F5 BIG-IP Virtual LTM

A few weeks ago, a co-worker and I were discussing how “wouldn’t it be cool to just spin up a VM of the LTM, so we could have one for our dev environment?”

So much for coming up with something on our own… F5 has done it themselves and are now offering trials on the website

If you go to F5.com/trial, you’ll see the info.

From their email this morning:

Get Your BIG-IP LTM Virtual Edition Today!

Ever wish you had a some extra F5 BIG-IP LTM gear to test some new idea? Anxious to slay some application bug dragons with iRules but you only have production gear (fully locked down and unavailable, of course) at your disposal? Well, today, F5 announced the perfect solution – the NEW F5 BIG-IP LTM Virtual Edition (VE) Trial. Imagine all of the goodness of an LTM, running in a VM on your local system, just for you to play with and test all kinds of configurations, iRules, iControl automation, and more. To make your time useful, everything you build to test can be easily migrated to standard BIG-IP LTM devices. How cool is that?

As with every new F5 release, the DevCentral Team has created a new topic section specifically dedicated to all things “VE” including new Tech Tips, a great networking options with LTM VE blog post, a 12-minute video tutorial for how to set up your LTM VE, and even a discussion forum to post questions and share ideas with peers. Visit DevCentral throughout the coming days for even more cool stuff about what you can do with this powerful new resource to help you explore the possibilities of BIG-IP LTM.

From the jump:

To access the trial, you’ll need to sign-in or create an F5 account. We’ll send you a registration key which you will use to download the trial. This 90-day license is limited to 1 Mbps throughput.

  • Type 1 Hypervisor (VMware ESX Server v4 and VMware ESXi v4)
    Requires 10GB disk space and at least 1GB memory.
  • Type 2 Hypervisor (VMware Workstation v7)
    Requires 10GB disk space and at least 1GB memory.
    We support Windows XP SP3 and Windows 7 systems and the system requirements recommended by Microsoft for those respective Operating Systems.

I’m pulling it down now, and will try to post some more info soon.  Until then, have at it, and please comment back if you find anything that makes you go “hmmm.”


  • The 90-day key starts upon first activation
  • Doesn’t look like there’s support for Windows Hyper-V virtual instances
  • Fly over here BIG-IP LTM VE: What is it? Where do I start? Why is everyone so excited? to get the rest of the skinny
  • In the Release Notes they say “In the Host Name box, retain or change the host name of the local system.You must enter a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) for the system. You must type letters, numbers, and/or the characters underscore ( _ ), dash ( – ) and period ( . ) You cannot use underscores, or you’ll continue to get “You must use a fully-qualified DNS Name”

5 Responses to “F5 BIG-IP Virtual LTM”

  1. 1 Venkat
    September 13, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I have downloaded 90 days trail LTM VE and i have VM workstation installed but would like to know the procedure to install LTM VE over VM which is running on physical machine.
    Do i need to install OS on VM and then deploy LTM VE?? I am not sure. Wil be thankful if you could help me.


    • 2 MeAndMyBIGIP
      September 13, 2010 at 9:41 am

      You don’t need to install an OS… the downloaded file you should see (mine’s a .VMX for VMWare Workstation), should be able to be loaded directly as an “existing VM”

      You do need to make sure you’ve generated & got a registration key to get it running.

  2. 3 Narendra
    November 26, 2010 at 2:29 am


    I down loaded f5 LTM Virtual file and loaded in Workstation7. It is running but how to configure network interfaces in hosting PC and vmware.

    I have testing network 192.168.1.x and f5 mgmt interface Currrently vmware workstation shows 3 virtual interfaces. One in bridge mode that is for mgmt. remaining two are in host-only mode.

    How can I confiure interfaces?


  3. 4 evan
    February 14, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Can anyone confirm –
    Running the Trial on ubuntu I have to:
    Not use vmware workstation 7 (xp/windows7 only)
    Try ESX4 or ESXi4.1 with vsphere client (if i can get it working on ubuntu)

    Don’t try 10.2.1 cos that will need a ‘valid non trial license key


  4. 5 evan
    February 24, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    for the record I got 10.1.0 working on ubuntu 10.10 workstaion 7

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