F5 Big IP Clusters
By default Virtual Servers on a Big IP load balancer will not be discovered or monitored. All other health characteristics such as CPU, memory, network interface statistics, synchronization status, etc., will be. The reason for this in a cluster setup the backup node in an active/backup cluster does not know the health of the Virtual Servers.
The recommended way to monitor Big IP clusters and have monitoring and alerting on all the Virtual Servers and Virtual Server Pools as well is by means of two separate groups. One group contains all nodes in the cluster and the other contains only the active node by means of using a "Floating IP" address - a type of "Self IP" in F5 nomenclature. A Floating IP always remains with the active node in the cluster. An example customer might have DNS names similar to the following in a cluster setup:
bigip-node1.mycompany bigip-node2.mycompany bip.mycompany.com
In this example, bip.mycompany.com would be the Floating IP and should be added to LogicMonitor as if it were another Big IP device.
We will use two groups in this example, "BigIPs" for all nodes, and "BigIPs Active" for the Floating IP of the active node. The groups will contain:
"BigIPs" bigip-node1.mycompany bigip-node2.mycompany
"BigIPs Active" bip.mycompany.com
After creating and populating the above two groups, the next step is to tag the "BigIPs Active" group with a special system category of "F5Active". To accomplish this:
- Open the "BigIPs Active" group and click the Manage button to open its settings dialog box.
- Scroll down to the Properties area of the dialog box and…
- If the system.categories property is already listed, place your cursor in the corresponding Value field, append the existing value(s) with "F5Active" (separate with comma), and click the Save button.
- If the system.categories property is not listed, click the + icon to add it, type "system.categories" into the Name field and "F5Active" into the Value field, and click the Save button.
- Click the Save button at the very bottom of the dialog box to submit your update.
This "F5Active" tag will cause LogicMonitor to actively discover and start reporting on Virtual Servers and Virtual Server Pools.
Loss of VIP monitoring: Customers have reported that when running Big-IP code 2.4.21-126.96.36.199.0, the snmp collector would not respond to enterprise specific MIBs after a few hours. It appears that the subcollector crashed. Restarting the snmp collector on the Big-IP fixed the issue for only for a short time. Running code 2.4.21-188.8.131.52.0 or later resolved the issue.