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Manual Chapter: Initial Setup and Configuration
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Overview of initial setup tasks

After you configure one or more F5 devices in your network and determine how you want to incorporate Enterprise Manager™, you can perform specific tasks to complete the initial setup of your Enterprise Manager.

Task summary

Activating the Enterprise Manager license

To activate the Enterprise Manager license, you must have the base registration key. The base registration key is a character string that the license server uses to verify the type and number of F5 Networks products that you are entitled to license. If you do not have a base registration key, contact the F5 Networks sales group (
You license the Enterprise Manager from the License screen of the Setup Utility.
Setup Utility License screen
  1. From a workstation attached to the network on which you configured the management interface, type the following URL syntax where <management_IP_address> is the address you configured for device management: https://<management_IP_address>
  2. At the prompts, type the user name admin and the password admin.
  3. Click Log in. The Setup Utility screen opens.
  4. Click Activate. The License screen opens.
  5. In the Base Registration Key field, paste your base registration key.
  6. Click Next. The End User License Agreement (EULA) displays.
  7. Review the EULA. When you click Accept, the Platform screen opens.

Specifying initial configuration settings

You specify the initial configuration settings from the Setup Utility Platform screen.

Setup Utility's Platform screen for basic configuration settings
  1. For the Management Port Configuration setting, select Manual.
  2. For the Management Port setting, type the IP address, network mask, and the management route.
  3. In the Host Name field, type a fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) for the system. The FQDN can consist of letters, numbers, and/or the characters underscore ( _ ), dash ( - ), or period ( . ).
  4. For the Host IP Address setting, retain the default value of Use Management Port IP Address.
  5. For the High Availability setting, select an option. Keep in mind that the function of Enterprise Manager's high availability feature is different than that of a BIG-IP® system. The purpose of Enterprise Manager's high availability feature is to provide access to a current backup of the active Enterprise Manager system's configuration.
  6. From the Time Zone list, select a time zone that reflects the location of the Enterprise Manager system.
  7. For the Root Account setting, type and confirm a password for the root account. The root account provides console access only.
  8. For the Admin Account setting, type and confirm a password.
  9. For the SSH Access setting, select or clear the check box.
  10. For the SSH IP Allow setting, retain the default of *All Addresses, or specify a range.
  11. Click Next. The system terminates your login session.
  12. Log in to the system again using the new password that you specified. The Network screen opens.
Tip: If you need to reconfigure any of the basic configuration settings, you can click the Run the Setup Utility link from the Configuration utility's Welcome screen.

Configuring a basic network

When you click Next from the Platform screen, the Basic Network Configuration wizard screen opens.
Basic Network Configuration wizard (Network screen)
Perform these steps to continue through the Basic Network Configuration wizard screens and specify the settings for the internal and external VLANs. For additional information about the settings on these screens, click the Help tab.
  1. For the Self IP settings, type the IP addresses specific to the Enterprise Manager™ system in the Address and Netmask fields.
  2. For the Port Lockdown setting, retain the defaultAllow Default to ensure that the required ports are open for communication between the Enterprise Manager and the managed devices.
  3. If you are configuring a high availability system, perform these steps, which display only if you specified a high availability system during the initial configuration.
    1. In the Floating IP area, type the Enterprise Manager's floating IP address in the Address field.
    2. To enable configuration synchronization between the peers in a redundant/high availability system, leave the Port Lockdown setting at Allow Default. If you select any other option, the configuration synchronization process will fail.
  4. For the VLAN Tag ID setting, retain the default auto to allow Enterprise Manager to select one for you, or type a value in the field between 1 and 4094.
  5. For the VLAN Interfaces settings, you can specify the interfaces you want this VLAN to use for traffic management.
  6. Click Next. The screen refreshes to display the external VLAN options.
  7. For the Self IP settings, in the Address and Netmask fields, type the IP addresses specific to the Enterprise Manager system.
  8. For the Port Lockdown setting, retain the default Allow Default to ensure that the ports that are required for communication between managed devices and Enterprise Manager are open.
  9. In the Default Gateway field, type the IP address or route of the default gateway.
  10. Click Next to save the configuration.
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