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Release Note: BIG-IQ Centralized Management 5.2.0
Release Note

Original Publication Date: 06/23/2017

Summary:

This release note documents version 5.2.0 of BIG-IQ Centralized Management.

Contents:

- New features
- Screen resolution requirement
- Browser support
- BIG-IP compatibility
- User documentation for this release
- Software installation
- Fixes
- Contacting F5 Networks
- Legal notices

BIG-IQ Centralized Management 5.2.0

This release note documents version 5.2.0 of BIG-IQ Centralized Management.

New features

BIG-IQ Centralized Management version 5.2.0 introduces the following new features:
New User Interface

You will have a new user experience when managing your devices through BIG-IQ. The new experience more closely aligns with monitoring, configuration, deployment tasks in your network.

Statistics and Insight into your BIG-IP environment

You can now gain insight into your BIG-IP environment when enabling the statistics collection in BIG-IQ. Charts and data cover the following:

  • BIG-IP Device Health
  • BIG-IP Traffic
  • Virtual Server
  • Pool and Pool Members
  • iRules
  • DNS
For each area listed above, you'll find numerous charts and data, such as CPU, memory, swap, disk, interface traffic, throughput, connection, HTTP, and a plethora of DNS statistics. Controls allow you to view data live or view historical data. You can create comparison charts comparing collected metrics across devices, virtual servers, and so on.

The statistics requires deployment of at least on BIG-IQ console node and at least one BIG-IP Data Collection Device (DCD). F5 recommends deploying the BIG-IQ console node in a virtual machine with a minimum of 4 CPUs and 16GB of memory allocated and the BIG-IQ DCD nodes in a virtual machine with 8 CPUs and 32GB of memory.

SSL Certificate Management

Enhanced certificate management allows you to track and alert on expiration of SSL certificates and upload keys and certificates to managed devices in your network.

Global Search

You can use the new global search feature to perform a deep search across all managed devices for objects, users, tasks, profiles, and more. From the search window, you can then filter your results, see related resources, or find user activities. You can even create advanced queries and save your favorite searches.

APM and ASM Centralized Policy Management

For Access Policy Manager and Application Security Manager deployments, you can now use BIG-IQ to centrally manage your security policies. You can compare, edit, verify, stage, and audit policies, as well as deploying policies to multiple devices.

Partial Deployment

You can evaluate and deploy partial configurations to all managed devices (except APM).

Alert Logging

A new alert dashboard provides you a catalog of alerts raised by the BIG-IQ system.

API Documentation

Select API documentation for critical workflows can help you create your own automated solutions.

DoS configuration management

You can discover, import, modify and then deploy back the DoS Device configuration to each managed BIG-IP device for which you have provisioned Advanced Firewall Management.

Logging profile configuration management

You can deploy, edit, and create logging profiles on virtual servers on managed devices.

Screen resolution requirement

To properly display, the BIG-IQ system requires that your screen resolution is set to 1280x1024 or higher.

Browser support

BIG-IQ supports the following browsers and versions:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer version 11 and later
  • Microsoft Edge version 12 and later
  • Mozilla Firefox version 46.x and later
  • Google Chrome version 50.x and later

BIG-IP compatibility

SOL14592: Compatibility between BIG-IQ and BIG-IP releases provides a summary of version compatibility for specific features between the BIG-IQ system and BIG-IP releases.

In general, this table outlines managed device compatibility:

Functional Description Minimum BIG-IP version Maximum BIG-IP version
Device operations 11.5.0 HF7 13.0.0
Upgrade - legacy devices 10.2.0 13.0.0
Upgrade - managed devices 11.5.0 HF7 13.0.0
ADC management 11.5.1 HF4 13.0.0
AFM 11.5.2 13.0.0
Access 12.1.0 13.0.0
ASM 11.5.3 HF1 13.0.0
FPS 11.6.0 13.0.0
DNS 12.0.0 13.0.0

User documentation for this release

Software documentation
For a list of user documentation for this software release, go to the BIG-IQ Centralized Management Knowledge Center and select version 5.2.0.
Platform documentation
For Virtual Edition or Cloud setup documentation organzied by VE or Cloud type, refer to the Cloud Knowledge Center on AskF5 to select an option.
For hardware platform documentation, visit the Hardware Knowledge Centers page on AskF5 to select the appropriate BIG-IQ hardware documentation.

Software installation

Depending on whether you are installing a new system or upgrading an existing one, the following documentation resources can help you get started with version 5.2.0.

For information about planning and installing BIG-IQ Centralized Management, refer to the Planning and Implementing an F5 BIG-IQ Centralized Management Deployment guide.

For instructions about how to upgrade from BIG-IQ version 5.0 or 5.1 to 5.2 refer to the Upgrading BIG-IQ Centralized Management version 5.x to BIG-IQ version 5.2 guide.

If your configuration uses logging nodes, please refer to one of the following guides: F5 BIG-IQ Centralized Management: Upgrading Logging Nodes to Version 5.2 While Preserving Existing Data or F5 BIG-IQ Centralized Management: Upgrading Logging Nodes to Version 5.2 Without Preserving Existing Data.

For procedures about specifying network options and performing initial configuration, refer to the BIG-IQ Centralized Management: Licensing and Initial Setup guide.

Fixes

For a comprehensive list of fixes, behavior changes, and known issues for this release, refer to the BIG-IQ 5.2.0 Release Information page.

Contacting F5 Networks

For additional information, please visit http://www.f5.com.

Additional resources

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