To successfully deploy and run the BIG-IP® VE system, the host system must satisfy minimum requirements.
The host system must include:
If SR-IOV support is required, then additional drivers and configuration steps are required; consult your Community Xen documentation for details.
SSL encryption processing on your VE will be faster if your host CPU supports the Advanced Encryption Standard New Instruction (AES-NI). Contact your CPU vendor for details on which CPUs provide AES-NI support.
The hypervisor memory requirement depends on the number of licensed TMM cores. The table describes these requirements.
|Number of Cores||Memory Required|
To deploy the BIG-IP® Virtual Edition (VE) system on Linux Xen Project, you need to perform these tasks:
After you complete these tasks, you can log in to the BIG-IP VE system and run the Setup utility. Using the Setup utility, you can perform basic network configuration tasks, such as assigning VLANs to interfaces.
The primary task in deploying BIG-IP® VE on the open source Community Xen environment is creating and executing a configuration file that sets up most of what you need to get up and running.
name = <config_file_name> maxmem = 4096 memory = 4096 vcpus = 2 builder = "hvm" boot = "c" pae = 1 acpi = 1 apic = 1 hpet = 1 localtime = 0 on_poweroff = "destroy" on_reboot = "restart" on_crash = "restart" sdl = 0 vnc = 1 vncunused = 1 keymap = "en-us" disk = [ "file:/mnt/xen-bender/bigip/<raw_file_name.raw>,hda,w" ] vif = [ "mac=00:16:<mgmt_interface_mac>,bridge=mgmtbr,script=vif-bridge", "mac=00:16:3e:<external_interface_mac>,bridge=ext_bridge,script=vif-bridge", "mac=00:16:3e:<internal_interface_mac>,bridge=int_bridge,script=vif-bridge",] parallel = "none" serial = "pty" #pci = [ '05:10.0', '05:10.1' ]
There are two default accounts used for initial configuration and setup:
You should change passwords for both accounts before bringing a system into production.
You can use a hypervisor generic statement such as tmsh show sys management-ip to confirm that the management IP address has been properly assigned.