To create a BIG-IP
® VE virtual appliance, download an image from F5® and deploy
it in your environment.
Important: Do not change the configuration (CPU,
RAM, and network adapters) of the Hyper-V guest
environment with settings less powerful than those recommended and described
In a browser, open the F5 Downloads page
(https://downloads.f5.com) and log in.
On the Downloads Overview page, select Find a
Under Product Line, select BIG-IP v12.x/Virtual
Under Name, select Virtual-Edition.
If the End User Software License is displayed, read it and then click
Download the BIG-IP VE file package ending with
Extract the file from the Zip archive and save it where your VHD files reside
on the Hyper-V server.
Start Hyper-V Manager, log in to the Hyper-V
server, and from the Actions pane, click New > Virtual Machine.
In the Name field, type a name for the BIG-IP VE virtual
machine and click Next.
In the Memory field, type 4096
and click Next.
Tip: To increase
performance, you can specify a value up to 8192.
For the Connection setting, select
Management and click
Map the source network HA to the name of a
high-availability network in your inventory.
Select the Use an existing virtual hard disk check box,
browse to the location where you saved your VHD file, select the file, open it,
and click Next.
In the Summary page, review the settings and click
The New Virtual Machine Wizard closes, and the new BIG-IP VE shows in
the Virtual Machines list.
From the Virtual Machines list, select the new BIG-IP VE.
The name of the BIG-IP VE appears in the bottom half of the Actions
In the lower half of the Actions pane, click Settings.
The Settings window for the selected BIG-IP VE opens.
From the Hardware list, select Processor, and then
change the Number of logical processors to
2, and increase the Virtual machine
reserve (percentage) to 100.
Click Add Hardware, select Network
Adapter and click Add. Repeat this for a
total of three adapters (or four for a high-availability configuration).
Click the second Network Adapter, and then from the Network list select
Click the third Network Adapter, and then from the Network list select
If the BIG-IP VE will be used in a high-availability configuration,
click the fourth Network Adapter, and then from the Network list select
In the Management area, click Automatic Stop Action and
select Shut down the guest operating system.
This setting ensures that the BIG-IP VE virtual machine restarts with
all previously configured virtual hardware and at the current system
Click OK to save your changes and close the Settings
Accessing the BIG-IP VE management user
If your network has DHCP, an IP address is
automatically assigned to BIG-IP® VE during deployment. You can use
this address to access the BIG-IP VE user interface or tmsh command-line
If no IP address was assigned, you can assign one by using the BIG-IP
In the Hyper-V Manager, locate and highlight the virtual machine to which you want to assign the management IP address.
In the Actions pane, choose Connect.
The console screen opens. After a few seconds, a login prompt
At the password prompt, type default.
Type config and press Enter.
The F5 Management Port Setup screen opens.
If you want DHCP to automatically assign an address for the management port,
select Yes. Otherwise, select No
and follow the instructions for manually assigning an IP address and netmask for
the management port.
You can use a hypervisor generic statement, such as tmsh show sys
management-ip to confirm that the management IP address has been
You can now log into the BIG-IP VE
user interface, and license and provision BIG-IP VE.