Management Pack for F5 BIG-IP

The Blue Medora VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for F5 BIG-IP is an embedded adapter for vRealize Operations (vROps), collecting performance and capacity data from your F5 BIG-IP environment and providing predictive analytics and real-time information about problems in your infrastructure—all within the vRealize Operations user interface.

Notable Features

The Management Pack for F5 BIG-IP includes the following key features:

  • Aggregated monitoring of BIG-IP to provide one-stop viewing of health and performance from dashboards, views, and alerts across the entire F5 BIG-IP environment
  • Managed relationships to the VMware, Nutanix, and/or KVM virtual layers, which provide visibility into load-balanced applications and host health and performance, allowing for faster identification of root cause issues
  • Visibility into F5 iApps® application service monitoring to provide calculated client and server side network performance
  • Smart alerting for cluster failover, certificate expiration, and BIG-IP LTM component health and other concerns
  • BIG-IP system planning through vRealize Operations Manager capacity definitions and projects around core metrics (CPU, Memory, Disk)

Release Notes

VersionRelease DateDescription 25, 2019

Updated to support vRealize Operations 7.x and 8.x (does not support vRealize Operations 6.x) 10, 2019

This release incorporates a number of bug fixes and optimizations, including:

  • Devices are now related to the device group that they are a part of
  • The SSL certificate expiration alert is now being triggered properly
  • Fixed a few crashes 27, 2018
  • Updated for vROps 6.7 compatibility (For information about general vROps 6.7 impact on our management packs, see our 6.7 Support Knowledge Article.)
  • Changed default metrics shown on dashboards for VMware objects
  • Updated for OSS attribution
  • Incorporated the following changes from previous LA releases:
    • Fixed an issue where certain calls would cause collection to fail on version 13.1 of the API

    • Fixed null pointer exception to allow token auth functionality

    • Addressed a data collection issue

    • Addressed an issue where alerts were not being processed when pool members or pool monitor status went down 19, 2018Added support for TLS 1.1 and 1.2 8, 2017
  • Added support for LDAP Authentication
  • Added GTM Pool and GTM Pool Member resource kinds (and related Metrics (F5 BIG-IP))
  • Implemented new versioning scheme, which removes the "6.x" signifier tied to the minimum supported vROps version. Example:

6.2.10200002November 25, 2016
  • Added Device and Device Group resource kinds
  • Added external relationships to Nutanix and KVM virtual layers
  • Added support for F5 Auditor users
  • Added 2 new True Visibility Suite dashboards: F5 BIG-IP Application to Nutanix and Nutanix VM to F5 BIG-IP Application
6.0.10100019September 27, 2016
  • Added support for True Visibility Suite licensing
  • Update fix for more accurate resource status metrics
6.0.10100017January 14, 2016Enhanced performance of data collection and tuning for handling large-scale F5 deployments
6.0.10100014December 1, 2015Update fix for licensing when running vCMP instances
6.0.10100013September 30, 2015Initial release for vRealize Operations 6.x

Known Issues / Limitations

For this release of the Management Pack for F5 BIG-IP, the following Known Issues/Limitations exist:

  • Monitoring is limited to BIG-IP Devices, Local Traffic Manager (LTM), and select Global Traffic Manager (GTM) resources.
  • New users of the Management Pack may encounter issues with the F5 BIG-IP Health Investigation dashboard populating upon initial install. This is a pre-existing issue that occurs when the VM tag initially creates relationships to VMs. If you encounter this issue, we recommend waiting for the tag to populate, then re-starting your vROps system or re-installing the dashboard.

See also:

System Requirements (F5 BIG-IP)