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Release Note: BIG-IP Virtual Edition 11.5.0
Release Note

Original Publication Date: 09/17/2015

Summary:

BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) is a version of the BIG-IP system that runs as a virtual machine. Supported modules include Local Traffic Manager, Global Traffic Manager, Application Security Manager, Access Policy Manager, Application Acceleration Manager, Policy Enforcement Manager, Application Firewall Manager, Analytics, and Protocol Security Manager. BIG-IP VE includes all features of device-based BIG-IP modules running on standard BIG-IP TMOS, except as noted in release notes and product documentation.

Note: The BIG-IP VE product license determines the maximum allowed throughput rate. To view this rate limit, you can display the licensing page within the BIG-IP Configuration utility.

Contents:

- Supported platforms
- User documentation for this release
- New in 11.5.0
- Fixes in 11.5.0
- Behavior changes in 11.5.0
- Local Traffic Manager-Virtual Edition known issues
- Global Traffic Manager-Virtual Edition known issues
- Application Security Manager-Virtual Edition known issues
- Access Policy Manager-Virtual Edition known issues
- Application Acceleration Manager-Virtual Edition known issues
- Policy Enforcement Manager-Virtual Edition known issues
- Application Firewall Manager-Virtual Edition known issues
- Analytics-Virtual Edition known issues
- Contacting F5 Networks
- Legal notices

Supported platforms

This version of the software is supported in the following configurations. For a list of VE hypervisor support, see the Virtual Edition and Supported Hypervisors Matrix

Memory: 12 GB or more

All licensable module-combinations may be run on BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) guests provisioned with 12 GB or more of memory.

Memory: 8 GB

The following guidelines apply to VE guests configured with 8 GB of memory.

  • No more than three modules should be provisioned together.
  • Note that Global Traffic Manager (GTM) and Link Controller (LC) do not count toward the module-combination limit.

Memory: Less than 8 GB and more than 4 GB

The following guidelines apply to VE guests provisioned with less than 8 GB and more than 4 GB of memory.

  • No more than three modules (not including AAM) should be provisioned together.
  • Application Acceleration Manager (AAM) cannot be provisioned with any other module; AAM can only be provisioned standalone.
  • Note that GTM and LC do not count toward the module-combination limit.

Memory: 4 GB or less

The following guidelines apply to VE guests provisioned with 4 GB or less of memory.

  • No more than two modules may be configured together.
  • AAM should not be provisioned, except as Dedicated.

User documentation for this release

New in 11.5.0

Reduced Disk Size Options

With this release, there are 3 new disk size options available.

Disk Size Modules Supported Features Supported
7 GB LTM only on a single slot You cannot install upgrades or hotfixes to this version.
31 GB LTM only on two slots This option can be extended and upgraded with new versions and hot fix updates. It does not allow installing any modules besides LTM, GTM, or LTM + GTM.
100 GB Supports all modules This option can be extended and upgraded with new versions and hot fix updates. It allows installing any combination of other modules supported by the current version of BIG-IQ VE software.

Extensible disk size

After you deploy the BIG-IP VE, if the hypervisor supports it, you can now expand the disk size to provide additional space for VE log, trace, config, and core files. Instruction for this task varies depends on your hypervisor type and is documented in the BIG-IP VE Setup Guide for your hypervisor.

High-Performance 10Gbps VE configuration for virtual appliance

This release provides high-performance 10Gbps VE configuration for virtual appliance deployments using VMware.

Increased Max SSL throughput

This release provides increased Max SSL throughput to 4Gbps for 10 GB BIG-IP LTM VE deployments.

25Mbps throughput license

25Mbps throughput license for high-density deployments with individual applications, a small number of applications, or a single tenant on all major hypervisors and AWS.

Updated hypervisors and Linux distributions

This release provides support for updated hypervisors and Linux distributions. For a list of VE hypervisor support, see the Virtual Edition and Supported Hypervisors Matrix.

