This article will make use of F5 cloud templates on GitHub to modify the BIG-IP versions for your public cloud deployments in Google. This is part of an article series, so please review the “Concepts” as well as other articles within the series.
This section will show you how to modify the BIG-IP version in Google deployments. The template deployment service in Google is called Google Deployment Manager.
There are a few methods I tested, and I’ll do a “How To” for each. Check the Appendix for additional examples.
This option lets you use templates without modification of code. Each release corresponds to a certain BIG-IP version (see Google GDM Template Matrix), and the template is hard coded with the selection of one BIG-IP version in Google F5 cloud templates. The latest template will deploy BIG-IP version 126.96.36.199 by default. You can change the BIG-IP version by supplying a different Google image in the imageName parameter. Here is an example to deploy BIG-IP version 188.8.131.52.
Search for Google images via gcloud CLI:
#Example image search and results gcloud compute images list --project=f5-7626-networks-public | grep f5 #Output similar to this... --snippet-- f5-bigip-13-1-3-2-0-0-4-payg-best-1gbps-20191105210022 f5-bigip-13-1-3-2-0-0-4-payg-best-200mbps-20191105210022 f5-bigip-13-1-3-2-0-0-4-byol-all-modules-2slot-20191105200157 ...and some more f5-bigip-14-1-2-3-0-0-5-byol-ltm-1boot-loc-191218142225 f5-bigip-14-1-2-3-0-0-5-payg-best-1gbps-191218142340 ...and more...
Deploy BIG-IP with custom image ID:
#Example deploy using Google gcloud gcloud deployment-manager deployments create my-f5-14-1-2 --config f5-existing-stack-payg-3nic-bigip.yaml
Easy right? Try another AMI ID search and launch the template again to get a v13.x, v14.x, or v15.x BIG-IP.
If you don’t mind a previous template release (less fixes/features), AND you still don’t want to tweak template code, AND you still need a different BIG-IP version, AND the BIG-IP version is listed in the matrix then keep reading! Here is an example to deploy BIG-IP version 184.108.40.206.
Find a previous template release to deploy BIG-IP version you desire:
Deploy BIG-IP with previous template release:
#Example deploy using Google gcloud gcloud deployment-manager deployments create my-f5-13-1-1 --config f5-existing-stack-payg-3nic-bigip.yaml
OK...we made it this far, but you still don’t see the BIG-IP version you need. Keep reading! In the next section, we’ll tweak some templates!
This section is reserved for future use in situations where templates need to be modified in order to select a preferred BIG-IP version from public marketplace. In my testing, I have not yet found a scenario where a template edit is required. Therefore, this section is a place holder for potential future template hacks!
Note: Review the knowledge article F5 support for GitHub software for any questions pertaining to support of templates and modified templates.
The final Google option allows you to upload or create your own BIG-IP images and reference those images in F5 cloud template deployments. There is an existing how-to doc on the F5 Image Generator GitHub for GCE repository explaining how to create a BIG-IP image for your Google environment. I’ll walk through the high-level steps of the article below. Then we'll review the deploy steps.
Note: Custom images only allow BYOL licensing.
Note: Review the knowledge article F5 support for GitHub software for any questions pertaining to support of templates and modified templates
Upload/Create Custom Image:
#Example image creation ./build-image -i BIGIP-220.127.116.11-0.0.6.iso -c config.yml -p gce -m ltm -b 1 #Output similar to this... ... qemu-system installing RTM Image -- start time: 01:58:44 qemu-system installing RTM Image -- elapsed time: 0:08:51 qemu-system performing selinux relabeling -- start time: 02:07:35 qemu-system performing selinux relabeling -- elapsed time: 0:02:10 ... ------======[ Finished disk generation for 'gce' 'ltm' '1' boot-locations. ]======------ Starting prepare cloud image 'f5-bigip-13-1-3-3-0-0-6-byol-ltm-1slot-a83bji8j2'. ... Finished prepare cloud image 'f5-bigip-13-1-3-3-0-0-6-byol-ltm-1slot-a83bji8j2'
Deploy custom BIG-IP image with latest template release:
#Example Edits for Option #4: Edit Latest Template to Use Custom Uploaded Image #original 'sourceImage': ''.join([COMPUTE_URL_BASE, 'projects/f5-7626-networks-public', '/global/images/', context.properties['imageName'], ]) #after edits 'sourceImage': ''.join([COMPUTE_URL_BASE, 'projects/myproject123', '/global/images/', context.properties['imageName'], ])
#Example deploy using Google gcloud gcloud deployment-manager deployments create my-f5-13-1-3 --config f5-existing-stack-byol-3nic-bigip.yaml
That is a wrap! There’s lots of info in this post, and I hope it makes your job easier in deciding what template to choose when deploying various versions of BIG-IP devices in the Google public cloud.