We are pleased to announce availability of new lightweight DevOps Libraries designed to simplify automated provisioning, factory resetting, and basic HA clustering of BIG-IPs, both physical and virtual. Delivered as iApps LX RPMs, these libraries enable you to map multiple API calls to a single REST call, thus significantly reducing complexity associated with provisioning, reset, and basic clustering. The RPMs can be installed on BIG-IP without the need for any client-side install.
You can use this DevOps package to setup or reset a BIG-IP. The package can configure the BIG-IP’s hostname, NTP servers and timezone, DNS servers and search domain, and syslog servers. You can setup a new BIG-IP configuration by providing initial values for the managed settings. You can also restore all the properties managed by the DevOps package back to their factory defaults.
Provision BIG-IP device
NTP servers & timezone
Licensing BIG-IP using single registration key, supports BYOL
DNS search domain list
Factory Reset BIG-IP Device
Factory reset via standard iControl REST API
Eliminates all data plane configuration, device trust, and system settings
You can use this package to create a Device Services Clustering (DSC) cluster from two BIG-IPs. The package must be deployed on one of the BIG-IPs that will become a member of the cluster. When you deploy this package, it creates and modifies configuration objects such as VLANs and self-IPs, adds the remote BIG-IP to the trust group of the first BIG-IP and creates a failover group that includes both devices. After the deployment has finished, the cluster is fully operational.
Provision a basic BIG-IP HA pair
2 device Active/Standby cluster
Single default traffic group
Automatic cluster synchronization (CMI)
Creation of vLAN and self-IP for HA sync
Further information is available in the newly available DevOps wiki, which will be expanded as new tools are released.
Note: These tools are are provided via DevCentral as free tools to help you simplify key BIG-IP automation tasks and is not officially supported by F5 or F5 Professional Services. All support questions or comments must be submitted in the article comments below, or addressed in either of the specific library’s comments in the downloads section of the website.