F5 Question of the Week 2

Question: Networks Heaven has licensed its BIG-IP LTM product. The BIG-IP system LTM module needs to be provisioned before it is configured to load balance the traffic over web servers. What is the purpose of Provisioning?


A.  Provisioning allows modules that are not licensed to be fully tested.

B.  Provisioning allows the administrator to see what modules are licensed, but no user action is ever required.

C. Provisioning allows the administrator to activate modules in non-standard combinations.

D. Provisioning allows modules that are licensed be granted appropriate resource levels.

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D. Provisioning allows modules that are licensed be granted appropriate resource levels.

There are several steps that you must perform when setting up a BIG-IP system for the first time. These steps are similar across all BIG-IP platforms and all modules, and most be performed before the system can be configured to process application traffic. At a high level, the steps are as follows:

1) Configure the management interface to provide administrator access to the BIG-IP system (other than via the console).
2) Activate the BIG-IP system by licensing, provisioning, and installing a device certificate.
3) Configure platform-specific information such as the host name, VLANs, self IPs, and high availability information.

You can perform these steps using either the CLI or the GUI or a combination of both. To configure the management Port, you can also use the LCD panel.

Your license determines which software modules you may run on your BIG-IP system. Any licensed module can be run assuming there are available resources.

The process of allocating resources – CPU, memory, and disk space – to licensed software modules is called provisioning, and gives you some control over the way the BIG-IP system will allocate available resources to each.

Unlicensed modules can be provisioned, but their functionality is not active. Limited modules can be provisioned but have functional thresholds including limits on traffic volume or number of Users.