Manual Chapter : Create a service chain object

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BIG-IP LTM

  • 15.1.0, 15.0.1, 15.0.0, 14.1.2, 14.1.0, 14.0.1, 14.0.0
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Create a service chain object

A
service chain
represents a particular service function path through the SFC configuration. A service chain automates the task that network administrators traditionally do to connect a set of L4-7 devices to process network traffic.The object needs a name and some associated information, namely a path ID and a start index. You must also specify whether you want the service chain to be enabled or disabled. This procedure creates a new service chain object.
Except for changing the BIG-IP Policy Enforcement Manager (PEM) classifier policies associated with a chain, you cannot modify a chain object after you have created it. In general, if you need to modify a chain, you must delete the chain and re-create it.
  1. From the SFC controller menu on the left side of the screen, select
    Service Function Chains
    .
  2. In the upper left corner, click
    Create
    .
    The Create New Service Chain screen opens.
  3. Type a unique name for the chain.
    In our sample configuration, this is
    chain1
    .
  4. Type a path ID, such as
    880
    .
    This ID is an identifier for the service chain and is used by service nodes for forwarding.
  5. In the
    Start Index
    field, type an index number, such as
    255
    .
    This index number is a location identifier for a packet within the service path.
  6. 4. From the
    Classifier
    list, select an SFF, and choose the list of classification rules to be applied.
    In our sample configuration, this SFF is
    sff1
    .
  7. 5. From the right side of the screen, drag all SFs and drop them into the chain, in the correct order.
  8. Click
    Create
    .
After completing this task, the SFC configuration contains a service chain representing a defined path.