Original Publication Date: 01/27/2015
This document contains information related to downloading, installing, and configuring BIG-IP® Virtual Edition (VE) version 11.3.0 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.
|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:
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.
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:
This diagram depicts a very basic setup you could use to pass traffic.
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:
The documents listed here, available on AskF5™ (http://support.f5.com/kb/en-us.html) might help you get started with the VE Trial.
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The VE Trial edition software is fully functioning version of the BIG-IP VE, with the following distinctions:
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.