F5 BIG-IQ Centralized Management Lab


Welcome to the F5 BIG-IQ Centralized Management 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 L3 IN Network
  • lab environment SSLo Inline L3 OUT Network
  • lab environment SSLo TAP Network
  • lab environment Docker Internal Network
  • AWS Internal Network
  • Azure Internal Network

List of instances:

  • BIG-IQ <> DCD 7.1.0
  • 2x BIG-IP 13.1 / 1 cluster (BOS)
  • 2x BIG-IP 14.1 / 1 standalone (SEA) and 1 standalone (PARIS)
  • 1x BIG-IP 15.1 / 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, Visual Studio Code.
  • SSLo Service TAP and L3/L2
  • ESXi 6.5.0 + vCenter

Components available:

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