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Manual Chapter: Getting Started with BIG-IP Virtual Edition
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What is BIG-IP Virtual Edition?

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.

Note: The BIG-IP VE product license determines the maximum allowed throughput rate. To view this rate limit, you can display the BIG-IP VE licensing page within the BIG-IP Configuration utility. Lab editions have no guarantee of throughput rate and are not supported for production environments.

BIG-IP Virtual Edition compatibility with XenServer hypervisor products

BIG-IP VE is compatible with Citrix® XenServer® version 5.6 or 5.6 Feature Pack 1 using Citrix®XenCenter® version 5.6 or 5.6 Feature Pack 1.

Hypervisor guest definition

The XenServer virtual machine guest environment for the BIG-IP VE, at minimum, must include the following:

  • 2 x virtual CPUs
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 3 x virtual rtl8139-compatible network adapters
  • 1 x 40 GB IDE disk
Important: Not supplying at least the minimum virtual configuration limits will produce unexpected results.
Tip: For production licenses, F5 Networks suggests using the maximum configuration limits for the BIG-IP VE system.

There are also some maximum configuration limits to consider for deploying a BIG-IP VE virtual machine, such as:

  • CPU reservation can be up to 100 percent of the defined virtual machine hardware. For example, if the hypervisor has a 3 GHz core speed, the reservation of a virtual machine with two CPUs can be only 6 GHz or less.
  • RAM reservation can be only 2 GB or 4 GB.
  • Virtual disk should be deployed Thick (allocated up front).
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