You use BIG-IQ® Device to centrally manage resources located on BIG-IP® devices.
The first step to managing devices is making BIG-IQ Device aware of them through the discovery process. To discover a device, you provide BIG-IQ Device the device IP address, user name, and password. Alternatively, you can upload a CSV file to discover a large number of devices. When you discover a device you place it into a group. These groups help you organize devices with similar features, like those in a particular department or running a certain software version.
After you discover devices, you can view and export inventory details about those devices for easy asset management, and you can modify device configurations as required without having to log in to each device individually.
After you license and perform the initial configuration for the BIG-IQ® system, you can discover BIG-IP™ devices running version 11.5.3 HF3 and later or 11.6 HF6 and later. For proper communication, you must configure the BIG-IQ system with a route to each F5 device you want to manage. If you do not specify the required network communication route between the devices, then device discovery fails.
There are two ways to discover F5 devices in your network.