The following diagram shows a simple single-NIC deployment of a BIG-IP® VE virtual appliance in Microsoft Azure. When you deploy BIG-IP VE from the Azure Marketplace, it is deployed in a single-NIC configuration. All other configurations must use an ARM template.
Follow the steps in this guide to create this deployment.
In this deployment, you can use the BIG-IP VE virtual appliance to process traffic in all of the ways an on-premise BIG-IP appliance processes traffic; for example, you can use it as a load balancer, to edit packets before they're sent to application servers, as a firewall, and so on.
As shown in the diagram, all access to the BIG-IP VE appliance is through the same IP address. Because of this, in a single-NIC configuration, the BIG-IP VE high availability (HA) feature does not work in Azure. (You cannot create an active-standby pair.) If you want to do HA, use the template available on http://github.com/f5networks.
To deploy the BIG-IP® Virtual Edition (VE) system on Azure, use the following checklist.
|1||Choose the F5 license that meet your needs.||See https://f5.com/products/how-to-buy/simplified-licensing for licensing information.|
|2||Choose the Azure instance that meets your needs.||Supported instances are listed in Azure instances for BIG-IP® VE.|
|3||Deploy a BIG-IP VE virtual appliance.||You can find a F5 BIG-IP VE image in the Azure Marketplace and create a virtual appliance from it. If you are using the Classic deployment model, the process will be different than the Resource Manager deployment model.|
|4||Log in and provision the BIG-IP VE.||Log in to the BIG-IP VE management user interface, using the username and password you specified during deployment. Then license and provision the BIG-IP VE.|
|5||Change the port assigned to the BIG-IP VE user interface.||By default, the BIG-IP user interface uses port 443 for management. If you want to use 443 for other traffic, change the BIG-IP VE user interface port to something else (8443 or 10443, for example).|
Choose the Microsoft Azure instance based on the F5® license you need. For more information about F5 licenses, see https://f5.com/products/how-to-buy/simplified-licensing.