Manual Chapter : Deploying BIG-IQ Virtual Edition in Citrix XenServer

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BIG-IQ Centralized Management

  • 8.3.0, 8.2.0, 8.1.0, 8.0.0
Manual Chapter

Deploying BIG-IQ Virtual Edition in
Citrix XenServer

How do I deploy a BIG-IQ VE in
Citrix XenServer

  • 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:
  • 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 Citrix Xenserver

The first step in deploying BIG-IQ® Virtual Edition (VE) is to download the OVA file to your local system. Next, you can run the Deploy OVF Template wizard from within the XenCenter client. Follow the steps in this procedure to create an instance of the BIG-IQ system that runs as a virtual machine on the host system.
Do not modify the configuration of the XenServer 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. From a browser window, open the F5 Downloads page (
    ) and log in.
  2. On the Downloads Overview page, click
    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. Select the BIG-IQ Virtual Edition file package to download.
    • If you are installing a BIG-IQ, download the file name that ends in
      The BIG-IQ file package creates a 120Gb disk footprint at installation.
    • If you are installing a data collection device, download the file name that ends in
      The data collection device file package creates a 500Gb disk footprint at installation.
  7. Extract the file from the Zip archive.
  8. Before starting the import wizard, review the prospective hypervisor environment and verify:
    • A DHCP server is active on the same network as the XenServer host before you start the XenCenter OVF Appliance.
    • There are no firewall or other restrictions between the required ports for connectivity between the XenCenter Client and XenServer. For more information and networking requirements, refer to the
      XenServer Virtual Machine Installation Guide.
    • There is enough storage space available on the XenServer for the F5 virtual machine.
  9. Start the
    client and log in.
  10. From the
    6.x File menu, click
    The Import wizard starts.
  11. For the file name, use the
    button to locate the OVF file, open it, and then click
    For example:
    The End-User License Agreement (EULA) displays.
  12. Read and accept the license agreement, and click
    The Location window opens.
  13. Under Home Server, select the home server for the F5 VE virtual machine from the list, and click
  14. On the Storage window, click
    Place imported virtual disks onto specified target SRs
    , select the 100 GB storage size (for Data Collection Devices, select 500 GB) and location for the F5 VE virtual machine, and then click
  15. On the Networking window, assign the Management, Internal, External, and HA virtual machines to their respective Target Networks and click
    There is no need to enter MAC addresses, MAC addresses will be assigned automatically.
  16. In the OS Fixup Settings window, make sure the
    Use Operating System Fixup
    check box is cleared, and click
    Use Operating System Fixup
    check box is selected by default.
  17. On the Transfer VM Settings window, click
    , then on the Finish window, review your settings before continuing.
    The recommended settings in production scenarios are 4 CPU and 16 GB RAM as minimum, or 8 CPU and 32 GB RAM for better performance. A lower setting of 2 CPU and 4 GB RAM can be used for evaluation purposes, but as of version 5.2.0 is deprecated and no longer supported.
  18. Click
    The progress bar and text in the Progress pane indicate when the F5 virtual machine creation is complete.

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. In the XenCenter client window, select the Server View.
  2. Select the virtual machine that you want to power on.
  3. Click the
    If you do not see the
    icon, look at the tool bar under the View menu.
    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 XenCenter client screen, select the Server View.
  2. In the Resources pane, select the virtual machine.
  3. Click the Console tab.
    You might need to click the console area and press Enter to activate the console.
  4. At the local host login prompt, type
  5. At the password prompt, type
  6. Type
    and press Enter.
    The F5 Management Port Setup screen opens.
  7. Click
  8. 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).
    DHCP is disabled by default to avoid assigning both IPv4 and IPv6 management addresses. F5 does not support setting
    to enabled from the command line.
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.