- Go grab a copy of the Virtual BigIP image. The website is horrible, and the emails it sends out takes a while. It took me about 3 days of waiting before I could download the image.
- Since I run VirtualBox, I converted the image from VMWare using the qemu utility. A few quick commands:
sudo apt-get install qemu
qemu-img convert BIGIP-10.1.0.3341.1084.vmdk BIGIP-10.1.0.3341.1084.bin
VBoxManage convertdd BIGIP-10.1.0.3341.1084.bin BIGIP-10.1.0.3341.1084.vdi
- Now it was easy to setup a new VirtualBox Machine. For the type, I used Other, and version Other/Unknown. 1gb of ram, and pointed the disk to the above .vdi.
- I booted the machine up and logged in as "root" and used the password "default".
- Run ifconfig and find the ipaddress for the eth0:mgmt device.
- Go to your favorite web browser, and connect to the ipaddress using https.
- Logon using "admin" with the password "admin", and you are in!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Setup A Virtual BigIP Instance Using VirtualBox
I am currently working on setting up the configuration of our BigIP pool from source control. I needed a way to test against the device without ruining our current systems. F5 has a downloadable virtual image you can use for this purpose. Below are the steps I stumbled through to get to the point where I could "start" my actual work.