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Deploying BIG-IQ Virtual Edition
Linux Xen Project deployment overview
- 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 BIG-IQ VE system, the host system must satisfy minimum requirements.
The host system must include these elements:
- CentOS, Debian, Fedora, RHEL, or Ubuntu with the Xen Project package. The BIG-IQ Virtual Edition and Supported Hypervisors Matrix, published on the AskF5 web site, support.f5.com identifies the Linux versions that are supported.
- Connection to a common NTP source (this is especially important for each host in a redundant system configuration).
- 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 Linux Xen Project
The first step in deploying BIG-IQ Virtual Edition (VE) open source Xen Project environment is creating and executing a configuration file that sets up most of what you need to get up and running.
- In a browser, open the F5 Downloads page (://downloads.f5.com).
- On the Downloads Overview page, select Find a Download.
- Under Product Line, select Centralized Management.
- Under Name, select the release you want to install.
- If the End User Software License is displayed, read it and then click I Accept.
Determine which BIG-IQ Virtual Edition file
package to download.
- If you are installing a BIG-IQ, download the file name that ends in .qcow2.zip
- If you are installing a data collection device, download the file name that ends in LARGE.qcow2.zip
The BIG-IQ file package creates a 95GB disk footprint at installation.
The data collection device file package creates a 500GB disk footprint at installation.
Extract the file from the Zip archive and save it
where your qcow2 files
reside on the Xen Project server.
Important: In some packages there may be two qcow2 files. The larger of the two is the one that is required. The smaller, if it exists, will have “DATASTORE.LTM” or “DATASTORE.ALL” in its name. It has been deprecated and should not be used.
Generate a MAC address for the network interface
card associated with the management interface.
Important: Be sure that the MAC address you create starts with the prefix 00:16:3e:.To create this address, you can use a tool such as MAC Address Generator (http://www.miniwebtool.com/mac-address-generator/).
Use an editor to create a BIG-IQ VM definition
file that specifies the required parameters for your VM.
# vi /etc/xen/<config_file_name>Important: The sample configuration file provided here serves only as an example of the kinds of parameters you need to specify for your virtual machine. The actual file that you create will likely contain different parameters and settings.
name = <config_file_name> maxmem = 16384 memory = 16384 vcpus = 4 builder = "hvm" boot = "c" pae = 1 acpi = 1 apic = 1 hpet = 1 localtime = 0 on_poweroff = "destroy" on_reboot = "restart" on_crash = "restart" sdl = 0 vnc = 1 vncunused = 1 keymap = "en-us" disk = [ 'tap:qcow2:/<vdisk_path>/BIG-IQ-<version_number>.<bld_number>.qcow2,hda,w',] vif = [ "mac=00:16:<mgmt_interface_mac>,bridge=mgmtbr,script=vif-bridge", "mac=00:16:3e:<external_interface_mac>,bridge=ext_bridge,script=vif-bridge", "mac=00:16:3e:<internal_interface_mac>,bridge=int_bridge,script=vif-bridge",] parallel = "none" serial = "pty" #pci = [ '05:10.0', '05:10.1' ]Important: The last line of the example configuration file contains an optional entry that specifies the IDs for PCI external and internal network interface cards (NIC). This optional entry is required for SR-IOV support. Naturally, if you use this entry, you omit the external and internal bridges specified in the vif section.Once you have perfected and saved your configuration file, you are ready to create the BIG-IQ VM.
Run the configuration file using an open source
tool such as xm.
xm create /etc/xen/<config_file_name>The console should indicate a successful startup by displaying something similar to this: Started domain <config_file_name>(id=444).
Allow some time for the boot-up process; then, you should be able to connect to
the BIG-IQ console.
# xm console <config_file_name>
Power on the BIG-IQ VE virtual machine for the first time
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 default.
- The admin account provides initial user access through the web interface. The initial admin account password is admin.
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 tmsh command-line utility.
- At the password prompt, type default.
Type config and press Enter.
The F5 Management Port Setup screen opens.
- Click OK.
Determine how to assign the
- If you want DHCP to automatically assign an address for the management port, select Yes.
- To manually assign an IP address and netmask for the management port, select No and follow the instructions to set the IPv4 address, network mask, and management route (gateway address).
You can use the shell command tmsh list sys management-ip to confirm that the management IP address has been properly assigned.