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Manual Chapter: Device Discovery
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About device discovery and management

It takes a lot of time to manage multiple BIG-IP® devices. With F5® iWorkflow™, you save time by managing everything at once. This also helps reduce mistakes.

To manage BIG-IP devices, iWorkflow needs to be able to communicate with them. The discovery process creates the communication channel for device management.

After you discover devices, you can modify device configurations without having to log in to each device individually.

Adding BIG-IP devices to the iWorkflow inventory

After you license and perform the initial configuration for the iWorkflow™ system, you can discover BIG-IP® devices running supported versions.
Note: For the most current list of compatible versions, refer to the F5 iWorkflow compatibility matrix (K11198324) on
For discovery to succeed, you must configure the iWorkflow system with a route to each F5 device that you want to manage. If you do not specify the required network communication route between the devices, then device discovery fails.
Important: The iWorkflow will attempt discovery of BIG-IP devices running versions other than those noted (above) as fully supported. Discovering unsupported devices is not recommended.

The first step to managing BIG-IP devices is to add them to the iWorkflow system inventory.

Important: When you add a device, iWorkflow software installs packages on the device. This installation process can cause the traffic management interface (TMM) on the BIG-IP device to restart. Therefore, before adding a device, verify that no critical network traffic is targeted to the BIG-IP device.
  1. Log in to iWorkflow with your administrator user name and password.
  2. Select either the Clouds and Services or BIG-IP Connectivity component.
  3. On the Devices header, click the + icon, and then select Discover Device.
    The Devices panel expands to show the Discover Device screen.
  4. For the IP Address, specify the device's internal self-IP address.
  5. In the User Name and Password fields, type the administrator user name and password for the managed device.
    Important: To add a device successfully, you must use the admin account; not the root account. If root access is needed, the system prompts you for it.
    Important: A vCMP® host cannot be discovered using the Device panel. To manage a vCMP host, you must create a vCMP Cloud connector.
    Important: Multi-slot guests in a VIPRION® cluster cannot be managed using this release of iWorkflow.
  6. Click Save to start the task.
  7. If you are prompted to update the device framework, type the password for the root user in the Root Password field.
The iWorkflow system populates the properties of the device that you added, and displays the device in the Devices panel.
For devices located in a third-party cloud, you must associate the device with a cloud connector.
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