Manual Chapter : Getting Started with BIG-IQ Virtual Edition

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BIG-IQ Centralized Management

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Manual Chapter

Getting Started with BIG-IQ Virtual Edition

What is BIG-IQ Virtual Edition?

BIG-IQ Virtual Edition (VE) is a version of F5 BIG-IQ Centralized Management that runs as a on specifically-supported hypervisors. BIG-IQ VE emulates a hardware-based BIG-IQ system running a VE-compatible version of BIG-IQ software.
BIG-IQ VE running on Google Cloud Platform provides a platform that you can use to manage licenses for your BIG-IP devices. For additional information on using BIG-IQ as a license manager, refer to:
Deploy BIG-IQ to manage licenses for BIG-IP VE devices

BIG-IQ VE compatibility with
Google Cloud Platform

The BIG-IQ Virtual Edition (VE) software includes support for a growing list of public and private cloud platforms. For a list of the supported platforms, refer to the BIG-IQ Virtual Edition Supported Platforms matrix.
BIG-IQ VE is compatible with the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) hypervisors. This workflow follows the GCP interface as of March 2022.
This BIG-IQ version only supports the
Instance types
identified in this guide. Installation attempts on unsupported platforms might not be successful.

Hypervisor guest definition requirements

virtual machine guest environment for the BIG-IQ Virtual Edition (VE), at minimum, must include:
  • a 64-bit virtual machine instance with at least 4 virtual cores (up to 16 are supported in this release)
  • at least 32 GB RAM (64 GB has been tested, F5 recommends at least 2 GB per virtual core)
  • 1 virtual network adapter card (NIC) (up to 8 are supported)
    F5 recommends three or more network adapters for most topologies, but the minimum requirement is one.
If you do not supply at least the minimum virtual configuration limits, it produces unexpected results.
The resources required for a BIG-IQ virtual machine depend to some degree on what you intend to do with it. Refer to
Determine the resources required for deployment
for details.

Determine your image and resource requirements

The following table lists the minimum resources for deploying a BIG-IQ.
Minimum resource requirements per BIG-IQ deployment
Deployment type
Device Type
Disk Space
License Manager.
32 Gb
120 Gb