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article March 26, 2014 by Colin Walker
The goal of iControl REST 101 has been to get you up to speed on the killer new way that you can manage your BIG-IP. So far we’ve covered most of the basics. Whether you’re just trying to figure out how to connect to the device or list objects, or wanting to create or modify a particular piece of your config, we’ve covered it. This means that, if you’ve been following along, you’re now able to list, add, modify and manage nearly any object on your F5 devices with iC...
articleirulesmanagementdeployment March 24, 2014 by Colin Walker
 What could you do with your code in 20 Lines or Less? That's the question I like to ask for the DevCentral community (you know, periodically, sometimes, when Endor aligns with Hoth and there is an eclipse), and every time I go looking to find cool new examples that show just how flexible and powerful iRules can be without getting in over your head. This installment is no different, in all the right ways. We’re touching on some concepts that we’ve seen before over the years, but they’re def...
Come with me, dear reader, on a journey. An odyssey wrought with perils and conquest, valor, victory and venerable voracity. Or, you know, some really cool technology and geeky stuff, at least. This voyage will take you through the twists and turns of my unpredictable mind as I lay out the core pieces of what allows F5 to do what F5 does. That is, to oversee, manage and influence application traffic in a way that few others can muster. This isn't just happenstance. A lot of thought and effort go...
articledevelopmenticontrolrest March 13, 2014 by Colin Walker
So far in this series we’ve shown you how to connect to iControl REST via cURL, how to list objects on the device (which is probably the most used command for most APIs, including ours), and how to add objects. So you’re currently able to get a system up and running and configure new services on your BIG-IP. What if, however, you want to modify things that are already running? For that, you need a modify command. Enter PUT. Remember that in REST based architectures the API is a...
Whether you were traveling to RSA or elsewhere last week, heads down in a stack of projects a mile high, or just didn’t have the time to dig through the virtual onslaught of information bouncing around … I’ve got your back. There has been an uptick in hawesome at DC Central Headquarters. New bloggers, videos, articles, and frankly far too many things for even me to list, and we all know I’m about as overly circumlocutory as it gets. Also I like $5 words, even when they’re not necessitous. Buckle...
If you’ve been following along so far you’ve gotten an idea about what iControl REST is all about, seen how to get up and running so you can send commands via cURL to the API, parsed some responses, and even got a peek at viewing some useful Virtual Server data. If you haven’t been keeping up, I recommend checking out the first two parts of the series so you’re caught up.   iControl REST 101 – What is iControl REST? iControl REST 101 – Getting Started   Now that we’ve figured out how t...
So you’ve heard of this iControl REST thing, have you? You’re excited at the idea of a simple, light weight API that allows you programmatic access via tried and true tmsh commands with which you may already be familiar? Whether it was in the earlier iControl REST 101 article or elsewhere, your interest is piqued and you’re now looking to start digging in. Excellent, let’s get started.   Links of Interest First you’ll want to save a couple of very handy links. These are sure to aid you in a...
I come to you heavily laden with programmatic gifts, software defined goodies and web based subsidies. I know, that last one is weird, right? Subsidies on the web? Oh yes, it’s a thing, trust me. This week the Top5 is packed with tasty goodness that will get you thinking about the many ways that apps and application development are, or are about to be, driving not only your users’ experience, but your network as well. For those of you that are already in that head space and comfortable with such...
articletmshicontrolrest February 03, 2014 by Colin Walker
Have you heard of iControl? That’s important, so we should start there.   iControl Background iControl is F5’s API that allows for programmatic access to pretty much every system that F5 has put out for quite some time now. This API is based on SOAP/XML. It is robust, granular, and allows a huge range of functionality. Whether you’re looking to tweak a feature buried under 4 sub menus or spin up 1,000 new pool members, iControl is up to the task. Anything you can ...
New year. New calendar. New resolutions and all that. Same ole’ Top5. Here’s hoping that that’s a good thing, though! Ringing in the new year, this Top5 brings you more goodness from DevCentral ranging from some DNS-y fun to the sad story of a tragic break-up. Drama, intrigue and technology…what’s not to love? If you’ve been browsing the glorious halls of DevCentral you may have be keen on what’s going on, assuming you can keep up. If not, however, here’s your chance to get a concentrated dose o...
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