The first step in deploying BIG-IP® Virtual Edition (VE) is to
download the compressed OVF file to your local system. Next, you can run the Deploy OVF
Template wizard from within the vCloud Director
vSphere client. Follow the steps in this procedure to
create an instance of the BIG-IP system that runs as a virtual machine on the host
Important: Do not modify the configuration of the vCloud Director guest environment with settings less powerful than the
ones recommended in this document. This includes the settings for the CPU, RAM, and
network adapters. Doing so might produce unexpected results.
Note: The following procedures are a suggested
guideline. F5 Networks highly suggests that you consult vCloud Director documentation for template creation as the steps might
differ with your organization's vCloud Director deployment.
In a browser, open the F5 Downloads page
If you have not already logged in, you must log in before proceeding.
On the Downloads Overview page, select Find a
The Select a Product line screen opens.
Under Product Line, select BIG-IP v12.x/Virtual
The Select a Product Version and Container for BIG-IP V12.X/VIRTUAL
EDITION screen opens.
From the version list at the top of the screen, select the version number that
you want to install.
The screen lists the product containers for BIG-IP VE version you
Under Name, select Virtual-Edition.
The first time you select an option, the Software Terms and Conditions
screen opens. Otherwise, the Select a Download screen opens.
If the End User Software License is displayed, read through it and then click
The Select a Download screen opens.
Download the BIG-IP VE file package ending with
Extract the file from the Zip archive.
Start the vCloud Director
web-based client and log in.
Click vApp Templates tab, click
and on the
Browse for and select the extracted .ovf file, type a name
for the template, and click Upload.
Type a name and optional description for the vApp template.
Select a virtual data center and catalog.
Click Launch Uploads and Downloads Progress
Window to track the progress.
Click Add vApp from Catalog.
Select My organization's catalogs or Public
catalogs from the list, select a vApp template, and click
You can also enter an optional description for the vApp.
Read and accept the license agreement, and click Next.
The Name and Location pane opens.
In the Inventory Location area, select a folder name and click
Under Configure Virtual Machines, specify the full name
and computer name for the vApp, and configure the network settings.
Select the network for NIC0 from the list of networks.
This network is used to manage the BIG-IP system. The
Select IP Assignment – Static settings have
no effect, so you should configure IP address for management interface
through the console after the VM starts. When using DHCP, you should
have a DHCP server on that network.
Select the networks for NIC1, NIC2, and NIC3.
Configure organizational settings, such as Fence vApp
and IP persistence for example, and click
Verify the settings and click Finish to start