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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.

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 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 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.
  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.
    Note: You can perform this step in either iWorkflow Device or iWorkflow Cloud.
    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: 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.
  6. Click Save to start the discovery task.
The iWorkflow system populates the properties of the device that you added in the Devices panel.

Discovering a BIG-IP guest

Before you can discover a vCMP guest, you must first create and deploy it on the vCMP host.

Discovering BIG-IP devices is the first step to managing them.
Important: If you are configuring an integration with a BIG-IP device, use the Discovering a BIG-IP device in your network by its IP address task instead of this one.
  1. Log in to iWorkflow™ with the administrator user name and password.
  2. On the Devices header, click the + icon, and then select Discover Device.
    The Devices panel expands to show the Discover Device screen.
  3. For the IP Address, specify the guest's management IP address.
  4. In the User Name and Password fields, type the administrator user name and password for the managed device.
  5. Click Save to start the discovery task.
The iWorkflow system populates the properties of the guest that you added in the Devices panel.
Repeat this task to create a second guest on a second BIG-IP host to serve as a high availability peer for this guest.
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