BIG-IQ Virtual Edition (VE) is a version of the BIG-IQ system that runs as a virtual machine in specifically-supported hypervisors. BIG-IQ VE emulates a hardware-based BIG-IQ system running a VE-compatible version of BIG-IQ software.
BIG-IQ Virtual Edition (VE) is compatible with VMware ESX 4.0 and 4.1, and VMware ESXi 4.0, 4.1 update 1, and 5.0 hosts.
The VMware virtual machine guest environment for the BIG-IQ Virtual Edition (VE), at minimum, must include:
For production licenses, F5 Networks suggests using the maximum configuration limits for the BIG-IQ VE system. Reservations can be less for lab editions. For each virtual machine, the VMware virtual machine guest environment permits a maximum of 10 virtual network adapters (either 10 VMXNET3 with 1 management + 9 dataplane or 1 Flexible management + 9 VMXNET3 dataplane).
There are also some maximum configuration limits to consider for deploying a BIG-IQ VE virtual machine, such as: