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Deploying BIG-IQ Virtual Edition
Microsoft Hyper-V 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:
- Microsoft Windows Server with the Hyper-V role enabled. The BIG-IQ Virtual Edition and Supported Hypervisors Matrix, published on the AskF5 web site, support.f5.com identifies the 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 Microsoft Hyper-V
The first steps in deploying BIG-IQ VE are to download and open the Zip file, extract the virtual hard drive (VHD) file, and then save it to a server running with the Hyper-V role enabled. Next, you configure the virtual machine using Hyper-V Manager and the Settings window.
- 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.
Download the BIG-IQ v5.x/Virtual Edition file
package. The file name ends in .vhd.zip
The file package creates a 95GB disk footprint at installation.
Extract the file from the Zip archive and save it
where your VHD files reside on the Hyper-V server.
Important: In some packages there may be two VHD 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.
Start Hyper-V Manager, log in to the Hyper-V server, and from the Actions
pane, click .
The New Virtual Machine Wizard opens.
- On the Specify Generation screen, select Generation 1, and click Next.
- In the Name field, type a name for the F5 VE virtual machine, such as: smith_f5_ve and click Next.
In the Memory field, type 16384 or 32768 and click Next.
Tip: To increase performance, you can specify a value up to 65535.
- For the Connection setting, select Management and click Next.
- In the Connect Virtual Hard Disk pane, select the Use an existing virtual hard disk check box, browse to the location where you saved your VHD file, and click Next.
In the Summary screen, review your settings and
The New Virtual Machine Wizard closes, and the new F5 VE shows in the Virtual Machines list.
From the Virtual Machines list, select the new F5
The name of the F5 VE appears in the bottom half of the Actions pane.
In the lower half of the Actions pane, click
The Settings window for the selected F5 VE opens.
- From the Hardware list, select Processor, and then change the Number of logical processors to 4, and increase the Virtual machine reserve (percentage) to 100.
Decide whether you need a CD/DVD drive for this
Option Description If you do not need a CD/DVD drive
- From the Hardware list, under IDE Controller 1, select DVD Drive.
- Click Remove, and then Apply.
If you need a CD/DVD drive
Important: You cannot have an empty CD/DVD device attached to a BIG-IQ VE until after the virtual machine has been started for the first time and the virtual disk is successfully initialized. If you need an empty-state CD/DVD device on this BIG-IQ VE, you can add it to the device after start up and initialization.
- From the Hardware list, under IDE Controller 1, select DVD Drive.
- Under Media, select Image file.
- Click Browse, then select a valid .ISO media file, and click Apply.
Specify the additional network adapters (NICs)
you need for this BIG-IQ VE.
The first NIC (added in step 8) is automatically designated for management traffic. Additional NICs (known as self-IP ports) are required. One additional NIC is needed for BIG-IP device discovery and communication. Another additional NIC is needed if you need a high-availability configuration. You can add as many additional NICs (up to a total of nine) as you need, and name them to suit your requirements.
- Click Add Hardware, select Network Adapter, click Add, choose a target network from the Virtual switch list, and then click Apply.
- If the F5 VE will be used in a high-availability configuration, click the third Network Adapter, click Add, select the appropriate Virtual switch, and then click Apply.
- Continue adding NICs and network virtual switches until you have as many as you will need, then proceed to the next step.
In the Management area, click Automatic Stop Action and
select Shut down the guest
This setting ensures that the F5 VE virtual machine restarts with all previously-configured virtual hardware, and at the current system time.
- Click OK to save your changes and close the Settings window.
Power on the BIG-IQ VE virtual machine for the first time
- Open the Hyper-V Manager client.
- Select the virtual machine that you want to power on.
From the Action menu, choose Start.
The status icon changes to indicate that the virtual machine is on. The virtual machine boots and becomes ready for configuration.
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.
If no IP address was assigned, you can assign one by using the Configuration utility.
- In the Hyper-V Manager, locate and highlight the virtual machine to which you want to assign the management IP address.
In the Actions pane, select
The console screen opens. After a few seconds, a login prompt appears.
- 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.