When you provisioned the vCMP® feature as part of VIPRION® system setup, the BIG-IP® system allocated most of the total disk space to the vCMP application volume (by default, all but 30 gigabytes). Known as the reserve disk space, this 30 gigabytes of disk space is left available for other uses, such as for installing additional versions of the BIG-IP system in the future.
As a vCMP® host administrator, you have the important task of initially planning the amount of total system CPU and memory that you want the vCMP host to allocate to each guest. This decision is based on the resource needs of the particular BIG-IP® modules that guest administrators intend to provision within each guest, as well as the maximum system resource limits for the relevant hardware platform. Thoughtful resource allocation planning prior to creating the guests ensures optimal performance of each guest. Once you have determined the resource allocation requirements for the guests, you are ready to configure the host.
Overall, your primary duties are to create and manage guests, ensuring that the proper system resources are allocated to those guests.
Performing this task allows you to access the vCMP host. Primary reasons to access the host are to create and manage vCMP® guests, manage virtual disks, and view or manage host and guest properties. You can also view host and guest statistics.
Before creating a guest on the system, verify that you have configured the base network on the system to create any necessary trunks, as well as VLANs for guests to use when processing application traffic.
|Bridged (Recommended)||Connects the guest to the management network. Selecting this value causes the IP Address setting to appear.|
|Isolated||Prevents the guest from being connected to the management network
and disables the host-only interface.
Important: If you select Isolated, do not enable the Appliance Mode setting when you initially create the guest. For more information, see the step for enabling the Appliance Mode setting.
|Host-Only||Prevents the guest from being connected to the management network but ensures that the host-only interface is enabled.|
The primary duties of a vCMP® guest administrator are to provision BIG-IP® modules within the guest, configure the correct management IP addresses for the slots pertaining to the guest, and configure any self IP addresses that the guest needs for processing application traffic. The guest administrator must also configure all BIG-IP modules, such as creating virtual servers and load balancing pools within BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager™ (LTM®).
Optionally, a guest administrator who wants a redundant system configuration can create a device group with the peer guests as members.
For each vCMP® guest, the guest administrator needs to create a unique set of management IP addresses that correspond to the slots of the VIPRION® cluster. Creating these addresses ensures that if a blade becomes unavailable, the administrator can log in to another blade to access the guest.
For example, you can type 255.255.255.0.
Do this task when you need to adjust the maximum transmission unit (MTU) size on a VLAN for the vCMP® guest that you are logged into. Changing a VLAN's MTU size can help to optimize application traffic for the guest. You can do this task for either a host-based VLAN or a VLAN that you created from within the guest.
After all guests are in the Deployed state, each individual guest administrator can configure the appropriate BIG-IP modules for processing application traffic. For example, a guest administrator can use BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager™ (LTM®) to create a standard virtual server and a load-balancing pool. Optionally, if guest redundancy is required, a guest administrator can set up device service clustering (DSC®).
Another important task for a guest administrator is to create other guest administrator accounts as needed.
After you and all guest administrators have completed the initial configuration tasks, you should have a VIPRION®system provisioned for vCMP, with one or more guests ready to process application traffic.
When logged in to the vCMP® host, you can see the VLANs and trunks configured on the VIPRION system, as well as all of the guests that you created, along with their virtual disks. When using the BIG-IP Configuration utility, you can also display a graphical view of the number of cores that the host allocated to each guest and on which slots.
You can also view the current load on a specific guest in terms of throughput, as well as CPU, memory, and disk usage.
When logged in to a guest, the guest administrator can see one or more BIG-IP® modules provisioned and configured within the guest to process application traffic. If the guest administrator configured device service clustering (DSC®), the guest is a member of a device group.