Manual Chapter : Setting Up an Azure Cloud Environment

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BIG-IQ Centralized Management

  • 6.1.0
Manual Chapter

Setting Up an Azure Cloud Environment

Add
Azure
cloud and environment details

BIG-IQ needs the credentials and parameters for your
Azure
cloud provider and cloud environment so that it can communicate with the BIG-IP devices it manages in your service scaling group. Also, if you choose to bring your own license (BYOL) for the devices in this SSG, you need to activate a pool of BYOL licenses, and then provide details about the license server when you configure the cloud environment.

Specify credentials required to connect to an Azure cloud

You create a new Azure cloud provider to tell BIG-IQ how to connect to your Azure environment.
  1. At the top of the screen, click
    Applications
    then, on the left, click
    ENVIRONMENTS
    Cloud Providers
    .
  2. Click
    Create
    .
    The New Cloud Provider screen opens.
  3. Type a
    Name
    and optional
    Description
    for the cloud provider you are creating, to help identify it when you want to use it later.
  4. From the
    Provider Type
    list, select
    Azure
    .
    The screen refreshes, and displays fields (under Provider Details) that you use to specify your Azure credentials.
  5. Type or paste in the
    Tenant ID
    ,
    Client ID
    , and
    Service Principal Secret
    for your Azure environment.
  6. Click
    Test
    to confirm that the account details just provided are correct.
    The system checks with the Azure interface to confirm that the credentials and account details you provided are valid, and then fills in the
    Subscription ID
    that Azure uses to track all of the metrics for the account associated with these credentials.
  7. Click
    Save & Close
    .
The system creates the new provider, which is now ready to be used in a cloud environment.
Before you can use this provider in a service scaling group, you need to specify the cloud environment details.

Activate a pool of BYOL licenses

Before you can activate a BYOL license, you need to purchase it from F5 Networks. Once you complete your purchase, you get your base registration key, typically in the form of an email.
If you use the
Azure
marketplace licensing option, skip this task.
When you choose the BYOL license option, you need to activate a pool of licenses that the BIG-IQ can use for the new BIG-IP VE devices that the service scaling group (SSG) creates in the cloud. You can use this procedure to automatically contact the F5 license server for activation.
You can use this BIG-IQ as your license server, or you can use another BIG-IQ as your license server, as long as it is running BIG-IQ version 5.4.0 or later.
  1. At the top of the screen, click
    Devices
    .
  2. On the left, click
    LICENSE MANAGEMENT
    Licenses
    .
  3. Click the
    Add License
    button.
  4. In the
    License Name
    field, type a name to identify this license.
  5. In the
    Base Registration Key
    field, type or paste the registration key, and into the
    Add-on Keys
    field, type or paste any associated add-on keys.
  6. For the
    Activation Method
    setting, select
    Automatic
    .
  7. Click the
    Activate
    button at the bottom of the screen.
  8. Review the user legal agreement and if you agree, select the
    I have read and agree to the terms of this license
    check box.
When the activation status displays as
Active
, you can use this pool of licenses in the cloud environment configuration you define for your SSG.

Create a new Azure cloud environment

A service scaling group (SSG) manages the resources needed to run your application by prompting the creation or deletion of BIG-IP VE virtual instances, as needed. You create a cloud environment that describes the details of the Azure virtual network in which those instances exist. You also specify details that describe the instances that the SSG creates in this environment.
  1. At the top of the screen, click
    Applications
    then, on the left, click
    ENVIRONMENTS
    Cloud Environments
    .
  2. Click
    Create
    .
    The New Cloud Environment screen opens.
  3. Give this environment a
    Name
    and an optional
    Description
    .
  4. From the
    Device Template
    list, select the device template you want to use to configure new BIG-IP VE devices when scaling out.
  5. For
    Cloud Provider
    , select your Azure cloud provider.
    The Azure Properties area displays fields that you use to specify details about the Azure environment.
  6. From the
    Location
    list, select the region in which the private cloud you created for this environment resides.
  7. For
    License Type
    , select the kind of license that you want to use for the devices created in this environment.
    • Choose
      BYOL
      if you have purchased a BYOL license.
    • Choose
      Utility
      if you want Azure to bill you on an hourly basis for the licenses you consume.
    If you choose
    BYOL
    , additional fields are displayed in the BYOL License Information area.
  8. For
    BIG-IP Image Name
    , select the type of BIG-IP you want to use for this environment.
    Make sure you use one of the BYOL images if you plan to buy a license for this environment instead of using one of the utility offerings.
  9. For
    Services To Deploy
    , select the F5 service you want to use for this environment.
    The Local Traffic and Application Visibility Reporting modules are selected by default. This is the minimum viable configuration for an SSG.
  10. For
    Instance Type
    , select the Azure instance type that provides the resources needed for this environment.
    The Local Traffic and Application Visibility Reporting modules are selected by default. This is the minimum viable configuration for an SSG.
  11. For
    Source Address Restriction
    , using the CIDR format, specify the addresses that you want to be able to access this SSG.
    For example
    12.12.0.0/16
    .
    Only addresses that match your entry will have access to this SSG (IP addresses that use
    12.12.xxx.xxx
    in the example above).
  12. For the
    VNet Address
    fields, select the VNet address that you created in your Azure environment.
  13. For the
    Management Subnet
    fields, select the management address that you created in your Azure environment.
  14. If you are defining an SSG that uses a utility license, skip to the last step to save your settings.
  15. If you selected
    BYOL
    for
    License Type
    , supply the following information:
    1. For
      BIG-IQ IP Address
      , type the address of the BIG-IQ that acts as the license server for your Azure environment.
    2. For
      BIG-IQ User
      , type the user name for the admin account on the BIG-IQ Azure license server.
    3. For
      BIG-IQ Password
      , type the password for the admin account on the BIG-IQ Azure license server.
    4. For
      BIG-IQ License Pool Name
      , type the name of the purchased license pool on the BIG-IQ Azure license server.
    5. If the license you activated includes offerings, for
      Offering Name
      , type the name of the particular offering from the license pool just specified that you want to use to license devices in this SSG.
    6. For
      Unit of Measure
      , select the interval that you want F5 to use when billing you for this license.
      The hourly interval is most expensive, but the time that you are billed more closely matches your actual use. Decide on what works best for your situation.
  16. Click
    Save & Close
    .