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May 23 2017   7:37PM GMT

How to setup a F5 BIG-IP LTM Virtual lab on VMware Fusion?

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After passing the F5 201 – TMOS Administration Exam, some of the professional friends were keen to know how to build a F5 practice lab on their personnel machines.

In this post we will walk through how to build a virtual lab for F5 201 – TMOS Administration Exam on macOS Sierra step-by-step.

We will be using following topology to built a F5 Virtual lab so that one can practice for their 201 – TMOS Administration Exam. Before starting please ensure VMware Fusion is installed on macOS Sierra

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Fig 1 – F5 BIG-IP LTM Toplogy

We will be using four VMWare networks for this lab, by default “vmnet” is created so we need to create three more VMware networks.

  • vmnet2
  • vmnet3
  • vmnet4

The IP Address mapping and functions of VMware networks will be as follow

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Step 1: Launch VMware fusion and then select preferences

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Step 2: Click the Icon Network and click lock icon to make changes

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Step 3 : Select + icon to add a custom network named vmnet 2 and assign the Subnet IP 172.16.1.0 and Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0. This will be the internal network. Also ensure to select the following checkbox

  • Connect the host Mac to this network
  • Provide addresses on this network via DHCP

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Step 4: Select + icon to add a custom network named vmnet 3 and assign the Subnet IP 172.16.2.0 and Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0. This will be the HA network. Also ensure to select the following checkbox

  • Connect the host Mac to this network
  • Provide addresses on this network via DHCP

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Step 4: Select + icon to add a custom network named vmnet 4 and assign the Subnet IP 10.1.0.0 and Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0. This will be the management network. Also ensure to select the following checkbox

  • Connect the host Mac to this network
  • Provide addresses on this network via DHCP

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Step 5:  Log into F5 Website and request a free trail version of BIP-IP virtual edition

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Step 6: Once an email is received from F5 with BIG-IP registration key download the BIG-IP VE System VMware Image, since the F5 201 – TMOS Administration Exam is based on TMOS version of 11.4 we will be downloading a BIG -IP V 11.4 – Virtual Edition for our labs. Download an OVA file for  VMware ESX/i Server v4.1-5.1 as its compatible with VMware fusion.

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Step 7-a: Import the BIG-IP VE System VMware Image VMware Fusion >File > Import

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Step 7 – b: Click Choose File

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Step 7 – c: Navigate to the folder where the BIG-IP VE System VMware Image was downloaded and select BIGIP-11.4.0.2384.0-scsi.ova image file and then click open

Click Continue to import the BIG-IP VE System VMware Image

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Step 7 – d:Name the new virtual machine with the desired name and then click save

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Step 7 – e: Accept the license agreements

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Step 8: Once the import is completed, click finish and then click Customize Settings to configure the Network settings, if needed one can customize memory , CPU and Hard disk settings

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Step 9-a:Customize Network Adapter setting to match the topology you are using.

In our case we will match to our topology

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Step 9-b:Map Network Adapter to the vmnet4  network  as this will be assigned to the management interface of BIG-IP Virtual Appliance

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Step 9-c:Map Network Adapter 2 to the Bridge Networking Interface (in our case Network Adapter 2 will be bridged to the Wi-Fi  adapter which is connected to the external network 192.168.1.0/24)

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Step 9-d: Map Network Adapter 3 to the vmnet2 network as this will be assigned to the internal interface of BIG-IP Virtual Appliance

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Step 9-e:Map Network Adapter 4 to the vmnet3 network as this will be assigned to the HA l interface of BIG-IP Virtual Appliance

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By following above steps one could a build a F5 BIG-IP LTM lab on their laptop using VMware Fusion. In upcoming post we will see how to do an initial configuration on F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition to run F5 201 – TMOS Administration Exam labs on their laptops.

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