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 Hyper-V 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. For lab editions, required reserves can be less. For each virtual machine, the Hyper-V virtual machine guest environment permits a maximum of 8 network adapters or 1 legacy virtual network adapter as a management port and 8 network adapters as dataplane ports. The legacy network adapter is not supported for the dataplane. For peak performance, F5 recommends using only network adapters.
There are also some maximum configuration limits to consider for deploying a BIG-IP VE virtual machine, such as:
The size of the image that you choose to download determines both the number of slots and the number and type of modules that are supported on the VE instance.
|Allocated disk space||Supported module combinations||Module specific concerns|
|7 GB||LTM only on a single slot||You cannot install upgrades or hotfixes to this version.|
|31 GB||LTM only on two slots.||This option can be extended and upgraded with new versions and hot fix updates. It does not allow installing any modules besides LTM, GTM, or LTM + GTM.|
|100 GB||Supports all modules. Two slots are supported with potential room to install a third.||
This option can be extended and upgraded with new versions and hot fix updates. It allows installing any combination of other modules supported by the current version of BIG-IP VE software.
The general memory requirement recommendation for BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) is 2 GB per virtual CPU. Additionally, the following memory guidelines may be helpful in setting expectations based on which modules are licensed on VE guests.
|Provisioned memory||Supported module combinations||Module specific concerns|
|12 GB or more||All module combinations are fully supported.||N/A|
|8 GB||Provisioning more than three modules together is not supported.||GTM and Link Controller do not count toward the module-combination limit.|
|More than 4 GB, but less than 8 GB||Provisioning more than three modules together is not supported. (See module-specific concerns relating to AAM).||
Application Acceleration Manager (AAM) cannot be provisioned with any other module; AAM can only be provisioned as Standalone.
GTM and Link Controller do not count toward the module-combination limit.
|4 GB or less||Provisioning more than two modules together is not supported.||AAM can only be provisioned as Dedicated.|