Launch and initial configuration

The instructions are slightly incorrect.  You’ll want to ssh as ‘admin’ (not root or ec2-user)

$ ssh -i mykey.pem admin@10.10.10.111

Then use these TMOS commands to set and save a password for the admin user:

(tmos)# modify auth user admin prompt-for-password
(tmos)# save sys config

Login to the GUI as admin with the new password to do licensing and initial configuration.

Interfaces, Self IPs, and VLANs

While F5 guides list a variety of interface configurations, my advice is use 3

  1. eth0: mgmt – Used for SSH, HTTPS, and SNMP polling access
  2. eth1: interface 1.1: vlan “external” in a public subnet – For talking to Internet
  3. eth2: interface 1.2: vlan “internal” in a private subnet – For talking to internal resources and HA

Routing

The default route should of course be via the external interface’s gateway.  Any private IP address spaces (10.0.0.0/8, etc) can be routed via the internal interface’s gateway

If doing an HA pair across multiple availability zones, items with unique IP addresses such as routes, virtual servers, and perhaps pools/nodes will need to go in a separate non-synchronized partition.

  1. To go System -> Users -> Partition list
  2. Create a new partition with a good name (i.e. “LOCAL_ONLY”)
  3. Uncheck the Device Group and set the Traffic Group to “traffic-group-local-only”

 

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