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Using the Setup Utility



Creating the initial software configuration with the Setup utility

Once you install and connect the hardware and obtain a license, the next step in the installation process is to turn the system on and run the Setup utility. The Setup utility defines the initial configuration settings required to install the BIG-IP system into the network. You can run the Setup utility remotely from a web browser, or from an SSH or Telnet client, or you can run it directly from the console.

Before you connect to the unit, we recommend that you gather the list of information outlined in the configuration worksheet provided with the BIG-IP system. Note that the screens you see are tailored to the specific hardware and software configuration that you have. For example, if you have a stand-alone system, the Setup utility skips the redundant system screens.

Once you have configured the base network elements with the Setup utility, you might want to further enhance the configuration of these elements. For additional information about these configuration tasks, see Chapter 3, Post-Setup Tasks .

Warning


The license file installed on the system must be compatible with the latest version of the BIG-IP software before you run the Setup utility. If it is not, you must update the license using the registration key provided to you by your vendor. If you do not have a registration key, please contact your vendor to obtain one. If you choose to continue without obtaining a license, the BIG-IP software will not be fully functional.

Connecting to the BIG-IP system for the first time

The Setup utility prompts you to enter the same information, whether you run the utility from a web browser, or from the command line. If you run the utility from the console, no reboot is necessary; if you run the utility from the web, the unit reboots automatically; if you run the utility from an SSH client, we recommend that you reboot the unit after you complete the setup. This reboot automatically removes the default IP address and root password provided specifically for the purposes of running the Setup utility remotely. The BIG-IP software replaces the default IP address and root password with the password and IP addresses that you define while running the utility.


Running the utility from the console or serial terminal

Before you can run the Setup utility from either the console or a serial terminal, you must first log in. Use the following default user name and password to log in.

Username: root

Password: default

After you log in, you can start the utility directly from the console or serial terminal by typing the command setup.


Running the Setup utility remotely

You can run the Setup utility remotely only from a workstation that is on the same LAN as the unit. To allow remote connections for the Setup utility, the BIG-IP software comes with two pre-defined IP addresses, and a pre-defined root password. The default root password is default, and the preferred default IP address is 192.168.1.245. If this IP address is unsuitable for your network, the BIG-IP software uses an alternate IP address, 192.168.245.245. However, if you define an IP alias on an administrative workstation in the same IP network as the BIG-IP system, the unit detects the network of the alias and uses the corresponding default IP address.

Once the utility finishes and the system reboots, these default IP addresses are replaced by the information that you entered in the Setup utility.


Setting up an IP alias for the default IP address before you start the unit

You must set up an IP alias for your remote workstation before you turn on the unit and start the Setup utility. The remote workstation must be on the same IP network as the unit. If you add this alias prior to booting up the BIG-IP system, the unit detects the alias and uses the corresponding address.

To set up an IP alias for the alternate IP address

The IP alias must be in the same network as the default IP address you want the BIG-IP system to use. For example, on a UNIX workstation, you might create one of the following aliases:

  • If you want the unit to use the default IP address 192.168.1.245, then add an IP alias to the machine you want to use to connect to the unit using the following command:

    ifconfig exp0 add 192.168.1.1

  • If you want to use the default IP address 192.168.245.245, then add an IP alias such as:

    ifconfig exp0 add 192.168.245.1

Warning


On Microsoft Windows® or Windows NT® machines, you must use a static IP address, not DHCP. Within the network configuration, add an IP alias in the same network as the IP address in use on the unit. For information about adding a static IP address to a Microsoft Windows operating system, please refer to the vendor's documentation.

Determining which default IP address is in use

After you configure an IP alias on the administrative workstation in the same IP network as the BIG-IP system and you turn the system on, the BIG-IP software sends ARPs on the internal VLAN to see if the preferred 192.168.1.245 IP address is in use. If the address is appropriate for your network and is currently available, the BIG-IP software assigns it to the internal VLAN. You can immediately use it to connect to the unit and start the Setup utility.

If the alternate network is present on the LAN, 192.168.245.0/24, or if the node address 192.168.1.245 is in use, then the BIG-IP software assigns the alternate IP address 192.168.245.245 to the internal VLAN instead.


