Is there any way to generate traffic to test the BIGIP ??
I am trying to simulate the entire configuration in the lab and see if this is going to work fine. before copying the config. to production environment. Any idea about how to generate traffic in the lab setup?
Actually we have to test performance and that nothing breaks in the real environment. We want to see if it can take a lot of load and perform as we expect. Like after setting some changes and adding irules and see if this makes any changes to the performance. Get some statistics and then implement it. say about 1K hits to check .
Do you want free, open source tools or do you have budget to pay for a commercial tool?
In the past, I've used apache bench (ab on the LTM command line) and shell scripts with curl to do load testing with no license costs. At one company we bought Paessler's Web Stress Tool. It was cheap and provided reasonable functionality and testing capacity. Customers with more money have used Spirent's Avalanche and LoadRunner.
Most often, I use another LTM with ab or curl as a client. You could use the standby unit if you have a redundant pair. This way, you don't need another Linux host and you don't add load to the LTM that's passing the traffic.