Citrix licensing for Access Gateway and Netscaler

Something I’ve been wanting to write for a long time since I always get some questions regarding licensing on either Access Gateway / Netscaler Gateway or Netscaler I thought I would write a post so others stumbling in the dark might benefit from it as well.

Now Netscaler Platform licenses (This depending on what Netscaler you have, gives you features inside the Netscaler appliance (for instance Standard, Enterprise or Platiunm)

The physical appliance (MPX or SDX) and VPX (virtual) on the Netscaler is licended pr Mac address this can be obtained from the CLI by running the command lmutil lmhostid –ether

(So for the sake of it, when you buy a platform license of Netscaler which is Standard or higher) you will get a Netscaler Gateway Platform license as well.


root@ns1# lmutil lmhostid –ether
lmutil – Copyright (c) 1989-2006 Macrovision Europe Ltd. and/or Macrovision
Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
The FLEXlm host ID of this machine is «00d068107316»

This info has to be entered in license site and allocated to.

If you get any error messages these can be viewed under the /var/log/license.log file.

Access Gateway Platform license on the other hand are licensed on the hostname of the appliance. You must upload this license to increase the Independent Computing Architecture (ICA) connections up to 10000.
root@ns# grep hostname /nsconfig/rc.conf

Netscaler Gateway platform license also uses the hostname to generate a license file.
The same goes for Universal licenses for both Netscaler and Access Gateway editions.

Import note thou that Citrix Receiver DOES NOT USE a Universal license (they only need platform license) This is only needed for Smart Access and endpoint scan etc.

Another import note is that with version 10.1 it will say 0 ICA users, this is because of with version 10.1 it is unlimited ICA connections
You can view this by using show license

Now for older solutions like CAG 5.0 (You can either use a license server or a license on the same host) for Standard edition
If you wish to install the license on a CAG 5.0 appliance you need the MAC address of the appliance if you wish to install it on a license server you need to specify the host name of the licensing server.

Access Gateway VPX Express gives you rights for 5 concurrent users on a 12-month plan.

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Windows Server 2012 & System Center 2012 licensing

Even thou Microsoft said that it would be easier it was still a bit difficult for me to understand how it worked, but in the end I finally got a good grasp of how the licensing model works so therefore I would like to share it with you. Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 is licensed in the same manner, so therefore it easier to combine both of them.

First of System Center and Windows Server 2012 comes in two editions. Standard and Datacenter
The difference between the two is the the right to virtualize.

Standard allows you to have 2 virtual server OSE
Datacenter allows for unlimited virtual servers OSE 

And also remember that each license covers two processors
You also need to remember that there are no differences between Standard and Datacenter, they have all the same functions and they have no restrictions.
If you plan to have implement both these solutions you might want to consider a Core Infrastructure license with contains either Standard ( Windows Server & System Center ) or Datacenter ( Windows Server & System Center) at a reduced price.

Some estimated prices on Server: Datacenter $4,809 Standard $882
and on System Center: Datacenter $3,607 Standard $1,323

Some examples of pricing.
1 physical server, 1 CPU, 1 VM = 1 Standard license
1 physical server, 4 CPU, 1 VM = 2 Standard license (or 2 datacenter) 
1 physical server, 4 CPU, 10 VM = 5 Standard license ( or 2 datacenter)
1 physical server, 4 CPU, 20 VM = 10 standard license ( or 2 datacenter would be a lot cheaper to buy datacenter here)
2 physical server, 2 CPU each, 2 VM each = 2 standard license (or 2 datacenter ofc it would be a lot cheaper to buy standard here)

So some other examples (What if I have 1 Datacenter license on Server 2012 and System Center and I have 2 CPU’s and I have Operations Manager installed, what happens if I want to install Configuration Manager on some virtual machines on the server?) Nothing! licensing is based on physical processors not virtual.

So what is the catch, what else do I need to think of ?
For Server you still need a CAL for each user that is accessing the server
For System Center you still need a Client ML(Management License) for each managed device that run non-server OSE’s
And for System Center you have 3 different Client ML
Configuration Manager Client ML ( Configuration Manager and Virtual Machine Manager) (Included in Core CAL)
Endpoint Protection Subscription ( Endpoint Protection ) (Included in Core CAL)
Client Management Suite Client ML ( Service Manager, Operations Manager, Data Protection Manager, Orchestrator) (Included in Enterprise CAL)

So if have 1 server with 2 physical CPU (without virtual machines on that server) and you wish to manage 50 computers using ConfigMgr and have Endpoint Protection you would need
1 Standard Server license, 1 System Center Standard license, 50 Configuration Manager Client ML + Endpoint Protection Subscription (Unless you have an Core CAL in place)

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