The host hardware CPU must meet the following requirements.
The number of licensed TMM cores determines how much memory the host system requires.
|Number of cores||Memory required|
The guest should have a minimum of 4 GB of RAM for the initial 2 virtual CPUs. For each additional CPU, you should add an additional 2 GB of RAM.
|Provisioned memory||Supported modules||Details|
|4 GB or fewer||Two modules maximum.||AAM can be provisioned as standalone only.|
|4-8 GB||Three modules maximum.||
BIG-IP® DNS does not count toward the module limit.
Exception: Application Acceleration Manager™ (AAM®) cannot be provisioned with any other module; AAM is standalone only.
|8 GB||Three modules maximum.||BIG-IP DNS does not count toward the module-combination limit.|
|12 GB or more||All modules.||N/A|
The BIG-IP® modules you want to use determine how much storage the guest needs.
|Provisioned storage||Supported modules||Details|
|8 GB||Local Traffic Manager™ (LTM®) module only; no space for LTM upgrades.||You can increase storage if you need to upgrade LTM or provision additional modules.|
|38 GB||LTM module only; space for installing LTM upgrades.||You can increase storage if you decide to provision additional modules. You can also install another instance of LTM on a separate partition.|
|127 GB||All modules and space for installing upgrades.||The Application Acceleration Manager™ (AAM®) module requires 20 GB of additional storage dedicated to AAM. For information about configuring the Datastore volume, see Disk Management for Datastore on the AskF5™ Knowledge Base (http://support.f5.com) for details.|
For production environments, virtual disks should be deployed Thick (allocated up front). Thin deployments are acceptable for lab environments.
When you deploy BIG-IP® VE, a specific number of virtual network interfaces (vNICs) are available.
For Hyper-V, three virtual NICs are required, at a minimum. More NICs are required if the high availability option is configured.
Each virtual machine can have a maximum of 8 virtual NICs. If you have a legacy virtual NIC, you can use it for management access and still have 8 NICs for dataplane. (The legacy NIC is not supported for the dataplane.) For peak performance, F5® does not recommend using legacy NICs.