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Manual Chapter: Working with vCMP Guests
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Accessing a vCMP guest using a browser

Before accessing a vCMP™ guest, verify that you have configured at least one self IP address on the guest.
You can access a guest after you have created it and configured any BIG-IP® modules within it. Browser access is available for guests whose network mode is either Bridged or Isolated.
  1. From a system on the external network, display a browser window.
  2. In the URL address field, type the either the cluster IP address (for Bridged mode) or the self IP address (for Isolated mode) that you previously assigned to the guest, as follows. https://<ip_address>
You are now logged in to the guest and can configure any BIG-IP modules that you provisioned for the guest.

Accessing a vCMP guest using the vconsole utility

Before accessing a vCMP guest, verify that you have configured at least one self IP address on the guest.
You can access an individual VM of a guest after you have created the guest and configured any BIG-IP® modules within it. Console access is available only for guests whose network mode is Isolated.
Note: When you reboot the guest from within the vconsole utility, the BIG-IP system terminates your connection to the guest. You can access the guest again when the reboot operation is finished.
  1. From a system on the external network, open a serial console utility.
  2. In the utility, type the management IP address of the vCMP host. This displays a console window for logging in to the BIG-IP system.
  3. Using your user name and password credentials, log in to the BIG-IP system.
  4. From the command line prompt, use the telnet-based vconsole utility and specify a guest name (and for all-slot guests only, a slot number) to log in to a guest VM. You can do this at the system prompt or from within tmsh.
    Option Command sequence
    From the system prompt Type run util vconsole guest_name slot_number
    From the tmsh prompt Type vconsole guest_name slot_number
    Valid slot numbers are 1, 2, 3, and 4.
You are now logged in to a guest VM.

Provisioning a BIG-IP module within a guest

Before you can provision individual BIG-IP® modules, the vCMP guest must be in the Deployed state.
You affect which BIG-IP modules to run within a guest by provisioning the modules from within the guest's TMOS® instance. For example, if you want guestA to run LTM and GTM, you log into guestA and configure its TMOS instance to provision LTM and GTM. If you want guestB to run LTM and ASM, you log into guestB and configure its TMOS instance to provision BIG-IP LTM and BIG-IP ASM.
Note: This procedure applies to guests in Bridged mode only.
  1. Using the cluster IP address that you configured for the guest, log in to the BIG-IP Configuration utility.
  2. On the Main tab, click System > Resource Provisioning .
  3. For each BIG-IP module that you want to provision, locate its setting and from the list select either Nominal or Dedicated.
  4. Click Update.

Configuring a BIG-IP module within a vCMP guest

After creating a vCMP™ guest and moving the guest through the Provisioned and Deployed states, you can configure any available BIG-IP® modules, such as BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager™. Note that each guest inherits the license of the vCMP host, and the license must include all BIG-IP modules that you want to be provisioned within the guest.
Note: This procedure applies to guests that are configured in Bridged mode.
Important: Always log in to the relevant guest before configuring BIG-IP module features such as BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager virtual servers, pools, and profiles. Attempting to configure BIG-IP modules while logged in to the vCMP host can produce unexpected results.
  1. From a system on the external network, display a browser window.
  2. In the URL field, type an IP address that you previously assigned to the guest, such as: https://guest_cluster_ip_address.
  3. Log in to the Configuration utility, using a BIG-IP system user name and password.
  4. Using the Main tab, configure each module as necessary. You can also configure the guest's TMOS® instance, for example, assigning self IP addresses to the vCMP host VLANs that the guest can access (through the guest's VLAN List setting).

Changing the state of a vCMP guest

You can change the state of a vCMP guest. For example, if a guest is in the Configured state, you can change the state to Provisioned or Deployed.
  1. On the Main tab, click System > vCMP.
  2. In the Name column, find the name of the vCMP guest for which you want to change the state.
  3. To the left of the guest name, check the box.
  4. Click Provision or Deploy.
If you click Provision, the vCMP host allocates all necessary resources to the guest. If you click Deploy, the guest switches to a running state.

Viewing the properties of a vCMP guest

Using the BIG-IP® Configuration utility, you can view the properties of any vCMP guest on the system.
  1. On the Main tab, click System > vCMP.
  2. In the Name column, click the name of the vCMP guest you want to view.
The system displays the properties of the guest.

Modifying the properties of a vCMP guest

Using the BIG-IP® Configuration utility, you can modify the properties of an existing vCMP guest.

  1. On the Main tab, click System > vCMP.
  2. In the Name column, click the name of the vCMP guest that you want to modify.
  3. From the Properties list, select Advanced.
  4. Change the values of the properties you want to modify.
  5. Click Update.

Deleting a vCMP guest

Using the BIG-IP® Configuration utility, you can delete any vCMP guest that is currently on the system.

If the guest you want to delete has a virtual disk associated with it, the BIG-IP system does not delete the virtual disk when you delete the guest. Instead, the system detaches the virtual disk for later use. You can explicitly delete the virtual disk, however, using the Virtual List screen of the BIG-IP Configuration utility.

  1. On the Main tab, click System > vCMP.
  2. In the Name column, find the name of the vCMP guest you want to delete.
  3. To the left of the guest name, check the box.
  4. Click Delete. The system asks you to confirm the delete action.
  5. Click Delete.
The deleted vCMP guest is no longer on the system.
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