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BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) is a version of the BIG-IP system that runs as a virtual machine (VM) in specifically-supported hypervisors (VMware ESX® or ESXi® for this guide). BIG-IP VE emulates a hardware-based BIG-IP system running a VE-compatible version of BIG-IP software.
The VMware virtual machine guest environment for the BIG-IP VE, at minimum, must include the following:
A secondary disk is recommended and might be required for certain BIG-IP modules.
When upgrading from version 10.2.x, change the configuration to at least 4 GB of RAM.
For production licenses, F5 Networks suggests using the maximum configuration limits for the BIG-IP VE system. Reservations can be less for lab editions.
There are also some maximum configuration limits to consider for deploying a BIG-IP VE virtual machine, such as: