When you deploy BIG-IP VE from the Azure Marketplace, BIG-IP VE has a single NIC and only one available IP address.
If you prefer a configuration with multiple NICs and/or IP addresses, you can deploy BIG-IP VE by using:
For more information about multiple NICs in Azure, see https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/ga-multiple-ips-per-nic.
When you create a multi-NIC configuration of BIG-IP VE in Azure, you can specify which NIC to use for which traffic.
You may want to have management and data (application) traffic on the same NIC. If you do:
A configuration with separate NICs and IP addresses is more of a traditional BIG-IP VE setup, with a management, internal, and external subnet, for example.
F5 maintains templates that you can use to create a multi-NIC deployments. For more information, see https://github.com/F5Networks.
When you deploy BIG-IP VE with multiple NICs, you can use a separate NIC for management, data (application), and internal traffic.
In this configuration, each NIC can have one or more IP addresses associated with it. For example, your external NIC can now have multiple IP addresses, each of which you can use as a virtual server.
This deployment shows three subnets:
Traffic flows from clients through BIG-IP VE to application servers.
Note: This example shows a single, standalone BIG-IP VE. To use config sync with two or more BIG-IP VEs in the same availability set, add all virtual server IP addresses to traffic group none.
When you deploy BIG-IP VE with multiple NICs, you can separate your management, data (application), and internal traffic so that each has its own NIC.
To create this multi-NIC configuration in Azure, you need the following resources:
Depending on your region and the version of BIG-IP VE you want to deploy, you must choose a BIG-IP VE image. To view the list of available images:
The publisher is
Then you can deploy an instance of BIG-IP VE. If necessary, select the availability set during deployment.
After you deploy BIG-IP VE, you must: