Lab 5.1: Import a device into a silo


Estimated time to complete: 10 minutes

Lab environment access

If you have not yet visited the page Getting Started, please do so.


  1. Login to BIG-IQ as david.
  2. Navigate to Devices > BIG-IP Devices. You can hide some columns you won’t need for this lab such as Stats Collection, Data Collection, Stats Last Collection.
  1. Click on Complete import tasks under Services.

4. Click on Import to start the device configuration import into BIG-IQ. If prompted to re-discover the device before importing, go ahead and complete that step first, then Import.

  1. The conflict resolution window opens. All the objects are given one of the following options, Set all BIG-IQ , Set all BIG-IP or Create Version with the exception of 1 object silo-lab-http-profile which only has the 2 first options.

The HTTP profile silo-lab-http-profile already exists in BIG-IQ and is tied to one or more of the BIG-IP’s discovered & imported into BIG-IQ. In this case the Boston BIG-IP Cluster or the Seattle BIG-IP.

If you choose BIG-IQ, the the contents of this profile on the SJC-vBIGIP01 BIG-IP will get overwritten by what is already on BIG-IQ. This is likely not a preferred behavior because this is a working configuration and changing the content of the profile will likely break something.

Choosing BIG-IP will overwrite the contents of this profile on BIG-IQ with what is being imported from this BIG-IP. This would then overwrite the configuration of the other BIG-IP’s that use this same shared object with the contents of the SJC-vBIGIP01 BIG-IP profile on the next deployment. This is also not a desired outcome as it will change working configurations on those devices.



When adding multiple BIG-IP devices and discovering and importing their services at the same time, you can specify a conflict resolution policy if BIG-IQ finds any default monitors or LTM profiles with different parameters. More details on Version Specific Objects in Module 4.

  1. Select the silo-lab-http-profile profile HTTP and note the difference between BIG-IQ and the BIG-IP device profile.
  • BIG-IQ
Accept XFF Enabled
Insert X-Forwarded-For Enabled
Accept XFF Disabled
Insert X-Forwarded-For Disabled

What you are noticing is a conflict between what BIG-IQ has stored for a profile named silo-lab-http-profile and what a profile of the same name has on the SJC-vBIGIP01 device. They share the same name, but have different configuration options enabled as highlighted in the display. Because we want to preserve both configurations and not overwrite BIG-IP or BIG-IQ for the conflicting HTTP profile, click on Resolve Conflicts Later.

  1. Select Create a New Silo and name it silolab then click Continue

The device is now imported into its own silo named silolab. Note the object naming collision has not been resolved yet. Click Close.



If you know all the devices from 1 data center have the exact same conflicts, you can put all of those devices in the same silo rather than put each one into its own silo.

  1. Once the device is added to the silo, import the device configuration.

9. After the Import has completed, go back to the BIG-IP Devices grid, you can see now has been imported into a Silo named silolab.

  1. If you navigate to Configuration > Local Traffic > Profile and filter on silo-lab-http-profile you will see the 2 different instances of the same HTTP profile. One which is part of the default silo and the newly imported profile from the SJC BIG-IP device which is in the Silo called silolab.