Starting the utility from a web browser

When you start the utility from a web browser, you use the selected default IP address as the application URL.

To start the Setup utility in a web browser

  1. Open a web browser on a workstation connected to the same IP network as the internal VLAN of the unit.
  2. Type the following URL, where <default IP> is the IP address in use on the BIG-IP internal VLAN.
    https://<default IP>
  3. At the login prompt, type root for the user name, and default for the password.
    The Configuration Status screen opens.
  4. On the Configuration Status screen, click Setup Utility.
  5. Fill out each screen using the information from the Setup utility configuration list. After you complete the Setup utility, the BIG-IP system reboots and uses the new settings you defined.

    Note


    You can rerun the Setup utility from a web browser at any time by clicking the Setup utility link on the welcome screen.

Starting the utility from the command line

You can run the command line version of the Setup utility from the console or serial terminal, or from a remote SSH client, or from a Telnet client.

To start the Setup utility from the console

  1. At the login prompt, type root for the user name, and default for the password.
  2. At the BIG-IP prompt, type the following command to start the command-line based Setup utility.

    setup

  3. Fill out each screen using the information from the Configuration worksheet. After you complete the Setup utility, the BIG-IP system uses the new settings you defined.

To start the Setup utility from the command line from a remote administrative workstation

  1. Start an SSH client on a workstation connected to the same IP network as the internal VLAN of the unit. (See Chapter 3, Post-Setup Tasks , for information on downloading the SSH client from the BIG-IP system.)
  2. Type the following command, where <default IP> is the IP address in use on the BIG-IP internal VLAN.

    ssh <default IP>

  3. At the login prompt, type root for the user name, and default for the password.
  4. At the BIG-IP prompt, type the following command to start the command-line based Setup utility.

    setup

  5. Fill out each screen using the information from the Configuration worksheet. After you complete the Setup utility, reboot the BIG-IP system by typing the following command:

    reboot

    Note


    You can rerun the Setup utility at any time using the setup command.

Using the Setup utility for the first time

The following sections provide detailed information about the settings that you define in the Setup utility.

Keyboard type

Select the type of keyboard you want to use with the BIG-IP system. The following options are available:

  • Belgian
  • Bulgarian MIK
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese - 106 key
  • Norwegian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • US + Cyrillic
  • US - Standard 101 key (default)
  • United Kingdom

Product selection

If you are configuring a BIG-IP Cache Controller, BIG-IP FireGuard, or BIG-IP LB Controller, you must now select one of these three as your product. When you have made your selection, the features supported by that product are enabled.

Note


You may change your product selection at a later time by running the command line version of the Setup utility and selecting the Select type of BIG-IP option.

Warning


Once you have configured your system based on one of the three product selections (BIG-IP Cache Controller, BIG-IP FireGuard, or BIG-IP LB Controller), changing the product selection will most likely invalidate that configuration. Therefore, you need to change and update your configuration after you have rebooted the system under the new product selection.

Root password

A root password allows you command line administrative access to the BIG-IP system. We recommend that the password contain a minimum of 6 characters, but no more than 32 characters. Passwords are case-sensitive, and we recommend that your password contain a combination of upper- and lower-case characters, as well as numbers and special characters (for example, !@#$%^&*). Once you enter a password, the Setup utility prompts you to confirm your root password by typing it again. If the two passwords match, your password is immediately saved. If the two passwords do not match, the Setup utility provides an error message and prompts you to re-enter your password.


Host name

The host name identifies the BIG-IP system itself. Host names must be fully qualified domain names (FQDNs). The host portion of the name must start with a letter, and must be at least two characters. The FQDN must be less than or equal to 256 characters, but not less than 1 character. Each label part of the name must be 63 characters or fewer. Only letters, numbers, and the characters underscore ( _ ), dash ( - ), and period ( . ) are allowed. For example:

<host 63 characters or less>.<label 63 characters or less>.net

Warning


You should only change the host name of the system with the Setup utility. Editing /etc/hosts, or using the hostname command to change the host name renders the system inaccessible.

Redundant system settings

There are three types of settings you need to define for redundant systems: unit IDs, fail-over IP addresses, and fail-over type.


