F5 BIG-IQ and BIG-IP Cloud Edition


Welcome to the F5 BIG-IQ & Cloud Edition Lab - 2019

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 in UDF for internal F5 users.



  • UDF Management Network
  • UDF External Network
  • UDF Internal Network
  • UDF SSLo Inline L2 IN Network
  • UDF SSLo Inline L2 OUT Network
  • UDF SSLo TAP Network
  • UDF 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, RDP, Application Servers (Hackazon, dvmw, f5 demo app), Traffic Generator (HTTP, Access, DNS, Security).
  • Ansible Tower
  • SSLo Service TAP and L2
  • ESXi 6.5.0 + vCenter

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, AS3) and Service Scaling Group





When using the UDF, make sure:

  1. STOP the ESXi if you do not plan to demo VMware SSG or VE creation.
  2. STOP your deployment at the end of your demo.
  3. Do not forget to tear down your AWS & Azure SSG or VE(s) if any.
  4. In case of demonstrating VMware SSG, use only Arizona, Virginia or Frankfurt region to get good performance.