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Manual Chapter: Introducing the IP Application Switch
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Externally, the IP Application Switch platforms look similar. However, there are internal differences and some minor external differences.
1500 platform
This platform is designed for the best performance at the price. This switch can manage all the capabilities of F5 Networks traffic management software. The 1500 platform (Figure 1.1) provides the power of two SFPs (LC connector type) and four (10/100/1000) interfaces, with SSL processing available as an additional add-on through the software license.
3400 platform
The 3400 platform is available with two SFPs (LC connector type) and eight (10/100/1000) interfaces (Figure 1.2).
3410 platform
The 3410 platform is available with ten SFPs (LC connector type) interfaces (Figure 1.2).
6400 and 6800 platforms
The 6400 and 6800 platforms are available with four SFPs (LC connector type and sixteen (10/100/1000) interfaces (Figure 1.3). The 6400 platform is available in a network equipment-building systems (NEBS) compliant version.
Connect the IP Application Switch to the network, and optionally connect the peripheral hardware. For more information on mounting the hardware and attaching cables, see Installing and connecting the hardware.
The IP Application Switch comes with the hardware that you need for installation. However, you must also provide standard peripheral hardware, such as a serial terminal, if you want to administer the IP Application Switch directly.
When you unpack the IP Application Switch, you should make sure that the following components, shown in Figure 1.4, are included:
If you purchased a hardware-based redundant system, you also received one fail-over cable to connect the two IP Application Switch units together (network-based redundant systems do not require a fail-over cable).
Important: The power cable included with this unit is for exclusive use with this unit and should not be used with other electrical appliances.
If you plan to use direct administrative access to the IP Application Switch, you need standard input/output hardware. This requires a serial terminal and a null modem cable.
If you want to use the default IP Application Switch configuration, you must have an administrative workstation on the same IP network as the IP Application Switch.
You also need network hubs, switches, or concentrators to connect to the IP Application Switch network interfaces. The devices you select must be compatible with the network interface cards installed in the IP Application Switch. The devices can support 10/100 Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet.
You can use a USB drive compatible with the system for installing upgrades and for system recovery. You can perform an upgrade or system recovery with almost any non-CDRW USB drive. Even though most USB CD-ROMS should work, we cannot guarantee compatibility with all makes and models.
If you plan on doing remote administration from your own PC workstation as most users do, we recommend that you have your workstation already in place on the same subnet to which the management interface is connected.
The IP Application Switch comes in several different hardware configurations. Before you begin to install the IP Application Switch, you may want to quickly review the following figures that illustrate the controls and ports on both the front and the back of an IP Application Switch.
You need to be familiar with both the front and back layout of an IP Application Switch. Figure 1.5 illustrates the front of a 6400 or 6800 series IP Application Switch. Figure 1.6 illustrates the front view of the 1500 series. The front of the 3400 platform is very similar to the front of the 1500 series. On the front of the unit, you can turn the unit off and on, or you can reset the unit. You can also view the indicator lights for hard disk access.
The interfaces on every IP Application Switch are labeled, so it should be clear what each port is, no matter which hardware configuration you have purchased.
If you have physical access to the unit, you can use the front-panel LEDs to assess the condition of the unit. For details about the behavior of the LEDs, see Understanding LED behavior.
Figure 1.6 illustrates the front of the 1500 platform. The front of the 3400 platform is very similar to the front of the 1500 platform.
Figure 1.7 illustrates the back of a IP Application Switch. Note that all ports are labeled.
Power 2 (left receptacle; used only if
optional second power supply is installed)
This guide describes the features of the 1500, 3400, 6400, and 6800 IP Application Switch platforms. This guide contains the following information about these platforms.
Installing the hardware
You can learn how to install the hardware in a rack.
Understanding the ports and interfaces
You can understand the intended use of the ports and interfaces on each platform.
Using the LCD panel
You can learn how to understand and use the LCD panel.
Understanding LED behavior
You can learn how to decipher what conditions are signaled by the LEDs.
Replacing a fan tray and filter
You can learn how to replace a fan tray and filter.
Understanding the environmental guidelines
This chapter includes detailed environmental guidelines for each platform.
Understanding platform airflow
This chapter includes detailed airflow diagrams for each platform.
Learning the hardware specifications
This chapter provides details about the hardware specifications for each platform.
In addition to this guide, there are other sources of the documentation you can use in order to work with the BIG-IP system. The information is organized into the guides and documents described below. The following printed documentation is included with the BIG-IP system.
Configuration Worksheet
This worksheet provides you with a place to plan the basic configuration for the BIG-IP system.
BIG-IP Quick Start Instructions
This pamphlet provides you with the basic configuration steps required to get the BIG-IP system up and running in the network.
Installation, Licensing, and Upgrades for BIG-IP® Systems
This guide provides detailed information about installing upgrades to the BIG-IP system. It also provides information about licensing the BIG-IP system software and connecting the system to a management workstation or network.
Configuration Guide for BIG-IP® Local Traffic Management
This guide contains any information you need for configuring the BIG-IP system to manage local network traffic. With this guide, you can perform tasks such as creating virtual servers and load balancing pools, configuring application and persistence profiles, implementing health monitors, and setting up remote authentication.
BIG-IP® Network and System Management Guide
This guide contains any information you need to configure and maintain the network and system-related components of the BIG-IP system. With this guide, you can perform tasks such as configuring VLANs, assigning self IP addresses, creating administrative user accounts, and managing a redundant system.
BIG-IP® Command Line Interface Guide
This guide contains information you need if you choose to configure the BIG-IP system using the command line interface instead of the Configuration utility. It includes instructions for handling specific tasks, but it does not include instructions for configuring every aspect of the system. It also contains an appendix with detailed information about the bigpipe commands.
To help you easily identify and understand important information, our documentation uses the stylistic conventions described below.
All examples in this documentation use only private class IP addresses. When you set up the solutions we describe, you must use valid IP addresses suitable to your own network in place of our sample addresses.
To help you identify sections where a term is defined, the term itself is shown in bold italic text. For example, a virtual server is a specific combination of a virtual address and virtual port, associated with a content site that is managed by a BIG-IP system or other type of host server.
We apply bold text to a variety of items to help you easily pick them out of a block of text. These items include web addresses, IP addresses, utility names, and portions of commands, such as variables and keywords. For example, with the bigpipe pool <pool_name> show command, you can specify a specific pool to show by specifying a pool name for the <pool_name> variable.
We use italic text to denote a reference to another document. In references where we provide the name of a book as well as a specific chapter or section in the book, we show the book name in bold, italic text, and the chapter/section name in italic text to help quickly differentiate the two. For example, for more information refer to Chapter 2, Connecting a Management Workstation or Network, in Installation, Licensing, and Upgrades for BIG-IP® Systems.
We show complete commands in bold Courier text. Note that we do not include the corresponding screen prompt, unless the command is shown in a figure that depicts an entire command line screen. For example, the following command shows the configuration of the specified pool name:
Table 1.1 explains additional special conventions used in command line syntax.
Identifies a user-defined parameter. For example, if the command has <your name>, type in your name, but do not include the brackets.
Means is defined as. Indicates that an argument is followed by the description of the elements that you can use for the argument.
Online help for local traffic management
The Configuration utility has online help for each screen. The online help contains descriptions of each control and setting on the screen. Click the Help tab in the left navigation pane to view the online help for a screen.
Welcome screen in the Configuration utility
The Welcome screen in the Configuration utility contains links to many useful web sites and resources, including:
F5 Networks Technical Support web site
The F5 Networks Technical Support web site, https://support.f5.com, provides the latest documentation for the product, including:
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