Manual Chapter : Setting up an AWS Cloud Environment

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BIG-IQ Centralized Management

  • 7.0.0
Manual Chapter

Setting up an AWS Cloud Environment

Add
AWS
cloud and environment details

BIG-IQ needs the credentials and parameters for your
AWS
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 AWS cloud

You create a new AWS cloud provider to tell BIG-IQ how to connect to your AWS cloud environment.
  1. At the top of the screen, click
    Applications
    then, on the left, click
    ENVIRONMENTS
    Cloud Providers
    .
  2. Click
    Create
    .
    The New Provider screen opens.
  3. Type a
    Name
    for the provider you are creating.
  4. To help identify this provider when you want to use it later, type a brief
    Description
    .
  5. From the
    Provider Type
    list, select
    AWS
    .
    Under Provider Details, the screen display s settings that you use to specify your AWS credentials.
  6. Type your
    Access Key ID
    and
    Secret Access Key
    , and then click
    Test
    to confirm your connection.
  7. Click
    Save & Close
    .
The system creates the new AWS provider account, which is now ready to be used in a cloud environment.
Before you can use this provider to create a BIG-IP VE device in, you need to create the AWS cloud environment.

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
AWS
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 an AWS cloud environment for a service scaling group

When you create an AWS cloud environment, you specify the parameters BIG-IQ uses to create BIG-IP VE devices in that environment.
  1. At the top of the screen, click
    Applications
    then, on the left, click
    ENVIRONMENTS
    Cloud Environments
    .
  2. Click
    Create
    .
  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. From the
    Cloud Provider
    list, select the name of the AWS provider you want to use for this environment.
    The screen displays the AWS Properties settings.
  6. From the
    VPC
    list, select the name of the virtual private cloud you created for this environment.
    The subnets defined for this VPC are listed under Available.
  7. For
    Restricted Source Address
    , using the CIDR format, specify the addresses that you want to be able to access the environment.
    For example
    12.12.0.0/16
    .
    Only addresses that match your entry will have access (IP addresses that use
    12.12.xxx.xxx
    in the example above).
  8. For
    SSH Key Name
    , select the SSH key you want to use for this environment.
  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
    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 your cloud provider to bill you on a specified interval for the licenses you use.
    If you choose
    BYOL
    , the screen displays additional settings under the BYOL License Information area.
  11. For
    AMI Image
    , select the AMI you want to use for the devices created in this environment.
    For access to the BIG-IP image you must subscribe and agree to the software terms in AWS.
  12. For
    Instance Type
    , select the 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 new BIG-IP VE devices.
  13. 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 cloud environment.
    2. For
      BIG-IQ User
      , type the user name for the admin account on the license server.
    3. For
      BIG-IQ Password
      , type the password for the admin account on the license server.
    4. For
      BIG-IQ License Pool Name
      , type the name of the purchased license pool on the 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 cloud environment.
    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.
  14. Click
    Save & Close
    .
This AWS cloud environment is available for you to create BIG-IP VE devices in it from BIG-IQ.