To create a vCMP® guest, you need a VIPRION® chassis or appliance configured with a management IP address, some
base network objects such as trunks and VLANs, and you must license and provision the
system to run the vCMP feature.
You create a vCMP guest when you want to configure and run one or more BIG-IP®
modules as though the modules were running together on
their own BIG-IP device. For example, you can create a guest that runs BIG-IP®
Local Traffic Manager™ and BIG-IP®
Global Traffic Manager™. You specify on which slots the guest runs
and how many cores you want for each guest.
Note: This procedure creates a
guest in Bridged mode.
Note: When creating a guest, if you see an error message such as
Insufficient disk space on /shared/vmdisks. Need 24354M additional
space., you must delete existing unattached virtual disks until you have
freed up that amount of disk space.
Use a browser to log in to the management IP address of the VIPRION® chassis or appliance.
This logs you in to the vCMP® host.
On the Main tab, click
From the Properties list, select
In the Name field, type a name for the guest.
In the Host Name field, type the host name of the BIG-IP
Assign a fully-qualified domain name (FQDN). If you assign a name that is not
an FQDN, the system might display an error message. If you leave this field
blank, the system assigns the name
From the Cores Per Slots list, select the number of
cores you want allocated to this guest.
Tip: The number of cores allocated to a guest determines the
system resources for this guest. The number you can select depends on the
type of hardware you have.
Important: For appliance devices, the next three steps do not apply;
the corresponding user interface controls appear only on chassis devices.
For appliance devices, skip to configuring the Management
From the Number of Slots list, select the maximum number
of chassis slots on which you want your guest to reside.
This specifies the maximum number of slots that your guest can consume on the
chassis. Note that once you configure the number of slots your guest spans, you
can change this value later to suit your needs.
From the Minimum Number of Slots list, select the
minimum number of chassis slots that must be available for this guest to
Important: The minimum number of slots you specify must not exceed
the maximum number of slots you specified.
Important: If you are creating a guest that will deploy on a B4300
blade and you plan to provision that guest with the AM module, specify a
minimum of 4 cores for this guest.
From the Allowed Slots List select the specific slots on
which you want your guest to reside by moving the slot number to the
Selected field using the Move
Important: If you want to allow the guest to deploy onto any slots
in the chassis, add them all. Bear in mind that the number of slots in the
Allowed Slots list must equal or exceed the
number specified in the Minimum Number of Slots
From the Management Network list, select
For the IP Address setting, fill in the required
In the IP Address field, type a unique
management IP address that you want to assign to the guest.
You use this IP address to access the guest when you want to manage a
module running within the guest.
In the Network Mask field, type the network mask
for the management IP address.
In the Management Route field, type a gateway
address for the management IP address.
From the Initial Image list, select an ISO image file
for installing TMOS® software onto the guest's virtual
In the Virtual Disk list, retain the default value of
The BIG-IP system creates a virtual disk with a default name (the guest name
plus the string .img, such as
guestA.img). Note that if an unattached virtual disk
file with that default name already exists, the system displays a message, and
you must manually attach the virtual disk. You can do this using the
tmsh command line interface, or use the Configuration
utility to view and select from a list of available unattached virtual
For the VLAN List setting, select both an internal and
an external VLAN name from the Available list, and use
the Move button to move the VLAN names to the Selected
From the Requested State list, select
This allocates all necessary resources to the guest, such as CPU cores,
virtual disk, and so on.
After clicking Finished
, wait while the system installs the
selected ISO image onto the guest's virtual disk. When this process is complete, you can
deploy the guest.
Note: You can also skip the Provisioned
state and instead go straight to the Deployed
state if you are confident of your guest configuration. Provisioning first and then
deploying makes it more straightforward to make changes to the slots to which your
guests are allocated if you find you need to make changes.