Manual Chapter : Setting Up an Azure Cloud Environment

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BIG-IQ Centralized Management

  • 8.3.0, 8.2.0, 8.1.0, 8.0.0, 7.1.0
Manual Chapter

Setting Up an Azure Cloud Environment

cloud and environment details

BIG-IQ needs the credentials and parameters for your
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.
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                              Azure cloud and environment to BIG-IQ step

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
    then, on the left, click
    Cloud Providers
  2. Click
    The New Cloud Provider screen opens.
  3. Type a
    and optional
    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
    The screen refreshes, and displays settings (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
    to confirm that the account details that you 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 create a service scaling group, you need to specify the cloud environment details. But if you are going to use a license pool instead of the Azure marketplace licensing option, you need to activate a pool of licenses before you can define your 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
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
  2. On the left, click
  3. Click the
    Add License
  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
  7. Click the
    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
, you can use this pool of licenses in the cloud environment.

Configure your Azure cloud environment on BIG-IQ

You create a cloud environment that describes the details of the Azure virtual network in which you want to create BIG-IP VE devices from BIG-IQ.
  1. At the top of the screen, click
    then, on the left, click
    Cloud Environments
  2. Click
    The New Cloud Environment screen opens.
  3. Leave the
    Device Template
    option as
    You'll be specifying device configuration details when you configure the BIG-IP VE device through the onboarding process.
  4. From the
    Cloud Provider
    list, select the name of the Azure provider you want to use for this environment.
    The screen displays the Azure Properties settings.
  5. From the
    list, select the region in which this private cloud you created for this environment resides.
  6. For
    License Type
    , select
    From your cloud provider marketplace, you'll need to select
    F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition - GOOD (PAYG)
  7. 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.
  8. For
    Instance Type
    , select the Azure instance type that provides the resources needed for this environment.
  9. For
    Restricted Source Address
    , using the CIDR format, specify the addresses that you want to be able to access the environment.
    For example
    Only addresses that match your entry will have access (IP addresses that use
    in the example above).
  10. For
    VNet Name
    , select the VNet name that you created in your Azure environment.
  11. For
    Management Subnet
    , select the management address you created in your Azure environment.
    When BIG-IQ deploys a BIG-IP device to an SSG, the device is provisioned with a single network interface. Only devices with a single network interface are supported in an SSG.
  12. Click
    Save & Close