Original Publication Date: 03/18/2018
BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) is a version of the BIG-IP system that runs as a virtual machine. Supported modules include Local Traffic Manager, Global Traffic Manager, Application Security Manager, Access Policy Manager, WAN Optimization Manager, WebAccelerator, and Edge Gateway. BIG-IP VE includes all features of device-based BIG-IP modules running on standard BIG-IP TMOS, except as noted in release notes and product documentation.
Note: The BIG-IP VE product license determines the maximum allowed throughput rate. To view this rate limit, you can display the licensing page within the BIG-IP Configuration utility.
Important: To run VE in version 11.x, the BIG-IP system must have 4 GB of memory.
For a comprehensive list of documentation that is relevant to this release, refer to the following pages:
|ID 224507||When VE is deployed on VMware, the management port might not correctly reflect the uplink port speed of the vSwitch that it is connected to. This should have no adverse affects on actual management port traffic.|
|ID 351538||"F5 Networks strongly recommends that the host system use CPUs with AMD-V or Intel-VT technology. This might require adjusting the systems BIOS or Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) configuration. For specific Hypervisors, hardware assisted virtualization technologies may be required in order to boot BIG-IP VE. For detailed system requirements, see the Hypervisor's documentation."|
|ID 358355||When deployed as a Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machine, BIG-IP VE must be configured with a Static Memory Allocation. The use of Dynamic Memory Allocation is unsupported and may cause issues.|
|ID 364704||Taking a snapshot of the virtual machine's memory often pauses the virtual machine and may produce undesired results. To correct this problem on VMware hypervisors, do not include the virtual machine's memory when snapshots are taken.|
|ID 366403||After modifying the BIG-IP system configuration by adding or removing Network Interfaces, the interface numbering might appear out of order and NICs may appear that are no longer present. If the virtual interfaces on the BIG-IP VE system are changed after a binary MCPD database has been created, the system may not detect the change even after a subsequent reboot. To ensure that the system properly detects the new or removed interfaces, type the command "rm /var/db/mcpd*" at the BIG-IP VE command prompt, and reboot the system. TMM-to-vSwitch interface mapping can be viewed by comparing the MAC addresses of the interfaces displayed in the BIG-IP Configuration utility to those displayed in the hypervisors configuration. The interfaces may need a simple adjustment to map to the correct networks.|
|ID 367759||Modifying an interface's VLAN configuration from tagged to untagged or untagged to tagged may result in unavailability of traffic on that interface. Restarting the tmm with "bigstart restart tmm" will correct this condition.|
|ID 367862||Network Interface Port Mirroring is not supported by BIG-IP VE with this release.|
|ID 370367||On BIG-IP VE only, changing the interface used by a VLAN from one to another may show degraded performance in the event that both interfaces are configured to participate on the same broadcast network. Restarting the TMM with "bigstart restart tmm" will restore performance and resolve the issue.|
|ID 371458||On a XenServer Host, all interfaces are expected to show up as 100TX-FD within tmsh. All application traffic handling interfaces will be shown with a media speed of 100 and an Active Duplex of half in the GUI for this release. This speed rating is simply cosmetic and not actually reflective of the speeds and duplex for BIG-IP VE on a XenServer host. The actual link is a high speed internal connection via a Virtual Network Interface within the hypervisor at speeds greater than 100Mbps.|
|ID 371631||BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) may incorrectly report the interface media duplex settings as none. The General Properties may show an incorrect Active Duplex setting when you navigate to Network :: Interfaces, and then click the interface. The output from the tmsh show network interface all-properties command may show incorrect information in the Media column. Running the command 'show net interface all-properties'. You are unable to confirm the current duplex setting of an interface. Workaround: To work around this issue, you can determine the interface media duplex setting for VE configurations not involving SR-IOV by running the following command: tmsh list net interface. Note: This workaround is valid only for VE configurations and only reports the VE's reported link state. A VM cannot determine any vSwitch's upstream link state via its own link state. VE knows about the link between it and the vSwitch, except in SR-IOV deployments, where there is no vSwitch and the link is direct.|
|ID 372540||Migration of BIG-IP VE, whether live or powered off, will commonly incur an innocuous warning message similar to this on vSphere hypervisors: Virtual Ethernet card 'Network adapter 1' is not supported. This is not a limitation of the host in general, but of the virtual machine's configured guest OS on the selected host." This message is benign and can safely be ignored.|
There are no known issues specific to Global Traffic Manager-Virtual Edition.
There are no known issues specific to Application Security Manager-Virtual Edition.
|ID 359815||Dashboard can show random WAN optimization throughput spikes as approximately two times the actual bandwidth.|
There are no known issues specific to WebAccelerator-Virtual Edition.
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