• BIGIP F5 — Configuring the F5 AOM (Always On Management) interface

    The F5’s AOM (Always On Management) interface module is one of the fundamental administrative features offered by BIGIP appliances. If you are familiar with System or Blade management devices, it is the similar to ILO (Integrated Lights Out), with a few extra features. One of the features that I like about the AOM is its integrated menu that can be called up in the console at anytime by pressing ( This is helpful in situations where a bad image or upgrade has corrupted the base OS, making it difficult to reboot the appliance via the CLI.

    SSH to the F5 Appliance and get onto the AOM adapter:

    SSH to your F5 Appliance using an username with TMSH access and gain bash access by running…

    user@(ltm01)(cfg-sync In Sync)(Active)(/Common)(tmos)# run /util bash

    Under bash, SSH to the AOM adapter

    [user@ltm01:Active:IN Sync] ~ # ssh aom

    You are now connected to the AOM adapter. Now we need to configure the adapter:

    root@ltm01:~# netconfig
    AOM Linux Management Network Configuration
    Use DHCP for ipv4?                      no
    Host name(optional):                    ltm01-aom
    IPv4 or IPv6 address (required):
    Network mask (required):      
    Broadcast IP address (optional:
    Default gatewahy IP address (optional):
    Nameserver IP address (optional):

    NOTICE: We needed to connect to the AOM adapter via ssh aom because no IP was set. Now you can SSH directly to the IP we just assigned the AOM module!!
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