EVE-NG Deploying F5 BIG-IP

KB ID 0001696

Problem

I already had some F5 Images in my EVE-NG, but I wanted to run version 16.x. However, I didn’t think that was officially supported, so I thought I would try and get it running anyway!

Solution

Theres no need to scour the internet for ‘dodgy’ versions, F5 will quite happily give you the latest version, just sign up for a free account, and you can download the image. While you are there, you can apply for a trial licence, (or two if you want to test HA).

Important: I use FileZilla to upload images into EVE-NG, make sure your transfers are set for ‘binary’ I’ve seen this break things in the past, so mines already setup to use that by default;

Upload the image into EVE-NG, (I’ve shown the location, on the image below).

Upload BIG-IP to Eve-NG

Now, SSH into EVE-NG, extract/unzip the image, then copy/rename it to virtioa.qcow2, remove the ZIP file, and finally fix the permissions; (Change the values in bold (below) to match your version);

cd /opt/unetlab/addons/quemu/bigip-16.0/
unzip BIGIP-16.0.0-0.0.12.ALL.qcow2.zip
mv BIGIP-16.0.0-0.0.12.ALL.qcow2 virtioa.qcow2
rm BIGIP-16.0.0-0.0.12.ALL.qcow2.zip
/opt/unetlab/wrappers/unl_wrapper -a fixpermissions

Install F5 Big IP on EVE-NG

You can now add a BIG-IP LTM VE into your lab.

Deploy BIG-IP to Eve-NG

Select Version 16 > Scroll down.

Deploy F5 to Eve-NG

Change the Console to VNC > Save.

Deploy F5 to Eve-NG Console

Power it on.

F5 on Eve-NG

Log in, the DEFAULT USERNAMES AND PASSWORDS are;

Username: root Password:default

Username: admin Password: admin

You will be asked to change the passwords. (Note: The admin password may expire straight away so you will need to change it again when you log into the web console!)

F5 on Eve-NG default password

To ‘Get Access’ you will need to configure the Management Network on the F5, to do that run the config command.

F5 on Eve-NG Initial Setup

I don’t wish to insult your intelligence by walking though these steps, set an IP address and subnet mask on the management port.

F5 on Eve-NG MGMT Setup

In ‘Most” cases you wont want a default route on the management network, (normally that’s set on the ‘External‘ network).

F5 on Eve-NG No Default Route

Now browse to the appliance from a host on the management network, you will need to log on as the ‘admin‘ user, and (as I mentioned above), I needed to reset the password again!

F5 on Eve-NG Reset admin password

Now you can configure the appliance, when your trial licences, (unless you bought some lab licences,) come through.

F5 on Eve-NG Initial Setup

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Author: PeteLong

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