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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

Document Description
BIG-IQ® Systems Virtual Editions Setup guides 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® System: Licensing and Initial Setup This guide provides the network administrators with basic BIG-IQ system concepts and describes the tasks required to license and set up the BIG-IQ system in their network, including how to add users and assign roles to those users.
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® Application Delivery Controller: Administration This guide provides details about how to centrally manage BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager™ applications.
BIG-IQ® Security: Administration This guide contains information used to centrally manage BIG-IP® firewalls, policies, rule lists (as well as other shared objects), and users.
Platform Guide: BIG-IQ® 7000 Series This guide provides information about setting up and managing the BIG-IQ 7000 hardware platform.
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 to a BIG-IQ feature. Depending on the number of panels and the resolution of your screen, some panels may be collapsed and show as colored bars 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 an object, and drag and drop it onto the object with 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. To display only items associated with a specific object, hover over the object, click the gear icon, and then select Show Only Related Items. The screen refreshes to display only associated objects in each panel.
  2. To highlight only items associated with a specific object, hover over the object, click the gear icon, and then select Highlight Related Items. The screen refreshes, highlighting only associated objects in each panel, and displaying unassociated objects in a gray font.
  3. To remove a filter, click the X icon next to the filtered object in a panel.

Searching for specific 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. To search for a specific object, in the Filter field at the top of the screen, type all or part of an object's name.
  2. Click the Apply button. The screen refreshes to display only the objects associated with the term you typed in the Filter field.
  3. To further refine the filter, type another term into the Filter field, and click the Apply button again.
  4. To remove a filter term, click the X icon next to it.

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.

Specifying idle timeout and default screen

Before you can specify the global administrator user settings, you must first license the BIG-IQ system.
You can define the minutes the BIG-IQ system waits before logging you out as well as specify the default screen displayed when you log in.
  1. Log in to BIG-IQ System with your administrator user name and password.
  2. In the right corner of the screen hover admin and click Global User Settings when it appears.
  3. In the Idle Timeout (minutes) field, type the number of idle minutes you want the BIG-IQ system to wait before logging you out.
  4. From the Default View list, select the screen you want to view upon logging in to the BIG-IQ system.
  5. Click the Save button.
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