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Manual Chapter: Deploying BIG-IP Virtual Edition
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Deployment of BIG-IP VE on Hyper-V

To deploy the BIG-IP VE system on a Microsoft® Hyper-V®, you need to perform these tasks:
  • Verify the host machine requirements.
  • Deploy an instance of the BIG-IP system as a virtual machine on a host system.
  • Power on the BIG-IP VE virtual machine.
  • Assign a management IP address to the BIG-IP VE virtual machine.

After you complete these tasks, you can log in to the BIG-IP VE system and run the Setup utility. Using the Setup utility, you can perform basic network configuration tasks, such as assigning VLANs to interfaces.

Host machine requirements and recommendations

There are specific requirements for the host system to run successfully on the BIG-IP VE system.

To successfully deploy and run the BIG-IP VE system, the host system must contain the following elements:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with the Hyper-V role enabled
  • Connection to a common NTP source (this is especially important for each host in a redundant system configuration)
Important: The hypervisor CPU must meet the following requirements:
  • use 64 bit architecture
  • support for virtualization (AMD-V or Intel VT-x) must be enabled
  • support a one-to-one thread-to-defined virtual CPU ratio, or (on single-threading architectures) support at least one core per defined virtual CPU
  • Intel processors must be from the Core (or newer) workstation or server family of CPUs

Deploying the BIG-IP VE virtual machine

The first steps in deploying BIG-IP VE are to download the Zip file and extract the virtual hard drive (VHD) file, and save it to the server running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with the Hyper-V role enabled. Next, you configure the virtual machine using Hyper-V Manager and the Settings window.

Important: Do not modify the configuration of the Hyper-V guest environment with settings less powerful than the ones recommended in this document. This includes the settings for the CPU, RAM, and network adapters. Doing so might produce unexpected results.
  1. In a browser, open the F5 Downloads page (
  2. Download the BIG-IP VE file package ending with
  3. Extract the file from the Zip archive and save it where your VHD files reside on the Hyper-V server.
  4. Start Hyper-V Manager, log in to the Hyper-V server, and start the New Virtual Machine Wizard.
  5. In the Specify Name and Location pane, type a name for the BIG-IP VE virtual machine, such as: smith_big-ip_ve and click Next.
  6. In the Assign Memory pane, enter 4096 and click Next.
  7. In the Configure Networking pane, choose Not Connected and click Next.
  8. Map the source network HA to the name of a high-availability network in your inventory. An example of a destination high-availability network is HA.
  9. In the Connect Virtual Hard Disk pane, select the Use an existing virtual hard disk check box, browse to the location where you saved your VHD file, and click Next.
  10. In the Summary pane, review your settings and click Finish. The New Virtual Machine Wizard will close and BIG-IP VE will appear in the list of virtual machines.
  11. In the Processor pane, change the Number of logical processors to 2 and increase the Virtual machine reserve to 100.
  12. In the Hardware pane, select the Network Adapter and click Remove. The default network adapter is removed from the virtual machine.
  13. In the Add Hardware pane, select Legacy Network Adapter and click Add. Repeat this for a total of three legacy adapters (or four, for a high-availability configuration).
    1. Click the first Legacy Network Adapter to connect to a management network from the Network list.
    2. Click the second Legacy Network Adapter to connect to an external network from the Network list.
    3. Click the third Legacy Network Adapter to connect to an internal network from the Network list.
    4. If your BIG-IP VE will be used in a high-availability configuration, click the fourth Legacy Network Adapter to connect to an internal network from the Network list.
  14. In the Management area, click Automatic Stop Action and select Shut down the guest operating system. This setting ensures that the BIG-IP VE virtual machine restarts with all previously configured virtual hardware and at the current system time.
  15. Click OK to save your changes and exit the Settings window.

Powering on the BIG-IP VE virtual machine

You must power on the BIG-IP VE virtual machine before you can move on to assigning IP addresses.
  1. Open the Hyper-V Manager client.
  2. Select the virtual machine that you want to power on.
  3. In the Action menu, select Start. The BIG-IP VE status icon changes to indicate that the virtual machine is on. The BIG-IP VE virtual machine will boot and become ready for configuration.

Assigning a management IP address to a BIG-IP VE virtual machine

The BIG-IP VE virtual machine needs an IP address assigned to its virtual management port.
  1. In the Hyper-V Manager, locate and highlight the virtual machine running BIG-IP VE.
  2. In the Actions pane, choose Connect. The console window for BIG-IP VE will open.
  3. After a few seconds, a login prompt appears.
  4. At the password prompt, type default.
  5. Type config and press Enter. The F5 Management Port Setup screen appears.
  6. Click OK.
  7. If you want DHCP to automatically assign an address for the management port, select Yes. Otherwise, select No and follow the instructions for manually assigning an IP address and netmask for the management port.
Tip: F5 Networks highly recommends that you specify a default route for the virtual management port, but it is not required for operation of the BIG-IP VE virtual machine.
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