Manual Chapter : Create a listener for bi-directional traffic

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  • 13.1.5, 13.1.4, 13.1.3, 13.1.1, 13.1.0
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You create a virtual server when you want the BIG-IP® system to listen for client-side and server-side ingress traffic at Layer 2, without performing any packet modifications such as address translation.
  1. Log in to the BIG-IP Configuration utility using the system's management IP address.
  2. On the Main tab, click Local Traffic > Virtual Servers .
    If your BIG-IP system user account restricts you to using TMSH (TMOS® Shell) only, skip this step.
  3. Click Create.
  4. In the Name field, type a name, such as my_virtual_wire_vs.
  5. From the Type list, select Forwarding (Layer 2).
  6. In the Destination Address field, type the IP address in CIDR format. The supported format is address/prefix, where the prefix length is in bits. For example, an IPv4 address/prefix is or, and an IPv6 address/prefix is ffe1::0020/64 or 2001:ed8:77b5:2:10:10:100:42/64. When you use an IPv4 address without specifying a prefix, the BIG-IP system automatically uses a /32 prefix.
  7. In the Service Port field, type a port number or select a service name from the Service Port list.
  8. From the VLAN and Tunnel Traffic list, select the name of the virtual wire you previously created.
  9. Click Finished.