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Manual Chapter: Getting Started with BIG-IQ Virtual Edition
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What is BIG-IQ Virtual Edition?

BIG-IQ Virtual Edition (VE) is a version of the BIG-IQ system that runs as a guest in specifically-supported hypervisors. BIG-IQ VE emulates a hardware-based BIG-IQ system running a VE-compatible version of BIG-IQ software.

About BIG-IQ VE compatibility with EC2 hypervisor products

Each time there is a new release of BIG-IQ Virtual Edition (VE) software, it includes support for additional hypervisor management products. The Virtual Edition and Supported Hypervisors Matrix on the AskF5 website,, details which hypervisors are supported for each release.

BIG-IQ VE is compatible with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 hypervisors. This guide documents the AWS interface as it exists just prior to the version 11.6.0 BIG-IP software release.

Important: Hypervisors other than those identified in this guide are not supported with this BIG-IQ version; any installation attempts on unsupported platforms might not be successful.

About the hypervisor guest definition requirements

The EC2 virtual machine guest environment for the BIG-IQ Virtual Edition (VE), at minimum, must include:

  • a 64 bit EC2 instance with at least 2 virtual cores (up to 16 are supported in this release)
  • at least 4 GB RAM (64GB has been tested, F5 Networks recommends at least 2GB per virtual core)
  • 2 x virtual network adapter cards (NICs) (up to 9 are supported)
    Important: F5 Networks recommends three or more network adapters for most topologies, but the minimum requirement is two (one for management and one for traffic).
    Important: To support multiple NICs on Amazon Web Services you must create a virtual private cloud (VPC).
  • 1 x virtual private cloud (VPC).
Important: Not supplying at least the minimum virtual configuration limits will produce unexpected results.
Note: Currently, these requirements map to what Amazon designates as an M1 Large instance. Refer to for their most current definition.
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