Pre-requisites

Pre-requisites for the F5 ACI ServiceCenter:

  • F5 ACI ServiceCenter application should be a part of the default security domain for proper functioning.
  • The Cisco APIC user accessing the App must have admin privileges to the APIC.
  • All BIG-IP devices added to the F5 ACI ServiceCenter should have https support.
  • To enable and use the L4-L7 App Services tab, use the BIG-IP Configuration utility to install the f5-appsvcs package version 3.19.1+ on the BIG-IP device. Follow the installation steps from https://clouddocs.f5.com/products/extensions/f5-appsvcs-extension/latest/userguide/installation.html
  • To enable and use basic subtab of the L4-L7 App Services tab, use the BIG-IP Configuration utility to install f5-appsvcs-templates package version 1.8.1+ on the BIG-IP device. Follow the installation steps from https://clouddocs.f5.com/products/extensions/f5-appsvcs-templates/latest/userguide/install-uninstall.html
  • To view the Virtual Server statistics on the Visibility VIP Dashboard, you must install the Telemetry Streaming plugin version 1.17 or higher on the BIG-IP device. Follow the installation steps and the default pull consumer configuration details from https://clouddocs.f5.com/f5-aci-servicecenter/latest/navigate.html#configure-telemetry
  • To enable and view discovered devices in F5 ACI ServiceCenter, enable the LLDP protocol on both the BIG-IP as well as on the APIC. Make sure management IP of the BIG-IP is present in the LLDP attributes on BIG-IP(Network->Interfaces->Interfaces List-><interface_id>).
  • To configure and manage the Cisco ACI fabric use the APIC GUI/API, example: to add a logical device, to add a end point group etc. The F5 ACI ServiceCenter has read-only privileges to the Cisco APIC.