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Manual Chapter: BIG-IP Cloud Integration
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What does a BIG-IP cloud connector do?

The BIG-IP® connector is the interface between F5® iWorkflow™ and your private cloud infrastructure. Using this interface, iWorkflow manages the BIG-IP® devices in your private cloud, and deploys and manages applications to the BIG-IP devices in that cloud. The local connector performs the same function as connectors for cloud-specific infrastructures, but it does not include the specific parameters that those vendor clouds require.

A cloud connector provides two services:
  • First, it describes a set of devices in a network.
  • Second, it provides integration with a private cloud infrastructure.

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 support.f5.com.
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.

Associating a BIG-IP cloud connector with a device

Before you associate a BIG-IP® cloud connector with a device, you must discover one or more devices.
To enable integration between a third-party cloud provider and iWorkflow™, you must configure a BIG-IP cloud connector. A BIG-IP 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. Log in to iWorkflow with your administrator user name and password.
  2. Select the Clouds and Services component.
  3. On the Clouds header click the + icon.
    The New Cloud screen opens.
  4. 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.
  5. From the Connector Type list, select BIG-IP.
  6. From the Devices list, select the device you want to associate with this connector.
  7. To select additional devices to associate with this connector, click the + icon at the right of the list.
    iWorkflow system discovers application servers associated with this connector, and populates them in the Servers panel. If the system discovers F5 devices, it populates the Devices panel with them.
  8. Click the Save button.
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