Unit IDs

The default unit ID number is 1. If this is the first unit in the redundant system, use the default. When you configure the second unit in the system, type 2. These unit IDs are used for active-active redundant configuration.


Choosing a fail-over IP address

A fail-over IP address is the IP address of the unit that takes over if the current unit fails. Type in the IP address configured on the internal interface of the other BIG-IP unit in the redundant system.


Fail-over type

There are two types of fail-over to choose from: hard-wired fail-over, and network fail-over. Choose hard-wired fail-over if you plan to connect the units together with the fail-over cable provided with the redundant system. Choose network fail-over if you plan to use the network that the units are connected to for fail-over functionality.

Note


Hard-wired fail-over is only available if the platform supports hard-wired fail-over.

Setting the interface media type

Configure media settings for each interface. The media type options depend on the network interface card included in your hardware configuration. The Setup utility prompts you with the settings that apply to the interface installed in the unit. The BIG-IP system supports the following types:

  • auto
  • 10baseT
  • 10baseT, FDX
  • 100baseTX
  • 100baseTX, FDX
  • Gigabit Ethernet

    Note


    For best results, choose the auto setting. In some cases, devices configured for the auto media are incompatible, and the proper duplex setting will not be negotiated. In these cases you may need to set the media settings to the same speed and duplex on this device and the corresponding switch or host. Check your switch or hub documentation for this information.

Warning


The configuration utility lists only the network interface devices that it detects during system boot. If the utility lists fewer interface devices than you expected, a network adapter may have come loose during shipping. Check the LED indicators on the network adapters to ensure that they are working and are connected.

Configuring VLANs and IP addresses

You can create a new VLAN or use the default VLANs to create the BIG-IP system configuration.

Determine whether you want to have security enabled for a VLAN, or disabled for the VLAN. Then, type the IP address settings for the VLAN. The IP address settings include:

  • Port Lockdown settings
  • IP address, netmask, and broadcast
  • Floating self IP address, netmask, and broadcast

    Note


    We recommend that you set the floating self IP address as the default route for target devices, such as servers. The floating self IP address is owned by the active unit in an active/standby configuration.

    Note


    The IP address of the external VLAN is not the IP address of your site or sites. The IP addresses of the sites themselves are specified by the virtual IP addresses associated with each virtual server you configure.

Assigning interfaces to VLANs

After you configure the VLANs that you want to use on the BIG-IP system, you can assign interfaces to the VLANs. If you use the default internal and external VLANs, we recommend that you assign at least one interface to the external VLAN, and at least one interface to the internal VLAN. The external VLAN is the one on which the BIG-IP system receives connection requests. The internal VLAN is typically the one that is connected to the network of servers, firewalls, or other equipment that the BIG-IP system load balances.


Associating the primary IP address and VLAN with the host name

After you assign interfaces to VLANs, and if you have more than one VLAN defined, you can choose one VLAN/IP address combination as the primary IP address to associate with the unit host name.


Configuring a default gateway pool

If a BIG-IP system does not have a predefined route for network traffic, the unit automatically sends traffic to the pool that you define as the default gateway pool. You can think of the default gateway pool as a pool of default routes. Typically, a default gateway pool is set to two or more gateway IP addresses. If you type more than one default gateway IP address, the additional gateways provide high availability for administrative connections. The first address you type becomes the default route. If a gateway in the default gateway pool becomes inactive, existing connections through the inactive gateway are routed through another gateway in the default gateway pool. If you type one IP address, no pool is created and that address is entered as the default route.

Warning


All default gateway IP addresses you add to the default gateway pool must be in the same IP network as the BIG-IP system.

Configuring remote web server access

The BIG-IP web server provides the ability to set up remote web access on each VLAN. When you set up web access on a VLAN, you can connect to the web-based configuration utility through the VLAN. To enable web access, specify a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) for each VLAN. The BIG-IP web server configuration also requires that you define a password for the admin user. If SSL is available, the configuration also generates authentication certificates.

Note


If the host name portion of the FQDN is greater than 64 characters, the BIG-IP software cannot use it for the web server FQDN.

The Setup utility guides you through a series of screens to set up remote web access.

