The tasks you perform to deploy the BIG-IQ Virtual Edition (VE) system on VMware ESXi, depend on what you plan to do with the VMware ESXi:
|If you plan to manage BIG-IP devices with the BIG-IQ system||If you plan to manage applications in a service scaling group housed in a VMware cloud|
To successfully deploy and run the BIG-IQ VE system, the host system must satisfy minimum requirements.
The host system must include these elements:
The first step in deploying BIG-IQ Virtual Edition (VE) is to download the OVA file to your local system. Next, you can run the Deploy OVF Template wizard from within the ESXi vSphere client or vCenter vSphere Web client. Follow the steps in this procedure to create an instance of the BIG-IQ system that runs as a virtual machine on the host system.
The BIG-IQ file package creates a 95GB disk footprint at installation.
The Data Collection Device file package creates a 500GB disk footprint at installation.
After the system completes the initialization process, two built-in user accounts are enabled that provide you with the access you need to complete initial configuration and setup:
If your network has DHCP, an IP address is automatically assigned to BIG-IQ VE during deployment. You can use this address to access the BIG-IQ VE user interface or tmsh command-line utility.
If no IP address was assigned, you can assign one by using the Configuration utility.
When assigned, the management IP address appears in the Summary tab of the vSphere client. Alternatively, you can use a hypervisor generic statement, such as tmsh list sys management-ip.