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BIG-IP® Virtual Edition (VE) is a version of the BIG-IP system that runs as a virtual machine in specifically-supported hypervisors. BIG-IP VE emulates a hardware-based BIG-IP system running a VE-compatible version of BIG-IP® software.
Each time there is a new release of BIG-IP® Virtual Edition (VE) software, it includes support for additional hypervisor management products. The Virtual Edition and Supported Hypervisors Matrix on the AskF5™ website, http://support.f5.com, details which hypervisors are supported for each release.
The Hyper-V virtual machine guest environment for the BIG-IP® Virtual Edition (VE), at minimum, must include:
For production licenses, F5 Networks suggests using the maximum configuration limits for the BIG-IP VE system. Reservations can be less for lab editions. For each virtual machine, the Hyper-V virtual machine guest environment permits a maximum of 8 Network Adapters or 1 legacy virtual Network Adapter as a management port and 8 Network Adapters as dataplane ports. The Legacy Network Adapter is not supported for the dataplane. For peak performance, F5 recommends using only network adapters.
There are also some maximum configuration limits to consider for deploying a BIG-IP VE virtual machine, such as: