Manual Chapter : Creating a Device Template for an Azure Cloud

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BIG-IQ Centralized Management

  • 6.1.0
Manual Chapter

Creating a Device Template for an Azure Cloud

What details are needed in a device template for Azure?

There isn't much you need to configure for an Azure device template. Just identify the correct port and NTP server to use, and then specify the admin credentials and you are all set.

Before you create a device template for a service scaling group

This is a list of things you'll need to set up your device template for auto-scaling BIG-IP VE devices.
Before you create your device template, you might want to gather some, or all, of the following information specific to creating the BIG-IP VE devices that deploy to the service scaling group (SSG). This information includes:
  • The NTP server and timezone you want the BIG-IP VE devices to use.
  • The admin user credentials required to access the devices in the SSG.
    If you're using local authentication with a password enforcement policy, you'll have to meet the criteria it specifies for the admin account you created for accessing BIG-IP VE devices.

Create a new device template for Azure

Before you start creating your template, it's a good idea to gather any details you might need for the template property objects.
workflow graphic, create device template for BIG-IP VE
                        devices step
You create a new device template to specify settings that Azure applies to devices in the service scaling group (SSG).
You perform this task, and all of the remaining setup tasks using the BIG-IQ user interface.
  1. At the top of the screen, click
    then, on the left, click
  2. Click the
  3. Type a name
    and an optional
    for the device template you are creating.
  4. Select the
    for which you are creating this template.
    The screen updates to display the configuration objects required for the selected provider type. A yellow circle displays next to each object to let you know that you need to provide an initial value.
  5. Click each object required for the device template you are creating so that you can specify the values appropriate for the devices in your SSG.
    The table lists the object types that you can configure, along with details about how the SSG uses those details.
    This is where you specify:
    You can specify a management port for communication between BIG-IQ and the BIG-IP VE devices in the SSG.
    You must specify port 8443.
    DNS & NTP
    Details about the lookup and NTP server settings and time zone.
    You must specify an NTP server and time zone so all of the devices in the SSG have the same time reference. This must be a server that has the same time as the managing BIG-IQ system.
    User accounts
    The user name for the devices in a service scaling group.
    Passwords use at least 8 characters, include both upper and lower case, and include at least one special character. In addition to alphanumeric input, you can use all punctuation characters for the password.
    The password specified for this account can not include the string "admin."
    Or, if you are using local authentication and have created a password enforcement policy, the password must meet the criteria specified in the password enforcement policy.
When you finish defining your new template, you can use it to create a new application that deploys to your BIG-IP devices.