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Manual Chapter: Licensing Initial Setup and Upgrades
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How do I license and do the basic setup to start using BIG-IQ?

The BIG-IQ® system runs as a virtual machine in supported hypervisors, or on the BIG-IQ 7000 series platform. After you download the software image from the F5 Downloads site and upload it to BIG-IQ, you can license system.

You get a license for BIG-IQ using the base registration key you purchased. The base registration key is a character string the F5 license server uses to provide BIG-IQ a license to access the features you purchased. You license BIG-IQ in one of the following ways:

  • If the system has access to the Internet, you can have the BIG-IQ system contact the F5 license server and automatically activate the base registration key to get a license.
  • If the system is not connected to the Internet, you can manually license the BIG-IQ using the F5 license server web portal.
  • If the system is in a closed-circuit network (CCN) that does not allow you to export any encrypted information, you must open a case with F5 support.

After you license BIG-IQ, you:

  • Specify a host name for the system.
  • Assign a management port IP address.
  • Specify the IP address of your DNS server and the name of the DNS search domain.
  • Specify the IP address of your Network Time Protocol (NTP) servers and select a time zone.
  • Change the administrator’s default admin and root passwords.

Automatically licensing BIG-IQ and performing initial setup

You must have a base registration key before you can license the BIG-IQ® system. If you do not have a base registration key, contact the F5 Networks sales group (http://www.f5.com).
If the BIG-IQ® system is connected to the public internet, you can follow these steps to automatically perform the license activation and perform the initial setup.
  1. Use a browser to log in to BIG-IQ by typing https://<management_IP_address>, where <management_IP_address> is the address you specified for device management.
  2. Log in to the BIG-IQ® system with your user name and password.
  3. Click Activate.
    The Base Registration Key field is added to the screen.
  4. In the Base Registration Key field, type or paste the BIG-IQ registration key.
  5. In the Add-On Keys field, paste any additional license key you have.
  6. To add another additional add-on key, click the + sign and paste the additional key in the new Add-On Keys field.
  7. For the Activation Method setting, select Automatic, and click the Activate License button.
    The End User Software License Agreement (EULA) displays.
  8. To accept the license agreement, click the Agree button.
  9. Click the Next button at the right of the screen.
    If the license you purchased supports both Logging Node and BIG-IQ Central Management Console, the License Feature Selection popup screen opens. Otherwise the Management Address screen opens.
  10. If you are prompted with the License Feature Selection, select BIG-IQ Central Management Console, and then click OK. If you are not prompted, proceed to the next step.
    Important: This choice cannot be undone. Once you license a device as a BIG-IQ Management Console, you cannot change your mind and license it as a Logging Node.
    The Management Address screen opens.
  11. In the Host Name field, type a fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) for the system.
    You cannot change this name after you add it. The FQDN can consist of letters and numbers, as well as the characters underscore ( _ ), dash ( - ), or period ( . ).
  12. In the Management Port IP Address field, type the IP address for the management port IP address.
    Note: The management port IP address must be in Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) format. For example: 10.10.10.10/24.
  13. In the Management Port Route field that the system creates, type the IP address for the management port route.
  14. Specify what you want the BIG-IQ to use for the Discovery Address.
    • To use the management port, select Use Management Address.
    • To use the internal self IP address, select Self IP Address, and type the IP address.
      Note: The self IP address must be in Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) format. For example: 10.10.10.10/24.
  15. Click the Next button at the right of the screen.
  16. In the DNS Lookup Servers field, type the IP address of your DNS server.
    You can click the Test Connection button to verify that the IP address is reachable.
  17. In the DNS Search Domains field, type the name of your search domain.
    The DNS search domain list allows the BIG-IQ system to search for local domain lookups to resolve local host names.
  18. In the Time Servers fields, type the IP addresses of your Network Time Protocol (NTP) servers.
    You can click the Test Connection button to verify that the IP address is reachable.
  19. From the Time Zone list, select your local time zone.
  20. Click the Next button at the right of the screen.
  21. In the Old Password fields, type the default admin and root passwords, and then type a new password in the Password and Confirm Password fields.
  22. Click the Next button at the right of the screen.

