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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  1. Hi Marius, licensing netscaler is probably The most confusing topic with Citrix licensing. I have a few questions i guess will come in handy for others to.

    Does not xendesktop plat user license include universal licenses for nsag?

    And how about licenses for MDX over The so called, microvpn?


    1. Hi! long time no see!

      I thought that microsoft licensing was confusing but citrix is bananas… 🙂
      Citrix XenDesktop Platinum Edition, does include Universal Licenses for NSAG.
      MicroVPN requires the use of Universal licenses.

      And another thing is that all Netscaler physical boxes include 5 CCU of Universal licenses.
      And I think that Netscaler Platinum includes 100 CCU of Universal licenses.

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