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Practical Protocol Primer: How an app proxy works with HTTP

The introduction of containers and clustering, with its self-contained ecosystem of load balancers, ingress controllers, and proxies can be confusing. That’s because they insert themselves into a well-understood, connection-oriented flow (TCP)... Read more
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Onboarding F5 in Cloud Part 2 - Service Discovery

Another critical component of the auto scaled or dynamic environment is service discovery. As instances or pool members are now more ephemeral, it becomes absolutely required to automate. The task is really quite simple, you need to use the... Read more
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I’ve Successfully Failed the F5 Certification 201-TMOS Administration Exam

Yup, you read that right. I did not pass the F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator test I took while at F5 Agility 2017. And I’m not ashamed since it was a challenging test and I will be trying again. Sure, I went through Eric Mitchell’s (F5er)... Read more
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Onboarding F5 in Cloud Part 1 - Startup Scripts

In a previous article we discussed how we leveraged "user data" and cloud-init to pass startup scripts to BIG-IPs in AWS. Now that v13 is here, lets take this multi-cloud! Read more
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BIG-IP APM with Horizon 7.x HTML5 gets a Hotfix For Updated Code

Provide a Technical update on some new hotfixes that were rolled out to resolve some issues with HTML5 connectivity with Horizon 7.1 and 7.2 with APM. Read more
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Office 365 Logon Enhancement – Username Capture

With the new Office 365 sign-in experience you can capture the username entered at the O365 login page so users don't need to enter it twice! Read more
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Lightboard Lessons: F5 BIG-IP DNS (GTM) iQuery Protocol Overview

In this episode of Lightboard Lessons, I introduce iQuery, the F5 proprietary protocol utilized by BIG-IP DNS to exchange system configuration with other BIG-IP DNS systems and performance metrics with all other BIG-IP systems configured to do... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
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Create a BIG-IP HA Pair in Azure

Use an Azure ARM template to create a high availability (active-standby) pair of BIG-IP VE instances in Microsoft Azure. When one BIG-IP VE goes standby, the other becomes active, the virtual server address is reassigned from one external NIC to... Read more
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Lightboard Lessons: BIG-IP Cookie Persistence Values

Learn how the BIG-IP calculates cookie persistence values! Read more
Average Rating: 4.5
3 Reviews

Continuously Improving as Super-NetOps

We play games in order to 'come up against ourselves' in the presence of others. No amount of googling has helped me identify its source, but this statement is peppered across a lot of... Read more
Average Rating: 4.8
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DevCentral’s Featured Member for August – Piotr Lewandowski

Piotr Lewandowski has been working in IT for well over 20 years – and not really conscious decision to go this way – just blind luck. He started in the era without Internet…yes, not so long ago it was possible to live without Internet J…and IBM... Read more
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TurboFlex, Application Delivery, and Tires: What's the Common Thread? (Tread?)

A brief history F5's involvement with ASICs and FPGAs and how TurboFlex makes optimizing for applications fast and simple. Read more
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Getting Started with the f5-common-python SDK

In this article, I’ll cover the basics of installing the f5-common-python SDK and show how to utilize the core functionality. Read more
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Lightboard Lessons: What is BIG-IP APM?

In this Lightboard, I light up some lessons on BIG-IP Access Policy Manager. BIG-IP APM provides granular access controls to discreet applications and networks supporting 2FA and federated identity management. You can also check out Chase's... Read more
Average Rating: 4.8
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Creating a Secure AWS S3 Proxy with F5 iRulesLX

The article provides a solution of creating a secure proxy to AWS S3 using the AWS SDK and F5 iRulesLX Read more
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Zero to F5-CTS LTM Certified!

It’s been nearly a year since the DevCentral team wrestled the 101 exam to the mat at Agility 2016. This last week, I finished the road to the F5 Certified Technology Specialist Local Traffic Manager (F5-CTS LTM) certification, with a passing... Read more
Average Rating: 4.8
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BIG-IP Upgrades Part 4 - Performing the Software Installation

On a Big-IP in the Standby state (if there are more than one Big-IP in the device group), perform the following:Note: Verify the device is still in the Standby state and not Offline (unless purposely) or Active. Log in to the Configuration... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
4 Reviews

Lightboard Lessons: Attack Mitigation with F5 Silverline

In this Lightboard Lesson, I describe how F5 Silverline Cloud-based Platform can help mitigate DDoS and other application attacks both on-prem and in the cloud with the Hybrid Signaling iApp. Learn how both on-premises and the cloud can work... Read more
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BIG-IP Upgrades Part 3 - Versions, Misconceptions and a Back-Out Plan

To What Big-IP Versions Can I Upgrade? Big-IP 10.x can be upgraded to any version of 11.x given your hardware supports the new version. Big-IP 11.x can be upgraded to any version of 12.x given your hardware supports the new version. You canno... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
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What is Transport Layer Security?

Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a protocol that provides privacy and data integrity between two communicating applications. TLS defines the exact methods, actions, etc each communicating device must use to achieve secure communications. Read more
Average Rating: 4.8
6 Reviews

BIG-IP Upgrades Part 2 - Upgrade Behavior

How Big-IP Upgrades Work Software images can be installed to any software volume except the running volume. This behavior ensures the running software volume is available should a need arise to revert to the prior Big-IP version and... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
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BIG-IP Upgrades Part 1 - Preparation

The information is this series is meant to help a Big-IP administrator complete a software upgrade. I have assisted with hundreds of Big-IP upgrades and hope to help you complete the task as smoothly as possible. Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
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What are F5 Access and BIG-IP Edge Clients?

F5 Access and BIG-IP Edge are VPN clients that connect to APM access policies for L3 network connectivity. Read more
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Realizing value from a WAF in front of your application- Part 2

Part 2 in the series of Realizing value from a WAF. In this article, learn how BIG-IP ASM can block 0-day attacks. Read more
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What is iCall?

TL;DR - iCall is BIG-IP’s event-based granular control-plane automation system that enables comprehensive control over configuration and other system settings and objects. Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
4 Reviews