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At the most basic level, a folder is a container for BIG-IP® configuration objects on a BIG-IP device. A folder can also contain sub-folders. All BIG-IP system objects reside in folders or sub-folders. Virtual servers, pools, and self IP addresses are examples of objects that reside in folders or sub-folders on the system.
You can use folders to set up full or granular synchronization and failover of BIG-IP configuration data in a device group. You can synchronize and fail over all configuration data on a BIG-IP device, or you can synchronize and fail over objects within a specific folder only.
For every administrative partition on the BIG-IP® system, the BIG-IP system creates an equivalent folder with the same name. In the context of the BIG-IP system, a folder is a container for BIG-IP system objects. Folders resemble standard UNIX directories, in that the system includes a hierarchy of folders and includes a root folder (represented by the / symbol) that is the parent for all other folders on the system.
You can create sub-folders within a high-level folder, using tmsh. For example, if you have a high-level folder (partition) within the root folder named Customer1, you can use tmsh to create a sub-folder, such as App_B, within Customer1. If you create a pool named my_pool within the sub-folder, the name of the pool becomes /Customer1/App_B/my_pool.
At the highest-level, the BIG-IP® system includes a root folder. The root folder contains all BIG-IP configuration objects on the system, by way of a hierarchical folder and sub-folder structure within it.
By default, the BIG-IP system assigns a Sync-Failover device group and a traffic group to the root folder. All folders and sub-folders under the root folder inherit these default assignments.