Manual Chapter : Deploying BIG-IQ Virtual Edition in Microsoft Hyper-V

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BIG-IQ Centralized Management

  • 7.1.0
Manual Chapter

Deploying BIG-IQ Virtual Edition in
Microsoft Hyper-V

How do I deploy a BIG-IQ VE in
Microsoft Hyper-V

  • Verify that the host machine requirements are satisfied.
  • Deploy a BIG-IQ system as a virtual machine.
  • Deploy the BIG-IP systems you intend to manage.
  • After you have deployed the virtual machines, log in to the BIG-IQ VE system and run the Setup utility. Using the Setup utility, you perform basic network configuration tasks, such as assigning VLANs to interfaces.
  • Configure secure communication between the BIG-IQ system and the BIG-IP device.

Host machine requirements and recommendations

To successfully deploy and run the
VE system, the host system must satisfy minimum requirements.
The host system must include these elements:
  • Microsoft Windows Server with the Hyper-V role enabled. The
    BIG-IQ Virtual Edition and Supported Hypervisors Matrix
    , published on the AskF5 web site,
    identifies the versions that are supported.
  • Connection to a common NTP source (this is especially important for each host in a redundant system configuration).
The hypervisor CPU must meet the following requirements:
  • Use a 64-bit architecture.
  • Have support for virtualization (AMD-V or Intel VT-x) enabled.
  • Support a one-to-one thread-to-defined virtual CPU ratio, or (on single-threading architectures) support at least one core per defined virtual CPU.
  • Intel processors must be from the Core (or newer) workstation or server family of CPUs.

Deploy a BIG-IQ VE virtual machine in Microsoft Hyper-V

The first steps in deploying BIG-IQ VE are to download and open the Zip file, extract the virtual hard drive (VHD) file, and then save it to a server running with the Hyper-V role enabled. Next, you configure the virtual machine using Hyper-V Manager and the Settings window.
Do not modify the configuration of the Hyper-V guest environment with settings less powerful than the ones recommended in this document. This includes the settings for the CPU, RAM, and network adapters. Doing so might produce unexpected results.
  1. In a browser, open the F5 Downloads page (
  2. On the Downloads Overview page, select
    Find a Download
  3. Under Product Line, select
    Centralized Management
  4. Under Name, select the release you want to install.
  5. If the End User Software License is displayed, read it and then click
    I Accept
  6. Download the BIG-IQ for Hyper-V file package. The file name ends in
    The file package creates a 120Gb disk footprint at installation, but you can increase the available disk space as needed using a tool such as VMManager or SCVMM.
  7. Extract the file from the Zip archive and save it where your VHD files reside on the Hyper-V server.
    In some packages there may be two VHD files. The larger of the two is the one that is required. The smaller, if it exists, will have “DATASTORE.LTM” or “DATASTORE.ALL” in its name. It has been deprecated and should not be used.
  8. Start
    , log in to the Hyper-V server, and from the Actions pane, click
    Virtual Machine
    The New Virtual Machine Wizard opens.
  9. On the
    Specify Generation
    screen, select
    Generation 1
    , and click Next.
  10. In the
    field, type a name for the F5 VE virtual machine, such as:
    and click
  11. In the
    field, type
    and click
    To increase performance, you can specify a value up to
    For production use, CPU, RAM, and disk space requirements for deploying a BIG-IQ are determined by a number of factors. For details about the ideal settings for your use, refer to
    When do I need extra resources?
    . You can adjust the CPU and memory settings after you complete the initial deployment and power off the virtual machine.
  12. For the
    setting, select
    and click
  13. In the Connect Virtual Hard Disk pane, select the
    Use an existing virtual hard disk
    check box, browse to the location where you saved your VHD file, and click
  14. In the Summary screen, review your settings and click
    The New Virtual Machine Wizard closes, and the new F5 VE shows in the Virtual Machines list.
  15. From the Virtual Machines list, select the new F5 VE.
    The name of the F5 VE appears in the bottom half of the Actions pane.
  16. In the lower half of the Actions pane, click
    The Settings window for the selected F5 VE opens.
  17. From the Hardware list, select
    , and then change the
    Number of logical processors
    , and increase the
    Virtual machine reserve (percentage)
  18. Decide whether you need a CD/DVD drive for this VE.
    If you do not need a CD/DVD drive
    1. From the Hardware list, under IDE Controller 1, select
      DVD Drive
    2. Click
      , and then
    If you need a CD/DVD drive
    1. From the Hardware list, under IDE Controller 1, select
      DVD Drive
    2. Under Media, select
      Image file
    3. Click
      , then select a valid .ISO media file, and click
    You cannot have an empty CD/DVD device attached to a BIG-IQ VE until after the virtual machine has been started for the first time and the virtual disk is successfully initialized. If you need an empty-state CD/DVD device on this BIG-IQ VE, you can add it to the device after start up and initialization.
  19. Click
    Add Hardware
    , select
    Network Adapter
    and click
    . Repeat this for a total of three adapters (or four, for a high-availability configuration).
    1. Click the second Network Adapter, and then from the Network list select
    2. Click the third Network Adapter, and then from the Network list select
    3. If the F5 VE will be used in a high-availability configuration, click the fourth Network Adapter, and then from the Network list select
  20. In the Management area, click
    Automatic Stop Action
    and select
    Shut down the guest operating system
    This setting ensures that the F5 VE virtual machine restarts with all previously-configured virtual hardware, and at the current system time.
  21. Click
    to save your changes and close the Settings window.

Power on the BIG-IQ VE virtual machine for the first time

You power on the virtual machine so that you can make the BIG-IQ Virtual Edition (VE) accessible from the console.
  1. Open the Hyper-V Manager client.
  2. Select the virtual machine that you want to power on.
  3. From the Action menu, choose Start.
    The status icon changes to indicate that the virtual machine is on. The virtual machine boots and becomes ready for configuration.
After the system completes the initialization process, two built-in user accounts are enabled that provide you with the access you need to complete initial configuration and setup:
  • The root account provides initial user access to command shells. You can use a local console connection, or you can use SSH. This account also provides access to the F5 Configuration utility. The initial root account password is
  • The admin account provides initial user access through the web interface. The initial admin account password is
You should change passwords for both accounts before bringing a system into production.

Set up the management network on the BIG-IQ virtual machine

If your network has DHCP, an IP address is automatically assigned to BIG-IQ VE during deployment. You can use this address to access the BIG-IQ VE user interface or
command-line utility.
If no IP address was assigned, you can assign one by using the Configuration utility.
  1. In the Hyper-V Manager, locate and highlight the virtual machine to which you want to assign the management IP address.
  2. In the Actions pane, select
    The console screen opens. After a few seconds, a login prompt appears.
  3. At the password prompt, type
  4. Type
    and press Enter.
    The F5 Management Port Setup screen opens.
  5. Click
  6. Determine how to assign the management port:
    • If you want DHCP to automatically assign an address for the management port, select
    • To manually assign an IP address and netmask for the management port, select
      and follow the instructions to set the IPv4 address, network mask, and management route (gateway address).
You can use the shell command
tmsh list sys management-ip
to confirm that the management IP address has been properly assigned.
You can now log in to the BIG-IQ VE user interface, and license and provision the VE.