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Manual Chapter: Getting Started with BIG-IP Virtual Edition on Google Cloud Platform
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Sample single-NIC topology for BIG-IP VE on Google Cloud Platform

The following diagram shows a basic single NIC deployment of BIG-IP® VE in the Google Cloud Platform environment. Follow the steps in this guide to create this deployment.

As the diagram shows, all access to the BIG-IP VE is through the same IP address and virtual network interface (vNIC). When you first boot BIG-IP VE, the system automatically creates networking objects (vNIC 1.0, an internal VLAN, and an internal self IP address) for you, and sets the port for the BIG-IP Configuration utility to 8443.

Because only one self IP address is available in this configuration, the BIG-IP VE high availability feature is not available. (You cannot create an active-standby pair.) If you have two or more applications that need access to the same port, you have several options, including:
  • BIG-IP VE supports Server Name Indicator (SNI), which allows a single virtual IP address to host multiple domains. For more information, see support.f5.com/csp/article/K13452.
  • If you are using Windows/IIS web sites, add a DNS record for each domain name and have them both point to the same IP address. The browser sends the URL in the host header field of the request and the correct web site is served.
  • Use BIG-IP iRules® to make pool decisions based on header content.

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