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 VMware 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. Reservations can be less for lab editions. For each virtual machine, the VMware virtual machine guest environment permits a maximum of 10 virtual network adapters (either 10 VMXNET3 with 1 management + 9 dataplane or 1 Flexible management + 9 VMXNET3 dataplane).
There are also some maximum configuration limits to consider for deploying a BIG-IP VE virtual machine, such as:
If you want to disable support for TCP Segmentation Offloading (TSO), you must submit a tmsh command, because the TSO feature is enabled by default. Note that enabling TSO support also enables support for large receive offload (LRO) and Jumbo Frames.
You must have the Admin user role to enable or disable TSO support for a hypervisor.
If you want support for SR-IOV, in addition to using the correct hardware and BIOS settings, you must configure hypervisor settings before you set up the guests.
From the hypervisor console use esxcli (the vSphere command line interface tool) commands to set the system module parameters for max_vfs.