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Manual Chapter: BIG-IP Installation, Licensing, and Upgrades for BIG-IP Systems v9.0: Licensing and Configuring the System
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Licensing and Configuring the System

Licensing the traffic management software using the Configuration utility

To activate the license for the system, you must have a base registration key. The base registration key is a 27-character string that lets the license server know which F5 products you are entitled to license. If you do not already have a base registration key, you can obtain one from the sales group (

If the system is not yet licensed, the Configuration utility prompts you to enter the base registration key. Certain systems may require you to enter keys for additional modules in the Add-On Registration Key List box.

Before you can license the system, you need to consider the method you want to use to access the management interface on the system. For more information, see Understanding management connection options .

After you configure an IP address, net mask, and gateway on the management port, you can access the Configuration utility (graphical user interface) through the management port.

To license the system using the Configuration utility
  1. Open a web browser on a work station attached to the network on which you configured the management port.

  2. Type the following URL in the browser, where <IP address> is the address you configured for the management port (MGMT):

    https://<IP address>/

  3. At the password prompt, type the user name admin and the password admin, and click OK.

    The Licensing screen of the Configuration utility opens (Figure 3.1 ). The Setup utility, displays automatically the first time you run the Configuration utility.

  4. To begin the licensing process, click the Activate button.
    Follow the on-screen prompts to license the system. For additional information, click the Help tab.

    Note that you can update the license at any time by using the options that are available under the License section of the Main tab.

Creating the platform management configuration

After you have activated the license on the system, the Configuration utility prompts you for the basic configuration information for managing the system (Figure 3.2 ). This required information includes the following settings.

  • Management interface settings such as the IP address, netmask, and default gateway

  • Host IP address

  • High availability settings

  • Time zone settings

  • User account settings, such as the root and admin passwords

  • Support access

  • SSH access

Platform setup screen settings

The following pages provide some details on the required platform settings.

Management port

You can specify an IP address for the management (administrative) port. If you set the management interface IP address using the LCD screen that is available on some platforms, you do not need to configure this setting. You can also specify a network mask for the administrative port's IP address and the IP address of the default route for the management port.

Host name

You must enter a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) for the system. Only letters, numbers, and the characters underscore ( _ ), dash ( - ), and period
( . ) are allowed.

Host IP address

The host IP address is the IP address that you want to associate with the host name. You can select Use Management Port IP Address to associate the host name with the management port's IP address. This is the default setting.

Select Custom Host IP Address to type an IP address other than the management port's IP address.

High availability

A high availability system consists of two units that share configuration information and are fail-over peers. Select Single Device if the system is not a unit in a high availability system. Select Redundant Pair if the system is a unit in a high availability system.

Unit ID

Select 1 or 2 to identify the system's unit ID number in the redundant system. The default unit ID number is 1. If this is the first unit in the redundant system, use the default. When you configure the second unit in the system, type 2. These unit IDs are used for active-active redundant configuration.

Time zone

Select the time zone that most closely represents the location of the system. This ensures that the clock for the BIG-IP system is set correctly, and that dates and times recorded in log files correspond to the time zone of the system administrator. Scroll through the list to find the time zone at your location.

Root account

The root account provides only console access to this system. Type the password for the built-in account, root. In the Confirm box, retype the password that you typed in the Password box. If you mistype the password confirmation, the system prompts you to retype both entries.

Admin account

The admin account provides only browser access to the system. Type the password for the built-in account, admin. In the Confirm box, retype the password that you typed in the Password box. If you mistype the password confirmation, the system asks you to retype both entries.

Support account

This setting enables the built-in account, support, for access to the system's command line interface and browser interface. If you activate the account, you must also supply a password and password confirmation. The technical support staff uses the support account to analyze the system if you need assistance with troubleshooting issues.

SSH access

Check the Enabled box if you want to activate SSH access to the BIG-IP system.

SSH IP allow range

If you have enabled SSH access, you can specify the IP address or address range for other systems that can use SSH to communicate with the system. To grant unrestricted SSH access to all IP addresses select *All Addresses. To specify a range, select Specify Range, and then type an address or address range in the box, to restrict SSH access to a block of IP addresses. For example, to restrict access to only systems on the network, type 192.168.*.*.

Rerunning the Setup utility

Once you have configured the system, you can run the Setup portion of the Configuration utility again by clicking Run the Setup utility on the Welcome screen. As you proceed through the Setup utility, click the Help tab for information about the settings on each screen.

Configuring the traffic management network

Once you have licensed the system, and configured the basic management system settings, the Options screen opens in the Configuration utility. The Options screen contains two options for creating the traffic management configuration.

  • Basic Network Configuration
    Click the Next button to start the basic network configuration wizard. This wizard guides you through a basic network configuration that includes an internal and external VLAN and interface configuration.

  • Advanced Network Configuration
    If you want to create a custom traffic management configuration, click the Finished button to exit to the Main tab. Choose this option if you want to create a custom VLAN configuration. If you choose this option, after you click the Finished button, you should click the Network option on the Main tab.

Using the Basic Network Configuration wizard

You can use the Basic Configuration wizard to configure two default VLANs for the system, internal and external. Note that you can update the network configuration at any time by using the options that are available under the Network section on the System tab.

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