  • The first screen prompts you to select the VLAN you want to configure for web access. After you select an interface to configure, the utility prompts you to type a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) for the interface. You can configure web access on one or more interfaces.
  • After you configure the interface, the utility prompts you for a password for the admin user account.
  • After you type a password for the admin user account, you have the option to type the IP addresses from which web-interface connections are allowed.
  • After you type the IP addresses that are allowed to access the unit with the admin account, the certification screen prompts you for country, state, city, company, and division.

Warning


If you ever change the IP addresses or host names on the BIG-IP interfaces, you must reconfigure the BIG-IP web server and the portal to reflect your new settings.

Warning


You should only add users, or change passwords for existing users, through the Configuration utility.

Warning


If you have modified the remote web server configuration outside of the Configuration utility, be aware that some changes may be lost when you run the Setup utility. This utility overwrites the httpd.conf file and openssl.conf.

Configuring remote administrative access

After you configure remote web access, the Setup utility prompts you to configure remote command line access. On most BIG-IP units, the first screen you see is the Configure SSH screen, which prompts you to type an IP address for SSH command line access. If SSH is not available, you are prompted to configure access through Telnet, RSH, and FTP instead.

When the Setup utility prompts you to enter an IP address for administration, you can type a single IP address or a list of IP addresses, from which the BIG-IP system will accept administrative connections (either remote shell connections, or connections to the web server on the BIG-IP system). To specify a range of IP addresses, you can use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard character in the IP addresses.

The following example allows remote administration from all hosts on the 192.168.2.0/24 network:

192.168.2.*

Note


For administration purposes, you can connect to the BIG-IP floating self IP address, which always connects you to the active unit in an active/standby redundant system. To connect to a specific unit, connect directly to the IP address of that BIG-IP unit.

Setting support access

Next, the Setup utility prompts you to set up a support access account. If you would like to activate a support access account to allow your vendor access to the BIG-IP unit, type a password for the support account. Next, select the access type you want for the support account.

Setting the time zone

Next, you need to specify your time zone. This ensures that the clock for the BIG-IP system is set correctly, and that dates and times recorded in log files correspond to the time zone of the system administrator. Scroll through the list to find the time zone at your location. Note that one option may appear with multiple names. Select the time zone you want to use, and press the Enter key to continue.


Configuring NTP support

You can synchronize the time on the unit to a public time server by using Network Time Protocol (NTP). NTP is built on top of TCP/IP and assures accurate, local timekeeping with reference to clocks located on the Internet. This protocol is capable of synchronizing distributed clocks, within milliseconds, over long periods of time. If you choose to enable NTP, make sure UDP port 123 is open in both directions when the unit is behind a firewall.


Configuring the DNS proxy forwarding settings

This option is only available if you do not have the 3-DNS module installed. You need to complete this step only if you want machines inside the network load-balanced by the BIG-IP system to use DNS servers outside of that network (for example, for reverse DNS lookup from a web server).

Specify the DNS name server and domain name for DNS proxy forwarding by the BIG-IP system. For more information on DNS proxy forwarding, see Chapter 3, Post-Setup Tasks .

If you have the 3-DNS module installed, please refer to the 3-DNS documentation for more information about configuring DNS.


Activating one-time auto-discovery

The one-time auto-discovery option can automatically detect configuration information for the local system. One-time auto-discovery can also detect configuration information for the local system's peer unit if you are configuring a redundant system. One-time auto-discovery has two parts: auto-discovery for local server information, and auto-discovery for links. One-time auto-discovery for the local system detects the self IPs and virtual servers. One-time auto-discovery for links detects the routers and links in the same data center as the local system. Note that you must activate the one-time auto-discovery for the local server option if you want to activate the one-time auto-discovery option for links.

Note


You see the auto-discovery options only if you configuring one of the following systems: standalone Link Controller, BIG-IP system with the Link Controller module, BIG-IP system with the 3-DNS module.

Configuring user authentication

When you run the Setup utility, you can configure authentication for BIG-IP system user accounts either through an external LDAP, RADIUS, or RSA SecurID® server, or locally on the BIG-IP system. The following sections describe these authentication options.

Note


The root and admin accounts are always authenticated locally.

