicitly discovers and adds instances.  

ADM discovering ADC instances

As shown in the diagram, the following steps are performed implicitly by NetScaler ADM.

  1. NetScaler ADM uses the instance profile details to log on to the instance. Using an ADC NITRO call, ADM retrieves the license information of the instance. Based on the licensing information, it determines whether the instance is an ADC instance and the type of ADC platform (for example, NetScaler MPX, NetScaler VPX, NetScaler SDX, NetScaler BLX, or NetScaler Gateway). On successful detection of the instance, it is added to the ADM’s database.

    This step might fail if the instance profile does not include the correct credentials. For NetScaler MPX, NetScaler VPX, NetScaler SDX, NetScaler BLX, and NetScaler Gateway instances, this step might also fail if the licenses are not applied to the instance.


    Using HTTP, you can add all instances to ADM even if the licenses are not configured on the instances.

  2. ADM adds its IP address to the list of trap destinations on the instance. This allows ADM to receive traps generated on the ADC instance.

    This step might fail if the number of trap destinations on the instance exceeds the maximum limit of trap destinations. The maximum limit on instances is 20.

  3. ADM collects inventory from the instance by sending a NITRO request. It collects instance details such as host name, software version, running and saved configuration, certificate details, entities configured on the instance.

    This step might fail because of network or firewall issues.

    To learn to add instances to ADM, see Add instances.

How NetScaler ADM discovers instances

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