BIG-IP® Virtual Edition (VE) is a version of the BIG-IP system that runs as a virtual machine in specifically-supported hypervisors. BIG-IP VE virtualizes a hardware-based BIG-IP system running a VE-compatible version of BIG-IP® software.
Each time there is a new release of BIG-IP® Virtual Edition (VE) software, it includes support for additional hypervisor management products. The Virtual Edition and Supported Hypervisors Matrix on the AskF5™ website, http://support.f5.com, details which hypervisors are supported for each release.
The Community Xen virtual machine guest environment for the BIG-IP® Virtual Edition (VE), at minimum, must include:
For production licenses, F5 Networks suggests using the maximum configuration limits for the BIG-IP VE system. Reservations can be less for lab editions. For each virtual machine, the Community Xen virtual machine guest environment permits a maximum of 10 network adapters. You can either deploy these as a management port and 9 dataplane ports or a management port, 8 dataplane ports, and an HA port.
There are also some maximum configuration limits to consider for deploying a BIG-IP VE virtual machine, such as:
If you want to disable support for TCP Segmentation Offloading (TSO), you must submit a tmsh command, because the TSO feature is enabled by default. Note that enabling TSO support also enables support for large receive offload (LRO) and Jumbo Frames.
You must have the Admin user role to enable or disable TSO support for a hypervisor.
If you want support for SR-IOV, in addition to using the correct hardware and BIOS settings, you must configure hypervisor settings before you set up the guests.
You must have an SR-IOV-compatible network interface card (NIC) installed, and the SR-IOV BIOS enabled before you can configure SR-IOV support.
Refer to the documentation included with your hypervisor operating system for information on support and configuration for SR-IOV.