Virtual Clustered Multi-Processing (vCMP) is a feature of the BIG-IP system that makes it possible for you to run multiple instances of the BIG-IP software on a single hardware platform.
Using the following implementation, you can create one guest on a vCMP system, and then, within the guest, configure the basic Local Traffic Manager™ objects for processing HTTP application traffic: a pool, an HTTP profile, and a standard virtual server. A vCMP guest is a virtual BIG-IP device.
There are a number of points during the vCMP deployment process at which you will need to make decisions or provide values. Use this table as a prompt for gathering the answers and values you will need, so that you can provide them when performing the vCMP initial setup.
|Active slots||How many blades are installed (and in which slots)?|
|CPU core requirements||How many CPU cores do you want to allocate to each guest?|
|External gateway address||What is the gateway address (next hop) for external traffic?|
|FQDN||What is the fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) for your BIG-IP system?|
|Guest mode||Should your guests be in bridged or isolated mode?|
|IP address range||What is the IP address range that is valid for the vCMP guests you create?|
|Link aggregation control protocol||Do your trunks require LACP mode?|
|Network mask||What is the network mask for the guest IP?|
|Primary cluster IP address||What is the primary cluster IP address? The management IP address assigned to the chassis' primary cluster during chassis installation is used to access the vCMP host.|
|User role||Do you have a user role of Administrator? You need to have a user role of Administrator to perform the tasks in this process.|
Verifying your vCMP configuration confirms that the setup performed up to this point is functioning properly. Once you establish that the vCMP configuration is correct, you will likely need to create a profile, pools, and virtual server that are tailored to your network topology before your guest can begin processing LTM traffic.