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Manual Chapter: BIG-IQ Device Device Management Overview
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About BIG-IQ Device

BIG-IQ Device offers you the flexibility to deploy software images, and configurations, and monitor and distribute licenses and license pools for managed BIG-IP devices. BIG-IQ Device also provides you with an inventory management tool so that you can easily view and export detailed information about every device you are managing. This centralized device management saves you time because you can perform multiple deployments to a number of BIG-IP devices, without having to log in to each of them individually. The inventory management functionality keeps you apprised of every detail about your managed devices, helping you to better manage your assets.

Additional resources and documentation for BIG-IQ systems

You can access all of the following BIG-IQ system documentation from the AskF5 Knowledge Base located at http://support.f5.com/.

Document Description
BIG-IQ Virtual Edition Setup BIG-IQ Virtual Edition (VE) runs as a guest in a virtual environment using supported hypervisors. Each of these guides is specific to one of the hypervisor environments supported for the BIG-IQ system.
BIG-IQ Systems: Licensing and Initial Configuration This guide provides the network administrator with basic BIG-IQ system concepts and describes the tasks required to license and set up the BIG-IQ system in their network.
BIG-IQ Device: Device Management This guide provides details about how to deploy software images, licenses, and configurations to managed BIG-IP devices.
BIG-IQ Cloud: Cloud Administration This guide contains information to help a cloud administrator manage cloud resources, devices, applications, and tenants (users).
BIG-IQ Cloud: Tenant User Guide This guide contains information to help tenants manage applications.
BIG-IQ Security: Administration This guide contains information used to manage BIG-IP firewalls, policies, rule lists (and other shared objects), and users.
BIG-IQ ASM: Administration This guide contains information used to manage all policies in an enterprise by bringing under central management all the BIG-IP devices where those policies reside.
Release notes Release notes contain information about the current software release, including a list of associated documentation, a summary of new features, enhancements, fixes, known issues, and available workarounds.
Solutions and Tech Notes Solutions are responses and resolutions to known issues. Tech Notes provide additional configuration instructions and how-to information.

About the BIG-IQ system user interface

The BIG-IQ system interface is composed of panels. Each panel contains objects that correspond with a BIG-IQ system feature. Depending on the number of panels and the resolution of your screen, some panels are collapsed on either side of the screen. You can cursor over the collapsed panels to locate the one you want, and click the panel to open. To associate items from different panels, click on an object, and drag and drop it onto the object to which you want to associate it.

Filtering for associated objects

The BIG-IQ system helps you easily see an object's relationship to another object, even if the objects are in different panels.
  1. In a panel, click the object on which you want to filter. The selected object name displays in the Filter field, and the screen refreshes to display unassociated objects as unavailable.
  2. To further filter the objects displayed, you can type one additional object in the Filter field, and click the Apply button.
  3. To display only those objects associated with the object you selected, click the Apply button. The screen refreshes and the objects previously displayed in a gray font do not appear. Only objects associated with the object you click display, and the object you selected displays below the Filter field.
  4. To remove a filter, click the x icon next to the object that you want to remove, below the Filter field.

Customizing panel order

You can customize the BIG-IQ system interface by reordering the panels.
  1. Click the header of a panel and drag it to a new location, then release the mouse button. The panel displays in the new location.
  2. Repeat step 1 until you are satisfied with the order of the panels.

Filtering on multiple objects

The BIG-IQ system interface makes it easy to search for a specific object. This can be especially helpful as the number of objects increase when you add more users, applications, servers, and so forth.
  1. In a panel, click the object on which you want to filter. The selected object name displays in the Filter field, and the screen refreshes to display unassociated objects as unavailable.
  2. To display only those objects associated with the object you selected, click the Apply button. The screen refreshes and the objects previously displayed in a gray font do not appear. Only objects associated with the object you click display, and the object you selected displays below the Filter field.
  3. To remove a filter, click the x icon next to the object that you want to remove, below the Filter field.
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