Manual Chapter : Deploying Applications to Your Devices

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BIG-IQ Centralized Management

  • 6.1.0
Manual Chapter

Deploying Applications to Your Devices

Deploying applications to devices

A service template allows you to create and deploy the applications to individual BIG-IP devices or to the auto-scaled BIG-IP VE devices in your cloud. When you create an application, you decide which objects to include and which settings to revise, and then identify the device, or service scaling group (SSG) to which you want it to deploy.

Create and deploy an application

Creating a new application from a template allows you to start from the set of objects defined in the template, modify or add objects, and then deploy the application to your BIG-IP devices. As you create the application, you define which of the template objects you want to include and revise the settings that need to be customized.
Your service template must have an HTTP profile associated with its virtual server, or you will not be able to deploy it.
  1. At the top of the screen, click
    Applications
    then, on the left, click
    APPLICATIONS
    .
    About halfway down the screen, the list of applications currently defined on this device displays.
  2. Click
    Create
    .
    The Create Application screen opens.
  3. Use the
    Name
    and
    Description
    fields to identify this application.
  4. For
    Traffic Service Environment
    , select
    Service Scaling Group
    and then select the name of the service scaling group (SSG) to which you want to deploy this application service.
  5. Determine the objects that you want to deploy in this application.
    1. To omit any of the objects defined in this template, click the (
      X
      ) icon that corresponds to that object.
    2. To create additional copies of any of the objects defined in this template, click the (
      +
      ) icon that corresponds to that object.
    3. For each object that you decide to include in the application, revise the settings that you need to change.
      When you specify values for fields that reference other configuration objects, you can select objects that already exist in BIG-IQ configuration. But you can also specify objects that are created when this application is deployed. These objects that don't yet exist in BIG-IQ configuration, but are created when this application is deployed are prefixed with a pound sign (#). For example, a template could define a pool
      MyPool1
      and a node
      45.54.45.54
      . To specify the application-created object, you select the value prefixed with a pound sign (#) when you select the value for that node. (That option would appear as
      #45.54.45.54
      in the example cited here.
  6. When you have configured the objects that you want to include in this application, click
    Create
    .
    BIG-IQ creates the application and deploys it to the target you specified.
    When the deployment completes, BIG-IQ creates an endpoint for this application. To confirm that your deployment is successful, you can browse to that endpoint. The naming convention for the endpoint uses the name of your SSG, the name of your application, and the location to which you deployed it. Use the following syntax to determine the endpoint URL:
    <SSG name>-<Application Name>.<environment location>.cloudapp.azure.com