Manual Chapter : Setting up a VMware Environment

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Setting up a VMware Environment

Adding VMware cloud and environment details to BIG-IQ

BIG-IQ needs the credentials and parameters for your VMware cloud provider and cloud environment so that it can communicate with the BIG-IP devices it manages in your service scaling group.

Specify VMware credentials required to connect to a vCenter server

Before you can create a VMware cloud provider, you must know the vCenter host name.
You create a new VMware cloud provider so that you can specify the VMware credentials required to connect to the vCenter server. You can use this connector to communicate from BIG-IQ to the VMware cloud environments connected to that server.
  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. After you name this new cloud provider, from the
    Provider Type
    list, select
    VMware
    and supply the provider details.
To use this provider to create BIG-IP VE devices in, you must now specify the cloud environment details.

Provide your VMware cloud environment details for an SSG

Before you can specify the details for the VMware cloud environment that supports your service scaling group, you must have either a template or a snapshot for a 1-slot, BIG-IP virtual machine (VM) in your VMware cloud. Requirements for this VM depend on the services required by the applications you deploy.
Software Version
13.1.0.5 and later
CPUs
LTM only: 2
LTM and ASM: 4
RAM
LTM only: 4GB
LTM and ASM: 8GB
Disk Space
LTM only: 9GB
LTM and ASM: 82GB
BIG-IP VE devices in a VMware cloud environment require only one disk, but some default images from
downloads.f5.com
, include two. If your image includes two disks, F5 recommends that you remove the second (20 GB) disk from the template or snapshot before creating BIG-IP VE devices in the cloud environment.
The user account that you specify to provide the BIG-IQ access to the vCenter server must provide full privileges for the following categories:
  • Datastor
  • Resource
  • Virtual Machine
  • vApp
You define a new cloud environment to specify the parameters the BIG-IQ needs so it can communicate with the vCenter to manage the BIG-IP VE devices created in the VMware cloud environment.
  1. At the top of the screen, click
    Applications
    then, on the left, click
    ENVIRONMENTS
    Cloud Environments
    .
  2. Click
    Create
    .
  3. After you provide a
    Name
    and optional
    Description
    for this cloud environment, from the
    Device Template
    list, select the device template you want to use to define the new BIG-IP VE devices created for this SSG.
  4. From the
    Cloud Provider
    list, select the name of the VMware provider you want to use for this environment.
    The VMware Properties fields display.
  5. Specify the VMware properties.
    1. Select an option to identify the VMware destination to which you want new BIG-IP VE devices to deploy:
      If you identify the destination using a cluster name, the VMware host must have DRS enabled before you try to deploy BIG-IP VE devices, or the deployment will fail. If you use the ESXi hostname, the DRS setting is optional.
      • Select
        Cluster
        , and type the name of the cluster.
      • Select
        ESXi Hostname
        , and type either the IP address or the FQDN of the ESXi host.
    2. If you want to include an
      Annotation
      that will appear in the notes section of the virtual machine summary for the BIG-IP VE devices, type one in.
    3. Type the name of the vSphere
      Datacenter
      that houses the VMware resources on which the BIG-IP VE devices will reside.
    4. If you want to specify a
      Resource Pool
      , type the name of the resource pool the ESXi host uses.
    5. If you want to specify a
      Folder
      , type the name of the shared folder the ESXi host uses.
    6. Specify how you want VMware to create the virtual machines it uses when it creates a BIG-IP device.
      • To use a VMware template, in the
        VM Image
        field, type the name of the template.
      • To use a VM snapshot:
        1. For
          VM Image
          , type the name of the BIG-IP image used to create the snapshot.
        2. For
          Linked Clone
          , select
          Yes
          , and then type the name of the snapshot you created for this image in
          Snapshot name for Linked Clone
          .
      When you set up the VM image that you want to create your clone from, it must reside on storage that is accessible to all ESXi hosts for that cluster.
      Details about creating a virtual machine in your VMware environment are provided in the
      BIG-IP Virtual Edition 13.1.0 and VMware ESXi: Setup
      guide on
      support.f5.com
      If you want to use an IP pool to set the Management IP for the devices in your SSG, the BIG-IP VE in vCenter must have VMware tools installed on it. After you deploy the BIG-IP VE to vCenter, use the procedure in the article:
      https://support.f5.com/csp/article/K44134742
      to install the VMware tools.
    7. Type the
      User
      name and
      Password
      for the vCenter user that you configured for this VMware SSG.
    8. In the
      Network Interface Mapping
      fields, specify the network interface mappings for the BIG-IP VE devices the SSG creates.
      The mappings you specify must match the settings that were used when the virtual machine network interfaces were defined as part of the BIG-IP VE deployment to your VMware environment.
      For additional detail on NIC configuration, refer to the
      BIG-IP Virtual Edition 13.1.0 and VMware ESXi: Setup
      on
      support.f5.com
      .
      You can click
      +
      if you want to specify additional NICs for this environment.
  6. For
    IP Pool Alias Mapping
    , if the device template for this environment includes an IP pool alias and you want to map the alias to a specific IP pool for this environment, type the name of the alias, and then select the name of the IP pool that you want the alias to use in this environment.
    You can click
    +
    if you want to specify additional aliases for this environment.
    If the alias you specify here conflicts with the alias specified in the device template, the alias you specify here takes precedence.
  7. Click the
    Save & Close
    button at the bottom of the screen.
    BIG-IQ creates the new cloud environment. You can now use this environment when you create an SSG.