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.
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.