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Manual Chapter: Local Cloud Integration
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About using a local cloud source

In addition to providing self-service resources to tenants remotely in a third party cloud, you can also provide them resources to local F5 devices in your network.

Discovering BIG-IP devices in your network

After you license and perform the initial configuration for the BIG-IQ system, you can discover BIG-IP devices running version 11.3 or later. For proper communication, you must configure each F5 device you want to manage with a route to the BIG-IQ system. If you do not specify the required network communication route between the devices, then device discovery fails.

You can discover a device by providing the BIG-IQ system with the device's IP address, user name, and password.

  1. Hover over the Devices header, click the + icon when it appears, and then select Discover Device.
  2. For devices on the same subnet as the BIG-IQ system, in the IP Address field, type the IP address of the device. You cannot discover a BIG-IP device using its management IP address.
  3. When the BIG-IQ system and the BIG-IP device are on different subnets, you must create a route:
    1. Use SSH to log in to the BIG-IQ system's management IP address as the root user.
    2. Type the following command: tmsh create net route <route name> {gw <x.x.x.x> network default}
    Where <route name> is a user-provided name to identify the new route, and <x.x.x.x> is the IP address of the default gateway for the internal network.
  4. To change the root user name, type a new name in the Root User Name field.
  5. Type a password for the root user in the Root Password field.
  6. In the Admin User Name and Admin Password fields, type the administrator user name and password for the managed device.
  7. Select the Auto Update Framework check box to direct the BIG-IQ system to perform any required REST framework updates on the BIG-IP device. For the BIG-IQ system to properly manage a BIG-IP device, the BIG-IP device must be running the most recent REST framework. If you do not select the Auto Update Framework check box before you click the Add button, a message displays prompting you do update the framework or cancel the task.
  8. Click the Add button.
BIG-IQ System populates the properties of the device that you added, and displays the device in the Devices panel.

Associating a local cloud connector with a device

Before you associate a local cloud connector with a device, you must discover one or more devices.
To enable integration between a third-party cloud provider and the BIG-IQ device, you must configure a cloud connector. A cloud connector is a resource that identifies the local or virtual environment in which a tenant deploys applications and, when necessary, adds parameters required by third-party cloud providers.
  1. Hover over the Connectors header and click the + icon when it appears.
  2. In the Name and Description fields, type a name and description. You can use the name and description to help you organize network resources into logical groups based on certain criteria, such as the location or application.
  3. From the Cloud Provider list, select Local Cloud.
  4. From the Devices list, select the device you want to associate with this connector.
  5. To select additional devices to associate with this connector, click the + icon at the right of the list. BIG-IQ system discovers application servers associated with this connector, and populates them in the Server panel. If the system discovers F5 devices, it populates the Device panel with them.
  6. Click the Save button.
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