Whether you're looking for the best bits of v10 coverage or how you can make SAP and your F5 devices work together, this week's Top5 has what you need. The v10 content just keeps on coming, with some great additions this week. It's been a busy week and there are also some excellent non-v10 specific things that warrant highlighting, so you'll get a mix of both this week. Getting right to it, here's this week's Top5:

 

F5 and SAP Integration - Auto configuration and monitoring under BIG-IP v10

http://devcentral.f5.com/weblogs/nojan/archive/2009/04/17/f5-and-sap-integration---auto-configuration-and-monitoring-under.aspx

A welcome post by Nojan gets the ball rolling this week with a great highlight of SAP and F5 working together. This is an integration that's worth noting, as it can likely provide some insight and help on making the heavy lifting required to configure and maintain an SAP portal within your network a breeze. Nojan goes through to highlight a few different ways in which we can, or will soon be able to, help manage your SAP installation, namely: detection, configuration, and monitoring. This one almost hit my marketing filter at first glance, but there's some very decent info in there and interesting screenshots to clarify things even further. Nojan knows his stuff, so take a look to get the details.

 

v.10 - Working the GTM Command Line Interface

http://devcentral.f5.com/Default.aspx?tabid=63&articleType=ArticleView&articleId=356

In the straight-forward, geek talking to geeks style that I've come to know and love from Jason, this article works through configuring some GTM objects via tmsh. He's got some pretty extensive experience dealing with GTM, and it's great to hear about his impressions on this stuff as an authority, and a true techie. He's got graphs, stats dumps, iRules code and command line sequences all in one post..that can never be a bad thing. There's plenty of info here to help get you up to speed quickly with tmsh in your GTM environment, and Jason's style is as effective as always at putting it out there. If you get gleeful for geekery, check this one out for sure.

 

v.10 - BIG-IP UI Walkthrough

http://devcentral.f5.com/Default.aspx?tabid=63&articleType=ArticleView&articleId=357

Joe's taken on the task of walking us through the features of the new dashboard available in v10. He's put together an easy to consume video that shows you what you'll find in this cool new feature in the GUI. The graphs that you've come to expect are still there, but this new set of info gives you a different way to look at what your system is, and has been, doing. From cpu usage to the number of connections, you can watch the real-time charts update as things fluctuate, which can be quite handy for testing or monitoring real-time changes in your app's performance after a roll-out or the like. I had heard about this but hadn't really seen it yet, so this one caught my attention.

 

What's new in the LocalLB iControl interface

http://devcentral.f5.com/Default.aspx?tabid=63&articleType=ArticleView&articleId=355

For all of you iControl lovers out there, Don digs into the new methods available to you in the new LocalLB interface. There are several of them from "set_packet_loss_ignore_rate" to "set_security_enabled_request_state" that offer you all sorts of new options to allow for even more iControl coding goodness. If you've been waiting for new and improved ways to integrate your application with your BIG-IP, then this one is for you. Even if you're still debating the iControl coding route, I'd recommend checking this one out as, to me at least, it's always cool to see what new tools we have available to us.

It's like load balancing. On steroids.

http://devcentral.f5.com/weblogs/macvittie/archive/2009/04/20/itrsquos-like-load-balancing.-on-steroids.aspx

Choosing just one of Lori's blog posts for the Top5 is proving to be a more and more arduous task. This week, her 'roids titled article really stands out in my mind as one that deserves calling out. This post breaks down just what Application Delivery is, which is something that many people still have a hard time fully comprehending. These aren't just load balancers with some fancy marketing around them, these are seriously power-packed systems that perform a huge array of tasks with some highly focused intelligence and a stance leaning towards integration and ease of use and management. The chances that you'll need all of the functions available from the get go are slim, but most people I've seen quickly find out just how much better life can be with an ADC in the mix. Lori explains, in her ever entertaining and readable style, just what these things can do, as well as why you just might need one yourself.

 

Thanks for tuning in to the Top5 this week. Shoot me your feedback and/or suggestions if you've got them. I'll be back with five more next week.

#Colin