Using the local LDAP database only

When you run the Setup utility, you are not required to configure an external LDAP, RADIUS, or RSA SecurID database to manage user authentication. Instead, you can use the default authentication mechanism, which is the BIG-IP system's local LDAP database. In this case, the local LDAP database manages not only authorization for the BIG-IP system users, but also authentication. All users subsequently attempting to log on to a BIG-IP system must enter a user name and password, which are checked against user data stored in the local database. If the user name and password are found and verified in that database, the user is authenticated.


Configuring the unit to use an external LDAP, RADIUS or RSA SecurID authentication server

When you run the Setup utility, you can configure an external (remote) server, (LDAP, RADIUS, or RSA SecurID), to manage user authentication for the BIG-IP system. When you choose this configuration option, all users subsequently attempting to log on to a BIG-IP system must enter a user name and password, which are checked against user data stored in that external database. If the user name and password are found and verified in that database, the user is authenticated.

Note


In the event that authentication fails with an external LDAP, RADIUS or RSA SecurID server, you can log in with accounts locally, such as the root and admin accounts.

Configuring external LDAP authentication

When you configure the unit to use an external LDAP server for user authentication you need the following information:

  • The IP address of the LDAP server, or the IP address of the primary server if you have more than one LDAP server.
  • The base distinguished name of each LDAP server. This name must be the same for each server.
  • Optionally, the user name of the account that you want to bind to the LDAP server as the search account. The search account is a read-only account used to do searches. This account must be able to access passwords. If you have more than one LDAP server, this account must be the same on each server.
  • If you configure an LDAP search account, you need the password for the that account. If you have more than one LDAP server, you must use the same search account and password.
  • After you configure external authentication, you need to set the authorization level, or role, for each user you want to allow to access the controller. You can do this after you complete the Setup utility. Add an account and role for each user in the User Administration screen of the Configuration utility. Since the external authentication server handles the password authentication, you do not need to enter a password for these users. For detailed instructions on setting roles for users, see Managing user accounts .

Configuring external RADIUS authentication

When you configure the unit to use an external RADIUS server for user authentication you need the following information:

  • The IP address of the RADIUS server, or the IP address of the primary server and secondary server if you have more than one RADIUS server.
  • The port configured for RADIUS traffic on your RADIUS server. Typically, the port configured for RADIUS is port 1645, the traditional RADIUS port, or port 1812, the new official RADIUS port.
  • The primary RADIUS secret, and if you have a secondary RADIUS server, the secondary RADIUS secret.
  • After you configure external authentication, you need to set the authorization level, or role, for each user you want to allow to access the controller. You can do this after you complete the Setup utility. Add an account and role for each user in the User Administration screen of the Configuration utility. Since the external authentication server handles the password authentication, you do not need to enter a password for these users. For detailed instructions on setting roles for users, see Managing user accounts .

Configuring RSA SecurID authentication

You can enable RSA SecurID® authentication from the command line version of the Setup utility only. Once you enable RSA SecurID authentication on the BIG-IP system using the Setup utility, you must use the web-based Configuration utility to complete the configuration.

To complete RSA SecurID configuration using the Configuration utility

  1. Open a browser session, and in the left pane of the Configuration utility, click System Admin.
    The User Administration screen displays.
  2. Click the RSA SecurID® Authentication Configuration link. This link displays only if RSA SecurID authentication is enabled on the BIG-IP system.
    The SecurID Configuration screen displays.
  3. To configure remote RSA SecurID authentication, you need to install the RSA SecurID authentication configuration file on the 3-DNS system. This file is generated on the RSA ACE/Server, and is usually called sdconf.rec. You need to transfer the sdconf.rec file to your windows system before you can import it to the BIG-IP system.
  4. On the SecurID Configuration screen, click the Browse button to locate the sdconf.rec file, and click Install to /config/ace/sdconf.rec to upload the configuration file. For information on generating the sdconf.rec file, please see the ACE/Server documentation included with the ACE/Server.
  5. Once you upload the sdconf.rec file to the BIG-IP system, you need to restart httpd from the command line. Restart httpd, by typing the following command:

    bigstart restart httpd

  6. After you configure external authentication, you need to set the authorization level, or role, for each user you want to allow to access the controller. You can do this after you complete the Setup utility and upload the configuration file. Add an account and role for each user in the User Administration screen of the Configuration utility. Since the RSA SecurID authentication server handles the password authentication, you do not need to enter a password for these users. For detailed instructions on setting roles for users, see Managing user accounts .

