To successfully deploy and run the BIG-IP VE system, the host system must satisfy minimum requirements.
The host system must include:
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 Microsoft Hyper-V, 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 first steps in deploying BIG-IP VE are to download the Zip file and extract the virtual hard drive (VHD) file, and save it to the server running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 or 2012 with the Hyper-V role enabled. Next, you configure the virtual machine using Hyper-V Manager and the Settings window.
F5 performance testing has determined a number of configuration adjustments that optimize performance throughput for Microsoft Hyper-V VE. While none of these configuration settings and component recommendations are required for 1Gbps performance, F5 Networks testing has certified maximum throughput levels using these specific settings. Note that you may be able to achieve maximum throughput levels with settings and components other than those described here; follow these guidelines to insure success.
Optimum settings for the host system include:
Optimum settings for the Hyper-V Manager include:
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.