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Release Note: BIG-IP Virtual Edition 11.3.0 Trial Quick Start Instructions
Release Note

Original Publication Date: 01/27/2015

Summary:

This document contains information related to downloading, installing, and configuring BIG-IP® Virtual Edition (VE) version 11.3.0 Trial.

Contents:

- Getting started
- Overview: Verifying initial VE configuration
     - Creating VLANs
     - Creating a pool to process HTTP traffic
     - Creating a virtual server to manage HTTP traffic
- User documentation for this release
- VE Trial edition restrictions and limitations
- Legal notices

Quick Start for VE Trial

BIG-IP® Virtual Edition (VE) Trial is a trial version of the BIG-IP system running as a virtual machine, packaged to run in a VMware hypervisor environment. By running BIG-IP VE Trial in tandem with your network application in a preproduction environment, you can evaluate the Local Traffic Manager™ and Application Policy Manager® features of the BIG-IP system.

With the BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) trial version, you can perform a few simple tasks that will set up the VE to pass BIG-IP system traffic, so that you can verify your initial configuration.

BIG-IP VE Trial contains a version of the BIG-IP system software, version 11.3, HF1, which includes BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager and Application Policy Manager VE.

The following figure shows the high-level architecture of BIG-IP VE Trial.


Basic VE Trial Architecture
Basic VE Trial Architecture
Component Description
Virtual machine layer This layer represents a guest image of BIG-IP VE Trial, potentially sharing physical resources with other virtual machines running on the same hardware platform.
VMware hypervisor layer The VMware hypervisor software layer is a hosted hypervisor that simulates a set of dedicated resources for each BIG-IP virtual machine. Supported hypervisor layer is VMware vSphere ESXi.
Hardware platform layer Physical resources such as CPU, memory, data storage, and network interface cards (NICs).

To deploy BIG-IP VE Trial, you download a package onto your host machine, and power on the BIG-IP VE Trial virtual machine. For more information, see Deploying BIG-IP Virtual Edition in the BIG-IP Virtual Edition Setup Guide for VMware ESXi, available on AskF5™ (http://support.f5.com/kb/en-us.html).

Once you have imported the package and powered on the virtual machine, you can:

  • Assign a management IP address to the virtual machine. For more information, see Assigning a management IP address to the virtual machine in the BIG-IP Virtual Edition Setup Guide for VMware ESXi.
  • Run the BIG-IP Setup utility to activate the license and configure BIG-IP network objects such as VLANs and self IP addresses. For more information, see Running the BIG-IP Setup Utility in the BIG-IP Virtual Edition Setup Guide for VMware ESXi.
  • Configure BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager VE to process application traffic using virtual servers and load balancing pools. For more information, see Overview: Verifying initial VE configuration later in this document.

Before you can successfully evaluate the VE Trial version, you must create a basic network configuration consisting of two or more servers that can pass traffic, so that BIG-IP VE can load balance that traffic.

Getting started

Before you do anything else, you need to install and configure the trial software. Refer to the virtual edition deployment guide appropriate for your hypervisor as a guide for this task. These guides are available on AskF5™ (http://support.f5.com/kb/en-us.html).

Once you complete the deployment guide tasks, you will have an IP address to use in accessing the VE Trial version. When you first access the BIG-IP® VE, a setup wizard prompts you through setting up the BIG-IP system. You can use as much of this wizard as you feel comfortable with. For a successful evaluation of the VE Trial, the minimum configuration you need to complete (either using the wizard or manually) includes the following elements:

  • VLAN
  • Self IP address
  • Pools
  • Virtual Servers
  • Assign a Management IP address to the virtual machine

This diagram depicts a very basic setup you could use to pass traffic.



VE Trial basic traffic setup
Important: The IP addresses in this diagram are representative; not actual. The addresses shown illustrate relationships. For example, Virtual Server 1 and the ETH2 network interface are shown in the same subnet.

Overview: Verifying initial VE configuration

Verifying your VE configuration confirms that the setup performed up to this point is functioning properly. Once you establish that the VE configuration is correct, you probably need to create system objects (a VLAN, pools, and a virtual server) that are tailored to your network topology before your guest can begin processing LTM® traffic.

To configure BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager™ VE, you use the browser-based Configuration utility.

