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Manual Chapter: Resource Provisioning
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About resource provisioning

You can manage the provisioning of system memory, disk space, and CPU usage among licensed modules on the BIG-IP® system.

There are four available resource allocation settings for modules.

None/Disabled
Specifies that a module is not provisioned. A module that is not provisioned does not run.
Dedicated
Specifies that the system allocates all CPU, memory, and disk resources to one module. When you select this option, the system sets all other modules to None (Disabled).
Nominal
Specifies that, when first enabled, a module gets the least amount of resources required. Then, after all modules are enabled, the module gets additional resources from the portion of remaining resources.
Minimum
Specifies that when the module is enabled, it gets the least amount of resources required. No additional resources are ever allocated to the module.

Provisioning the BIG-IP system using the Configuration utility

After you have activated a license on the BIG-IP® system, you can use the Configuration utility to provision the licensed modules.
  1. On the Main tab, click System > Resource Provisioning.
  2. For licensed modules, select either Minimum or Nominal, as needed.
  3. Click Submit.
  4. Reboot the system:
    1. On the Main tab, click System > Configuration > Device > General.
    2. Click Reboot.

Provisioning the BIG-IP system using tmsh

You can use tmsh to provision the BIG-IP® system. For more information about the tmsh provision options, type help sys provision.
Important: You must provision the BIG-IP system before you configure it; otherwise, you lose the system configuration when you provision the system.
  1. Open the Traffic Management Shell (tmsh). tmsh
  2. View the current provisioning of the system. list sys provision The system displays the provision configuration. In this example, the system has nominal provisioning for LTM® and the other modules are unprovisioned. sys provision avr { } sys provision gtm { } sys provision lc { } sys provision ltm { level nominal }
  3. Modify the current provisioning of the system using these parameters. modify sys provision <module_name> level <level_type> This example sets nominal provisioning for AVR. modify sys provision avr level nominal The system displays the provision configuration. In this example, the system now has nominal provisioning for LTM and AVR. sys provision avr { } sys provision gtm { } sys provision lc { } sys provision ltm { level nominal }
  4. Save the changes to the stored configuration. save sys config
  5. Verify the current provisioning of the system. list sys provision

About FPGA firmware selection

Some BIG-IP® systems support configuring the type of FPGA firmware that is enabled. You can choose from these types, depending on the hardware platform and provisioned modules.

L7L4_BALANCED_FPGA
Suitable for all uses.
L4_PERFORMANCE_FPGA
Suitable for CGNAT standalone, rules-based firewall deployments, and BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager™ (LTM®) L4-centric deployments.
Important: Some features might not be supported when using this firmware type. Also, you might not get the expected scalable performance on multi-blade VIPRION® C2400 chassis.

Selecting an FPGA firmware type

You can use the Configuration utility to select a specific FPGA firmware type.
  1. On the Main tab, click System > Resource Provisioning.
  2. For the FPGA Firmware Selection setting, select the check box for the FPGA firmware type that you would like to use.
  3. Click Submit.

Supported platforms for FPGA firmware selection

These platforms support FPGA firmware selection.

Platform family Platform model
VIPRION® B2250 blade
VIPRION C2200 chassis
VIPRION C2400 chassis
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