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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 communmicate 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.

Discovering a BIG-IP device in your network by its IP address

After you license and perform the initial configuration for the iWorkflow® system, you can discover BIG-IP™ devices running version 11.5.3 HF2, 11.6 HF6, or 12.0. For discovery to succeed, you must configure the iWorkflow system with a route to each F5 device you want to manage.

Important: The iWorkflow system will attempt discovery of BIG-IP devices running versions other than those noted (above) as fully supported. Discovering unsupported devices is not recommended.
Important: If you are configuring an integration with a BIG-IP guest, use the Discovering a BIG-IP guest task instead of this one.
Important: A vCMP host cannot be discovered using the Device panel. To manage a vCMP host, you must create a vCMP Cloud connector.
Important: In this release of iWorkflow, guests in a VIPRION cluster cannot be discovered using the Device panel.
Discovering BIG-IP devices is the first step to managing them.
Important: When you discover a device, iWorkflow software installs components on the device, the installation process can cause the traffic management interface (TMM) on the BIG-IP device to restart. Therefore, before discovering a device, verify that no critical network traffic is targeted to the BIG-IP device.
  1. Log in to iWorkflow™ with the administrator user name and password and select the Cloud component.
  2. On the Devices header, click the + icon, and then select Discover Device.
    Note: You can perform this step in either iWorkflow Device or iWorkflow Cloud.
    The Devices panel expands to show the Discover Device screen.
  3. For the IP Address, specify the device's internal self-IP address.
  4. In the User Name and Password fields, type the administrator user name and password for the managed device.
    Important: For successful device discovery, you must use the admin account; not the root account. If root access is needed, the system prompts you for it.
  5. Click Save to start the discovery task.
The iWorkflow system populates the properties of the device that you added in the Devices panel.
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