A load balancing pool is a collection of pool members, where each member represents a server node that processes client application requests. A virtual server provides an IP address and service that serves as a destination address for incoming application requests. A virtual server also handles the standard network address translation that allows the system to direct requests to members of the load balancing pool, based on the defined load balancing method.

You can use the BIG-IP Configuration utility to configure BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager VE in either of two ways:

  • You can use an application template. For more information, see the online help for the Templates and Wizards screens within the Configuration utility.
  • You can use the Pools and the Virtual Servers screens. For more information, see the following sections.

Creating VLANs

You create VLANs and associate them with interfaces or trunks so that traffic will route to pool members in that VLAN's network space.
  1. Use a browser to log in to the management IP address of the VE hypervisor. This logs you in to the VE host.
  2. On the Main tab, expand Network, and click VLANs. The VLANs screen opens.
  3. Click Create. The New VLAN screen opens.
  4. Configure a VLAN named external, and assign it to the trunk named trunk_ex as an untagged interface.
  5. Click Finished.
  6. Repeat steps 3 through 5, but this time, configure a VLAN named internal, and assign it to the trunk named trunk_int.
  7. Repeat steps 3 through 5 one more time, but this time, configure a VLAN named HA, assign it to the trunk named trunk_int as a tagged interface.

Creating a pool to process HTTP traffic

You can create a pool of web servers to process HTTP requests.
  1. On the Main tab, click Local Traffic > Pools . The Pool List screen opens.
  2. Click Create. The New Pool screen opens.
  3. In the Name field, type a unique name for the pool.
  4. For the Health Monitors setting, from the Available list, select the http monitor, and click << to move the monitor to the Active list.
  5. From the Load Balancing Method list, select how the system distributes traffic to members of this pool. The default is Round Robin.
  6. For the Priority Group Activation setting, specify how to handle priority groups:
    • Select Disabled to disable priority groups. This is the default option.
    • Select Less than, and in the Available Members field type the minimum number of members that must remain available in each priority group in order for traffic to remain confined to that group.
  7. Using the New Members setting, add each resource that you want to include in the pool:
    1. Type an IP address in the Address field.
    2. Type 80 in the Service Port field, or select HTTP from the list.
    3. (Optional) Type a priority number in the Priority field.
    4. Click Add.
  8. Click Finished.
The new pool appears in the Pools list.

Creating a virtual server to manage HTTP traffic

You can create a virtual server to manage HTTP traffic as either a host virtual server or a network virtual server.
  1. On the Main tab, click Local Traffic > Virtual Servers . The Virtual Server List screen opens.
  2. Click the Create button. The New Virtual Server screen opens.
  3. In the Name field, type a unique name for the virtual server.
  4. For the Destination setting, in the Address field, type the IP address you want to use for the virtual server. This is the address to which the FIX clients send their FIX transmissions. The IP address you type must be available and not in the loopback network.
  5. In the Service Port field, type 80, or select HTTP from the list.
  6. From the HTTP Profile list, select http.
  7. In the Resources area of the screen, from the Default Pool list, select the relevant pool name.
  8. Click Finished.
The HTTP virtual server appears in the list of existing virtual servers on the Virtual Server List screen.

User documentation for this release

The documents listed here, available on AskF5™ (http://support.f5.com/kb/en-us.html) might help you get started with the VE Trial.

If you have not used the AskF5 Knowledge Base before, note the Additional Search Criteria search tools located near the top of the page. These filters can help you more readily access the content you need.

VE Trial edition restrictions and limitations

The VE Trial edition software is fully functioning version of the BIG-IP VE, with the following distinctions:

  • Support for 1 core.
  • Support for 2 GB RAM for a single module, or 6.5 GB RAM for multiple modules.
  • Support for up to 10 Access Policy Manager® sessions.
  • Trial version cannot be upgraded.
  • No hotfixes will be created for this version.
  • Although a backup can be created, it can only be associated with the same version.
  • VMware ESXi is the only hypervisor supported.
  • Enterprise Manager™ and BIG-IQ™ Cloud are not supported.
  • BIG-IP High Availability (HA) feature is not supported.

Complete documentation for this software is available on AskF5™ (http://support.f5.com/kb/en-us.html).

Once you have made some progress with the VE Trial and decide you are ready to move your VE Trial configuration to a production instance, refer to the UCS backup and restore instructions in SR-13132.

For more information on the features and capabilities of this product, please go to How to Buy on F5.com.

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