Part of managing a BIG-IP® system involves configuring and maintaining a certain set of system properties. These properties consist of general platform properties, such as the BIG-IP system host name, IP address, and passwords for its system administrative accounts.
You can configure these general properties for the BIG-IP® system platform:
A BIG-IP® system is typically part of a device group that synchronizes configuration data across two or more BIG-IP devices and provides high availability (failover and connection mirroring).
To ensure that this operates successfully, you assign a device group (to the root folder) to which you want to synchronize configuration data. All folders and sub-folders in the folder hierarchy inherit this device group as a folder attribute.
You also assign a floating traffic group to the root folder. All folders and sub-folders in the folder hierarchy inherit this traffic group as a folder attribute.
Part of managing platform-related properties is maintaining passwords for the system account. You can also configure the system to allow certain IP addresses to access the BIG-IP® system through SSH.
When you ran the Setup utility on the BIG-IP® system, you set up some administrative accounts. Specifically, you set up the root and admin accounts. The root and admin accounts are for use by BIG-IP system administrators.
Users logging in with the root account have terminal and browser access to the BIG-IP system. By default, users logging in with the admin account have browser-only access to the BIG-IP system. You can use the general screen for platform properties to change the passwords for root and admin accounts on a regular basis. To change a password, locate the Root Account or Admin Account setting, and in the Password field, type a new password. In the Confirm field, re-type the same password.
When you configure SSH access, you enable user access to the BIG-IP® system through SSH. Also, only the IP addresses that you specify are allowed access to the system using SSH.