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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.

Note: The BIG-IQ VE product license determines the maximum allowed throughput rate. To view this rate limit, you can display the BIG-IQ VE licensing page within the BIG-IQ Configuration utility. Lab editions have no guarantee of throughput rate and are not supported for production environments.

About BIG-IQ VE compatibility with EC2 hypervisor products

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 11.3.0 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 an 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.
Important: There is no longer any limitation on the maximum amount of RAM supported on the hypervisor guest.
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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