Week One: Initial BigIP LTM VE Configuration Using Bigpipe Commands To Add VLAN & Self IP Address

The below article is the first in a series of articles to help get you more familiar with the BigIP BigPipe commands used to manage an LTM VE or Local Traffic Manager Virtual Edition installed in VMWare Player as noted in this article. After following the steps in this article you will have created two VLAN’s (Virtual Local Area Networks) and added an IP address to each VLAN which will be the foundation of the series of articles that will help you setup and configure your LTM VE to do basic load balancing followed by other articles that build on that foundation. The future articles will become more in depth by first taking you through basic troubleshooting steps using and overtime using more advanced techniques for troubleshooting issues on a BigIP Local Traffic Manager.

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Install F5 BIG-IP LTM VE Trial In VMware

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.

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Activate F5 BIG-IP LTM VE Trial License, Enter BIG-IP LTM VE Base Registration Key

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.

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F5 BIG-IP LTM VE Default Login, BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager Virtual Edition Console Login

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.