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F5 BIG-IQ Centralized Management Lab

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Solution Overview

Welcome to WWT Virtual Environment (vLab) setup and hands-on F5 BIG-IQ Centralized Manager Lab exercises.

These exercises are designed to utilize F5 BIG-IQ CM as a source of truth for deploying applications using the imperative and declarative(AS3) F5 REST APIs. Lab users will also learn to leverage Ansible as automation platform for managing F5 configurations.

Goals & Objectives

This lab covers the following topics:

Module 1 - Manage BIG-IP Devices using BIG-IQ Web UI

This module focuses on utilizing BIG-IQ CM Web UI. Lab users will practice the below scenarios.

  • BIG-IQ CM as License Manager using RegKey Pool
  • BIG-IP Device Discovery
  • Deploy sample HTTP Application

 

Module 2 -  Manage BIG-IP devices using AS3 declarative model

This module focuses on utilizing the F5 Application Services3(AS3) API. Lab users will practice the below scenarios :

  • Deploying HTTPS Application using BIG-IQ AS3 templates
  • Modifying Applications using AS3 templates
  • Creating custom AS3 BIG-IQ templates

 

Module 3 -  BIG-IQ Automation with Ansible

This module focuses on utilizing Ansible as the automation platform along with BIG-IQ CM. Lab users will practice the below scenarios:

  • BIGP-IP Device Discovery/Removal using BIG-IQ Ansible Module
  • BIGP-IP License apply/revoke using BIG-IQ Ansible Modules
  • Deploy web application to BIG-IP devices using BIG-IQ REST API’s(imperatively)
  • Deploy web application using F5 AS3 declarative model
  • Modify web application using F5 AS3 declarative model
  • Delete/Remove web application using F5 AS3 declarative model
  • Deploy HTTPS web application using F5 AS3 declarative model

 

Module 4 -  AS3 Application creation using Ansible Tower and BIG-IQ

This module focuses on utilizing Ansible Tower Job templates and surveys along with BIG-IQ to automate the configuration management on BIG-IP Devices. Lab users will practice below scenarios:

  • Create AS3 web application using Ansible Tower template & surveys
  • Delete/Remove AS3 web application using Ansible Tower template & survey

Hardware & Software

  • 2 x F5 BIG-IP VE (v13.0.0 HF2)
  • 1 x Linux LAMP Servers
  • 1 x F5 BIG-IQ CM (v7.1.0)
  • 1 x Windows 10 Jumphost
  • 1 x vRouter(vyos)
  • 1 x Ansible Tower(v2.8.6)

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