Fixes in 11.5.0

ID Number Description
ID 367759 On BIG-IP VE, modifying an interface's VLAN configuration from tagged to untagged, or untagged to tagged, can result in unavailability of traffic on that interface. Restarting the tmm with "bigstart restart tmm" will correct this condition, as will deleting and recreating the VLAN with desired tagging attributes.
ID 427415 AWS instances with core counts (vCPUs) higher than 4 is able to license and operate in the expected way.
ID 428612 "In order to make Intel SR-IOV work out-of-box, Intel VF's MTU has been reduced to 1500 in BIG-IP VE. VF's MTU has to be changed to be equal to or greater than its VLAN's MTU to support jumbo frame. A new feature is provided to make it happen. Steps to increase Intel VF's MTU in BIG-IP VE: - Append the following line to /etc/modprobe.d/f5-platform-virtual-applicance.conf file options unic max_mtu=<max_mtu_size> - reboot BIG-IP VE - OR, run: bigstart stop tmm rmmod unic modprobe unic bigstart start tmm"
ID 430655 Improved debugging on TMM to include DB variable provision.

Behavior changes in 11.5.0

There are no known release-specific behavior changes.

Local Traffic Manager-Virtual Edition known issues

ID Number Description
371631 BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) may incorrectly report the interface media duplex settings as none. The General Properties may show an incorrect Active Duplex setting when you navigate to Network :: Interfaces, and then click the interface. The output from the tmsh show network interface all-properties command may show incorrect information in the Media column. Running the command 'show net interface all-properties'. You are unable to confirm the current duplex setting of an interface. Workaround: To work around this issue, you can determine the interface media duplex setting for VE configurations not involving SR-IOV by running the following command: tmsh list net interface. Note: This workaround is valid only for VE configurations and only reports the VE's reported link state. A VM cannot determine any vSwitch's upstream link state via its own link state. VE knows about the link between it and the vSwitch, except in SR-IOV deployments, where there is no vSwitch and the link is direct.
413587 The customer will see an extra interface when a Big-IP Virtual Edition is deployed on Citrix XenServer 6.1. This extra interface will have the same MAC address as the VE instance's management interface. The shell command 'ip list' will show one more interface that the user has configured through the hypervisor, and two of those interfaces shown will have the same MAC address." Virtual Edition deployed on Citrix XenServer 6.1 The management interface may be exposed to the TMM as a traffic interface. A customer should use SR-IOV interfaces for VE instances deployed on Citrix XenServer 6.1.

Global Traffic Manager-Virtual Edition known issues

There are no known issues specific to Global Traffic Manager-Virtual Edition.

Application Security Manager-Virtual Edition known issues

There are no known issues specific to Application Security Manager-Virtual Edition.

Access Policy Manager-Virtual Edition known issues

ID Number Description
ID 459652 The default VE disk space of 100 GB is not enough to support more than one installed image when both APM and SWG are installed and provisioned. This issue is specific to VE versions 11.5.0 and 11.5.1. An attempt to install a new release or a hotfix on the second default volume fails with a disk-full error message. Workaround: Stop VE and increase the size of the VE disk to at least 124 GB. Then restart VE. For information on how to increase VE disk size, see SOL14952: Extending disk space on BIG-IP Virtual Edition, available here: http://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/14000/900/sol14952.html.

Application Acceleration Manager-Virtual Edition known issues

There are no known issues specific to Application Acceleration Manager-Virtual Edition.

Policy Enforcement Manager-Virtual Edition known issues

There are no known issues specific to Policy Enforcement Manager-Virtual Edition.

Application Firewall Manager-Virtual Edition known issues

There are no known issues specific to Application Firewall Manager-Virtual Edition.

Analytics-Virtual Edition known issues

There are no known issues specific to Analytics-Virtual Edition.

Contacting F5 Networks

Phone: (206) 272-6888
Fax: (206) 272-6802
Web: http://support.f5.com
Email: support@f5.com

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