Deploy F5 BIG-IP VE on Hyper-V

Quick and easy step by step guide how to Deploy F5 BIG-IP VE on Hyper-V

What is F5 – I think I don’t have to explain here. Since some time F5 released Virtual Edition for their flagship product  BIG-IP. It is supported on various hypervisor platforms:

  • KVM – different vendors
  • Microsoft Hyper-V 2008R2 and 2012R2
  • VMware ESXi – since 5.X
  • XENServer – 5.5 and newer
Below quick guide how to deploy BIG-IP VE on Hyper-V 
  • Download virtual disks package from F5 download page
  • UnZip it and either copy over to SMB share (if you have VMM only) or copy to Library (if you have SCVMM 2012(r2) deployed
  • Star VMM manager or SCVMM and create new VM
    • 2 vCPU (for Lab)
    • 2GB – 4GB RAM
    • 4 vCPU (PROD)
    • 8GB RAM (full memory reservation)
    • and minimum of 3 network adapters
      • mgmt
      • internal
      • external
    • virtual disk
      • leave default size for lab
      • extend to 80GB or 100GB for PROD
F5 virtual hardware config on hyper-V

F5 virtual hardware config on hyper-V

  • Power it on and log in to console
    • default F5 credentials: root\default
    • type: config
    • and provide IP details for management interface
F5 default IP configuration

F5 default IP configuration

  • Once is done then go to IP address over https and log in to web based config tool
    • default F5 credentials are: admin\admin
F5 config web page

F5 config web page

After log it to appliance you have to register license key and than continue F5 system configuration.

Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).