Licensing BIG-IP VE

In order to use BIG-IP VE, you must have a license from F5.

To choose the license you need, see this webpage. You can get a trial license if you need one.

Reusing licenses

In BIG-IP VE version 12.1.3.3 and later, and 13.1.0.2 and later, you can revoke the license from a virtual machine and re-use it on another virtual machine.

  • From the Configuration utility, to revoke the license, go to System -> License and click Revoke.

  • From tmsh, to revoke the license, run the command:

    tmsh revoke sys license
    

This functionality works for BIG-IP VE only.

Per-App licenses

When you want to use BIG-IP VE with one back-end application, choose a Per-App license.

Per-App licenses are currently available:

  • As BYOL (Bring Your Own License)
  • With throughput speeds of 25 or 200 Mbps
  • In BIG-IP VE 13.1.0.2 and later

This license is available for Local Traffic Manager (LTM) only, or you can use it to run LTM and Application Security Manager (ASM) as a WAF (Web Application Firewall).

Per-App licenses are also used as part of BIG-IP Cloud Edition, to license BIG-IP VE instances when they are auto-scaled from within BIG-IQ.

Per-App licensing virtual server options

With a Per-App license, you can create one virtual IP address and three virtual servers.

The three virtual servers in this case would have the same destination IP address, but would use different ports.

For example, your virtual servers might be:

Name Description Destination Address/Service Port
VS1 Website traffic 10.10.10.10:443
VS2 Redirect for website traffic 10.10.10.10:80
VS3 Website instrumentation/health checking 10.10.10.10:8080

If you’d prefer, the virtual server can be a wildcard. For example, the Destination Address would be 0.0.0.0 instead of 10.10.10.10 in the previous example. You can specify the Service Port, or use *.

Name Description Destination Address/Service Port
VS1 Catch-all, log with iRule 0.0.0.0:*
VS2 Website traffic 0.0.0.0:443
VS3 Website instrumentation/health checking 0.0.0.0:8080