Using this implementation, you begin by running the Setup utility on each device to configure its base network components, that is, a management port, administrative passwords, and the default VLANs and their associated self IP addresses. You then continue running the Setup utility on each device to to establish a trust relationship between the two devices and create a Sync-Failover type of device group that contains two member devices.
After you have run the Setup utility on both devices, each device contains the default traffic group that the BIG-IP system automatically created during setup. A traffic group represents a set of configuration objects (such as floating self IP addresses and virtual IP addresses) that process application traffic. This traffic group actively processes traffic on one of the two devices, making that device the active device. When failover occurs, the traffic group will become active on (that is, float to) the peer BIG-IP device.
By default, the traffic group contains the floating self IP addresses of the default VLANs. Whenever you create additional configuration objects such as self IP addresses, virtual IP addresses, and SNATs, the system automatically adds these objects to the default traffic group.
The illustration shows an example of the configuration that you will create using this implementation. In this illustration, the device group is named Device Group A. This device group contains two BIG-IP devices, named Device 1 and Device 2, and these two devices are peers of one another. The default traffic group, named traffic-group-1, resides on each device.
Device 1 actively processes traffic because traffic-group-1 is in an Active state on that device. Device 2 remains idle until failover occurs because traffic-group-1 is in a Standby state on that device.
By implementing this configuration, you ensure that:
The configuration process for a BIG-IP system entails running the Setup utility on each of the two BIG-IP devices. When you run the Setup utility, you perform several tasks. Completing these tasks results in both BIG-IP devices being configured properly for an active-standby implementation.
You can use the Setup utility to discover a peer device for the purpose of exchanging failover and mirroring information.
To summarize, you now have the following BIG-IP configuration on each device of the pair:
On either device in the device group, you can now create additional configuration objects such as virtual IP addresses and SNATs, and the system automatically adds these objects to Traffic-Group-1.