F5 BIG-IQ and BIG-IP Cloud Edition


Welcome to the F5 BIG-IQ & Cloud Edition Lab - 2020

The content contained here leverages a full DevOps CI/CD pipeline and is sourced from the GitHub repository at https://github.com/f5devcentral/f5-big-iq-lab. Bugs and Requests for enhancements can be made by opening an Issue within the repository.

This document details the lab exercises and demonstrations that comprise the hands-on component of the BIG-IQ. The environment is setup with basic configuration and associated traffic generation to populate dashboards for easy demos. Additional configuration can be added to support items that are not currently covered.

This lab environment is designed to allow for quick and easy demos of a significant portion of the BIG-IQ product. The Linux box in the environment has multiple cron jobs that are generating traffic that populates the Monitoring tab and Application dashboard.

This lab environment is available for internal F5 users.



  • lab environment Management Network
  • lab environment External Network
  • lab environment Internal Network
  • lab environment SSLo Inline L2 IN Network
  • lab environment SSLo Inline L2 OUT Network
  • lab environment SSLo TAP Network
  • lab environment Docker Internal Network
  • AWS Internal Network
  • Azure Internal Network

List of instances:

  • BIG-IQ <> DCD
  • 2x BIG-IP 13.1 / 1 cluster (BOS)
  • 2x BIG-IP 14.1 / 1 standalone (SEA) and 1 standalone (PARIS)
  • 1x BIG-IP 12.1 / 1 standalone (SJC)
  • LAMP Server - Radius, LDAP, DHCP, xRDP, noVNC, Splunk, Application Servers (Hackazon, dvmw, f5 demo app), Traffic Generator (HTTP, Access, DNS, Security), Samba, AWX/Ansible Tower.
  • SSLo Service TAP and L2 (only with lab environment Ravello)
  • ESXi 6.5.0 + vCenter (only with lab environment Ravello)

Components available:

  • “System” - Manage all aspects for BIG-IQ,
  • “Devices” - Discover, Import, Create, Onboard (DO) and Manage BIG-IP devices.
  • “Configuration” - ADC, Security (ASM, AFM, APM, DDOS, SSLo config/monitoring)
  • “Deployment” - Manage evaluation task and deployment.
  • “Monitoring” - Event collection per device, statistics monitoring, iHealth reporting integration, alerting, and audit logging.
  • “Applications” - Application Management (Cloud Edition, Legacy, AS3) and Service Scaling Group