The F5 BIG-IP hardware line is fairly amazing so needless to say I was really excited to find out that there was a VMware image and VirtualBox image available to trial. This allows people not only to check out the BIG-IP software, which is built on top of CentOS Linux, but also the ability to easily test configurations. Below I describe the process all the way from downloading the actual VMware image and launching the image in VMware Player to logging into the BIG-IP LTM VE instance and enabling the trial license.
One of the requirements for initial configuration of the F5 BIG-IP LTM VE is to enter a license key. In this example we are configuring a BIG-IP LTM VE VMware image 90 day trial for testing. The way to accomplish this task is first login to the console using these instructions, next login to the BIG-IP LTM VE GUI using these instructions, and then follow the steps below which will walk you through activating the F5 BIG-IP LTM VE trial using the license key that was emailed to you by F5.