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BIG-IP Edge Gateway
What is BIG-IP Virtual Edition?
BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) is a version of the BIG-IP system that runs as a virtual machine (VM) in specifically-supported hypervisors (VMware ESX® or ESXi® for this guide). BIG-IP VE emulates a hardware-based BIG-IP system running a VE-compatible version of BIG-IP software.
BIG-IP Virtual Edition compatibility with VMware hypervisor products
Hypervisor guest definition
The VMware virtual machine guest environment for the BIG-IP VE, at minimum, must include the following:
- 2 x virtual CPUs (reserve 2 GHz)
- 4 GB RAM with a 2-core CPU
- 8 GB RAM with a 4-core CPU
- 2 GB RAM with 2-core CPU (upgrade path from version 10.2.x)
- 1 x virtual Flexible (PCnet32 LANCE) network adapter (for management)
- 3 x virtual VMXNET3 network adapters
- 1 x 100 GB SCSI disk, by default
- 1 x 50 GB SCSI disk, as an extra disk option
A secondary disk is recommended and might be required for certain BIG-IP modules.
When upgrading from version 10.2.x, change the configuration to at least 4 GB of RAM.
For production licenses, F5 Networks suggests using the maximum configuration limits for the BIG-IP VE system. Reservations can be less for lab editions.
There are also some maximum configuration limits to consider for deploying a BIG-IP VE virtual machine, such as:
- CPU reservation can be up to 100 percent of the defined virtual machine hardware. For example, if the hypervisor has a 3 GHz core speed, the reservation of a virtual machine with 2 CPUs can be only 6 GHz or less.
- RAM reservation can be only 2, 4, or 8 GB.
- For production environments, virtual disks should be deployed Thick (allocated up front). Thin deployments are acceptable for lab environments.