Manually licensing BIG-IQ and performing initial setup

You must have a base registration key before you can license the BIG-IQ® system. If you do not have a base registration key, contact the F5 Networks sales group (http://www.f5.com).
If the BIG-IQ® system is not connected to the public internet, you can follow these steps to contact the F5 license web portal then perform the initial setup.
  1. Use a browser to log in to BIG-IQ by typing https://<management_IP_address>, where <management_IP_address> is the address you specified for device management.
  2. Log in to the BIG-IQ® system with your user name and password.
  3. Click Activate.
    The Base Registration Key field is added to the screen.
  4. In the Base Registration Key field, type or paste the BIG-IQ registration key.
  5. In the Add-On Keys field, paste any additional license key you have.
  6. For the Activation Method setting, select Manual and click the Generate Dossier button.
    The BIG-IQ system refreshes and displays the dossier in the Device Dossier field.
  7. Select and copy the text displayed in the Device Dossier field.
  8. Click the Access F5 manual activation web portal link.
    The Activate F5 Product site opens.
  9. Into the Enter your dossier field, paste the dossier.
    Alternatively, if you saved the file, click the Choose File button and navigate to it.
    After a pause, the license key text displays.
  10. Click the Next button.
    The Accept User Legal Agreement screen opens.
  11. To accept the license agreement, select the I have read and agree to the terms of this license, and click Next. button.
    The licensing server creates the license key text.
  12. Copy the license key.
  13. In the License Text field on BIG-IQ, paste the license text.
  14. Click the Activate License button.
  15. Click the Next button at the right of the screen.
    If the license you purchased supports both Logging Node and BIG-IQ Central Management Console, the License Feature Selection popup screen opens. Otherwise the Management Address screen opens.
  16. If you are prompted with the License Feature Selection, select BIG-IQ Central Management Console, and then click OK. If you are not prompted, proceed to the next step.
    Important: This choice cannot be undone. Once you license a device as a BIG-IQ Management Console, you cannot change your mind and license it as a Logging Node.
    The Management Address screen opens.
  17. In the Host Name field, type a fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) for the system.
    You cannot change this name after you add it. The FQDN can consist of letters and numbers, as well as the characters underscore ( _ ), dash ( - ), or period ( . ).
  18. In the Management Port IP Address field, type the IP address for the management port IP address.
    Note: The management port IP address must be in Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) format. For example: 10.10.10.10/24.
  19. In the Management Port Route field that the system creates, type the IP address for the management port route.
  20. Specify what you want the BIG-IQ to use for the Discovery Address.
    • To use the management port, select Use Management Address.
    • To use the internal self IP address, select Self IP Address, and type the IP address.
      Note: The self IP address must be in Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) format. For example: 10.10.10.10/24.
  21. Click the Next button to save your configuration.
  22. In the DNS Lookup Servers field, type the IP address of your DNS server.
    You can click the Test Connection button to verify that the IP address is reachable.
  23. In the DNS Search Domains field, type the name of your search domain.
    The DNS search domain list allows the BIG-IQ system to search for local domain lookups to resolve local host names.
  24. In the Time Servers fields, type the IP addresses of your Network Time Protocol (NTP) servers.
    You can click the Test Connection button to verify that the IP address is reachable.
  25. From the Time Zone list, select your local time zone.
  26. Click the Next button at the right of the screen.
  27. In the Old Password fields, type the default admin and root passwords, and then type a new password in the Password and Confirm Password fields.
  28. Click the Next button at the right of the screen.

Reactivating a BIG-IQ license

You can reactivate an expired BIG-IQ® license. Reactivating a license is also required before you upgrade the BIG-IQ system.
  1. Log in to the BIG-IQ® system with your user name and password.
  2. At the top left of the screen, select System Management from the BIG-IQ menu.
  3. On the left, click BIG-IQ HA.
  4. Click the name of the first BIG-IQ system.
  5. Click the Licensing tab.
  6. Click the Reactivate button.
    The license activation screen opens.
You can now activate the license.

Additional Network Configuration Options

About additional network configuration options

During the licensing and initial configuration procedures, you configure a single VLAN and associated self IP addresses. This is all the networking configuration required to start managing devices. However, if you find you need additional VLANs and self IP addresses, the BIG-IQ® system provides you with the ability to add them as required.

Adding an additional VLAN

You must have licensed the BIG-IQ® system before you can add a VLAN.
You have the option to configure an additional VLAN after you license and perform the initial configuration of the BIG-IQ system.
  1. Log in to the BIG-IQ® system with your user name and password.
  2. At the top left of the screen, select System Management from the BIG-IQ menu.
  3. On the left, click NETWORK SETTINGS > VLANs .
  4. Click the Add VLAN button.
  5. In the Name and Description fields, type a unique name and description to identify this new VLAN.
  6. In the Tag field, type an optional tag number.

    A VLAN tag is a unique ID number between 1 and 4094. All messages sent from a host in this VLAN includes the tag as a header in the message to identify the specific VLAN where the source or destination host is located. If you do not assign a tag, BIG-IQ assigns one automatically.

  7. From the Interface list, select the port that you want this VLAN to use.

    The interface is a physical or virtual port that you use to connect the BIG-IQ system to managed devices in your network.

  8. In the MTU field, type an optional frame size value for Path Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU).

    By default, BIG-IP devices use the standard Ethernet frame size of 1518 bytes (1522 bytes if VLAN tagging is used) with the corresponding MTU of 1500 bytes. For BIG-IP devices that support Jumbo Frames, you can specify another MTU value.

  9. Click the Add button at the bottom of the screen to save this VLAN.

Adding an additional self-IP address

You must have configured BIG-IQ® with at least one VLAN before you can add an additional self IP address.
You have the option to configure an additional self IP address after you license and perform the initial configuration of the BIG-IQ system.
  1. Log in to the BIG-IQ® system with your user name and password.
  2. At the top left of the screen, select System Management from the BIG-IQ menu.
  3. At the top of the screen, click Inventory.
  4. On the left, click NETWORK SETTINGS > Self IPs .
  5. In the Name field, type a unique name to identify this new self IP address.
  6. In the Address field, type the self IP address and netmask.
  7. In the Description field, type a description for this self IP address.
  8. From the VLAN list, select the VLAN to associate with this self IP address.
  9. Click the Add button at the bottom of the screen to save this new self IP address.
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