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Chase_Abbott
F5 Employee
F5 Employee

If the article title doesn't have you excited, I don't know what else to do. You know BIG-IQ centralizes management and analytics of BIG-IP and Per-App Virtual Editions across your enterprise. Were you aware that BIG-IQ can run as a License Manager to simplify more complicated subscription and license pool requirements... for free? Subscriptions, RegKey Pools, offline licensing, and all the other customer requirements made licensing a quagmire that BIG-IQ License Manager can help solve. Below you will find several resources to assist configuring BIG-IQ as a License Manager or just simply manage a few licenses.

Configuring BIG-IQ as a License Manager

This video provides a walk through demonstration of setting up BIG-IQ as a License Manager. If you already have BIG-IQ running as a Configuration Manager, you already have this working. I recommend watching this on Youtube directly.

How to Manage Licenses Within BIG-IQ

This video provides a detailed walkthrough example of how to manage subscription licenses within BIG-IQ. I recommend watching this on Youtube directly.


Further Resources:

BIG-IQ Centralized Management: BIG-IP VE Subscriptions - The document you want when configuring BIG-IQ as License Manager or how to manage licenses within BIG-IQ. 
AskF5 K77706009: Using BIG-IQ License Manager to remotely manage BIG-IP Virtual Edition licenses

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MahiSharma_3712
Nimbostratus
Nimbostratus

thank you for good information RRB Bangalore

 

Hi,

 

I know this is not cloud related question but are there any plans to include hardware keys management as well as maybe license contracts management in BIG-IQ?

 

Piotr

 

Chase_Abbott
F5 Employee
F5 Employee

Are you referring to license keys for hardware appliances? If so, it does that and can do that in parallel with other license types.

 

Regarding license contracts, are there specific types of contract licensing you're referring to? BIG-IQ will do subscription and volume key management offline and online (offline you'd pull a subscription report and submit it to F5).

 

I've seen several demos of various license states so I may be able to share some of that up if I know what I'm looking for.

 

Piotr_Lewandow1
Nimbostratus
Nimbostratus

Hi,

 

Seems that I can't post my comment. When trying I am getting message:

 

Content has been identified as spam. If this is not the case, please contact devcentral@.

 

Piotr

 

Great, it's working now 🙂

 

Hi,

 

I was under impression that BIG-IQ can manage Base Registration Key (BRK) only for BIG-IP VE, seems that I am wrong.

 

Where in BIG-IQ I should look to see hardware BRK? Devices > LICENSE MANAGEMENT > Licenses? Then I can use Add Device to add BRK or Add-on? Sure for hardware managing BRK do not make much sense (those are most of the time embedded) but managing Add-ons makes sense.

 

When importing BIG-IP there is little info related to serials or BRK displayed in the GUI (Devices > BIG-IP DEVICES > [device name] > PROPERTIES). Only way I found to see serial and BRK was via Export Inventory.

 

There is as well nothing created in Devices > LICENSE MANAGEMENT > Licenses/Assignments after discovering/importing BIG-IP.

 

Considering license contracts I was not precise. I meant Service Contacts (like L1-L3) for hardware and modules installed. Just to have all related info in one place. Then it would be great to have ability to set alerts informing that such contracts are about to expire.

 

Hope it makes more sense now.

 

If you can provide mentioned links it would be great!

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Piotr

 

Centralised support contract management/reporting would be fantastic. Having License Manager available as a part of the CM module has been a great help keeping track of many licenses as VEs come and go.

 

JC_Ferguson_415
Historic F5 Account

Hi, BIG-IQ only supports BIG-IP VE licensing, there is no support for BIG-IP hardware-based licenses/regkeys at this time.

 

BIG-IQ does not support service contract management at this time.

 

-jc

 

Hi,

 

That was my impression. Thanks for confirmation. Do you know about any plans to implement any of those functionalities?

 

Piotr

 

JC_Ferguson_415
Historic F5 Account

Poitr, I am not aware of any plans at this point. I can check with the product manager and/or ask him to reply.

 

Kyle_Oliver
F5 Employee
F5 Employee

We have the service contract reporting and alerting in our backlog for BIG-IQ, but it is not yet tied to a release. It would likely require that the BIG-IQ has access to pull this data directly (or via a proxy) from F5, to make sure we have the latest data.

 

JC_Ferguson_415
Historic F5 Account

@jennings.harlen - you are quite welcome, come back here with any questions you may have.

 

Hi,

 

@Key - Thanks for info, hope it will be implemented. Not most important feature but sill nice to have.

 

Piotr

 

guidem15_338787
Altostratus
Altostratus

Hello,

 

I'm managing the implemention of an important number of Big-IP VE edition on third party virtualized environment (servers running KVM).

 

I would like to know if there is an automatic way for the Big-IP to request a license within a licensing pool on the Big-iq?

 

Thanks a lot !

 

Kyle_Oliver
F5 Employee
F5 Employee

Currently, BIG-IQ can only push licenses to BIG-IP, there is no way for BIG-IP to pull a license from a BIG-IQ. That being said, a number of customers have automated the push of the license to the BIG-IP after the management address is available.

 

guidem15_338787
Altostratus
Altostratus

Thanks Kyle Oliver. I'm trying to achieve that using the cloud init onboard (usually used for Azure). However if you have some practical examples of what you said, it could help 🙂

 

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