Recently I have started working a lot more with various F5 hardware including BIG-IP LTM’s or BIG-IP Local Traffic Managers. F5 provides a VMware image so you can have a test environment running as a virtual machine. This is a great place to complete testing, example configurations, etc. Once you start the F5 BIG-IP LTM VE virtual machine you will need to login with the default username and password which is noted below along with screenshots so you can ensure you are logging in via the correct console prompt.
F5 BIG-IP LTM VE Default Console Login:
As you can see in the above example image once the F5 BIG-IP LTM VE VMware image is started it will boot exactly like a Linux image and provide you a console login prompt. The default username is “root” without the quotes and the default password is “default” without the quotes. Each can be typed in followed by pressing enter as shown in the below example images which will eventually bring you to the BIG-IP LTM VE console.
F5 BIG-IP LTM VE Console Username: root
After typing root as the username click enter which will take you to the password prompt as shown below in the example image.
F5 BIG-IP LTM VE Console Password For User root: default
After typing the password default and clicking enter you will be taken to the BIG-IP LTM console as shown in the below example image.
F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager Virtual Edition Console:
You can easily change the BIG-IP LTM VE root users password by using the passwd command shown in the below example image.
Change F5 BIG-IP LTM VE Root User Password:
CentOS Linux version 5.4 with Linux kernel version 2.6 is what the BIG-IP host’s base operating system is built on so if you are familiar with Linux you should catch on quickly.