Manual : BIG-IP Controller Getting Started Guide, version 3.1

Applies To:

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BIG-IP versions 1.x - 4.x

  • 3.1.1 PTF-01, 3.1.1, 3.1.0
Original Publication Date: 09/27/2007

Introduction to the BIG/ip Controller Getting Started Guide

Welcome to the BIG/ip Controller Getting Started Guide

BIG/ip Controller specifications

Configuration scalability
BIG/ip Controller platform options

Finding help and technical support resources

Setting up the Hardware

Unpacking and installing the hardware

Reviewing the hardware requirements
Familiarizing yourself with the BIG/ip Controller hardware
Environmental requirements
Installing and connecting the hardware

Running the First-Time Boot utility

Gathering the information
Starting the First-Time Boot utility
Defining a root password
Defining a host name
Configuring a default route
Configuring a time zone
Configuring the DNS forwarding proxy settings
Configuring the interfaces
Configuring remote administration
Configuring settings for the BIG/ip web server
Confirming your configuration settings
Committing your configuration settings to the system

Defining additional host names

Preparing workstations for command line access

Downloading the F-Secure SSH client from the BIG/ip web server
Downloading the F-Secure SSH client using FTP
Setting up the F-Secure SSH client on a Windows 95 or Windows NT workstation
Setting up the F-Secure SSH client on a UNIX workstation

Getting Started with a Basic Configuration

Setting up a basic configuration

Configuring a pool

Configuring virtual servers

Using standard or wildcard virtual servers
Using additional features with virtual servers
Defining standard virtual servers
Defining wildcard virtual servers

Allowing access to ports and services

Configuring the timer settings

Setting the node ping timer
Setting the timer for reaping idle connections
Setting the service check timer
Service checking for wildcard servers and ports

Changing the global load balancing mode

Using Ratio mode

Configuring NATs and IP forwarding for nodes

Defining a standard network address translation (NAT)
Defining a secure network address translation (SNAT)
Setting up IP forwarding

Configuring Extended Content Verification service checking

ECV service check properties
Writing regular expressions for ECV service checks
Setting up ECV service check in the F5 Configuration utility
Manually configuring and testing the /etc/bigd.conf file

Configuring persistence for e-commerce and other dynamic content sites

Setting up SSL persistence
Setting up simple persistence

Configuring and synchronizing redundant systems

Preparing to use the synchronization command
Synchronizing configurations between controllers
Configuring fail-safe settings

Addressing general networking issues

Addressing routing issues
Configuring DNS on the BIG/ip Controller
Configuring Email

Basic configuration examples

A basic web site and e-commerce configuration
A basic intranet configuration