Configuring NameSurfer for zone file management

If you have the 3-DNS module installed, you can configure NameSurfer to handle DNS zone file management. We strongly recommend that you configure NameSurfer to handle zone file management by selecting NameSurfer to be the master on the unit. If you select NameSurfer as the master, NameSurfer converts the DNS zone files on the system, becomes the authoritative DNS, and automatically processes changes and updates to the zone files. (You can access the NameSurfer application directly from the Configuration utility for the 3-DNS module.)


Running the Setup utility after creating the initial software configuration

You normally run the Setup utility when the system is first installed as part of the installation procedure. However, you can also use the command line Setup utility to change existing settings at any time. This section describes running the Setup utility to change settings after you run it initially.

To run the Setup utility from the command line, type in the following command:

setup

After you complete the initial configuration, the Setup utility presents a menu of individual configuration options.

The Setup utility menu is divided into two different sections. The Setup utility includes the following required configuration options:

  • Set the default gateway pool
  • Configure VLANs and networking
  • Set host name
  • Set the root password
  • Configure web servers
  • Specify type of BIG-IP system (some versions of the BIG-IP software)

The following configuration selections are optional:

  • Configure DNS
  • Configure FTP
  • Set keyboard type
  • Define time servers
  • Configure NameSurfer (3-DNS module)
  • Initialize the iControl portal
  • Configure RSH
  • Configure SSH
  • Configure telnetd
  • Set time zone
  • Remote authentication
  • License activation
  • Configure remote access (for configuration synchronization)
  • Set support access

Figure 2.1 The Setup utility menu. Some of these options may not be available on your system.


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Options available only through the Setup utility menu

This section contains descriptions of options that are available only through the Setup utility menu. These options include:

  • Initializing the iControl portal
  • Configuring RSH
  • Configuring Telnet
  • Configuring FTP

Initialize the iControl portal

This option is available in the menu only after you create the initial software configuration. Select this option to configure the CORBA ports (IIOP and FSSL). This option prompts you for a list of IP addresses or host names you want to embed as objects in the Portal object reference. Typically, in a redundant system, this list includes the fail-over IP address of the other BIG-IP unit in the redundant system.

This option prompts you to set the Portal to use IP addresses instead of DNS names. If the Portal is set to use IP addresses, the BIG-IP system does not have to do a DNS lookup.

In addition to these settings, you can change the following iControl portal settings:

  • The security mode of the portal. You can allow the portal to handle non-secure requests.
  • The name of the Portal object reference file.
  • The Portal PID file name.

Configuring RSH

This option is available only in the menu after you create the initial software configuration. Use this option to configure the remote shell (rshd) server. This utility prompts you for an IP address from which administrators may access the BIG-IP system. You can use wildcard characters (*) to include all addresses from a specific part of the network. This utility also prompts you to create a support account for access by technical support.

If inetd is not currently configured, this utility configures inetd for the remote shell server (rshd). If the service port for rsh is closed, this utility opens the service port to permit rsh connections to the system.


Configuring Telnet

Use this option to configure the Telnet server only on a BIG-IP system. The Setup utility prompts you to configure each service independently. This allows you to enable Telnet.

The utility prompts you for a configuration address for each service from which administrators may access the BIG-IP system. You can use wildcard characters (*) to include all addresses from a specific part of the network. This utility also prompts you to create a support account for access by technical support.

If inetd is not currently configured, this utility configures inetd for the requested services. If the ports for Telnet are closed, this utility opens the ports to permit Telnet connections to the BIG-IP system.


Configuring FTP

Use this option to configure FTP on the BIG-IP system. The Setup utility prompts you for an IP address from which administrators may access the BIG-IP system with FTP. You can use wildcard characters (*) to include all addresses from a specific part of the network. This utility also prompts you to create a support account for access by technical support.

If the service port for FTP is closed, this utility opens the service port to permit FTP connections to the BIG-IP system.



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