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BIG-IP Configuration Visualizer - iControl Style

I posted almost two years ago to the day on a cool tool called BIG-IP Config Visualizer, or BCV, that one of our field engineers put together that utilizes a BIG-IP config parser and GraphViz to create images visualizing the relationship o... Read more
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Getting Started With Ruby and iControl

Here on DevCentral we’ve released libraries for a number of the big languages from Java and Perl to Powershell. Up until now there has not been much love for Ruby. Well, that’s all about to change: enter the new iControl Ruby Library. This proj... Read more
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Monitor Your iRule Performance with iControl and Google-O-Meter Charts

iRule performance has long been a question our users have asked about.  We get questions all the time about how to determine what impact a specific iRule has on the normal operation of the BIG-IP’s they are running on.  The question is a... Read more
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Java iControl Objects - Networking SelfIP

This is the fifth article in the “Java iControl Objects” series in which I define a set of objects that implement the iControl methods in various iControl interfaces.  The previous articles covered the LocalLB Rule, Pool and PoolMember as... Read more
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iControl 101 - #23 - Module Resource Provisioning

A somewhat unknown feature on the BIG-IP is the ability to override the default resource allocations for core modules on the BIG-IP.  This is available in the product GUI under the System’s “Resource Provisioning menu”.  In this article,... Read more
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Java iControl Objects - System Service

This is the fourth article in the “Java iControl Objects” series in which I define a set of objects that implement the iControl methods in various iControl interfaces.  The previous articles covered the Pool and PoolMember interface. Java... Read more
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iControlsh - An iControl Based Console BIG-IP Shell

I’ve been toying with the idea of building an iControl shell for a long time.  For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, a shell is essentially a fully enclosed application that runs within a console on your computer.  Windows has... Read more
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Java iControl Objects – LTM iRule

This is the third article in the “Java iControl Objects” series in which I define a set of objects that implement the iControl methods in various iControl interfaces.  The previous articles covered the Pool and PoolMember interface. Java... Read more
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HTTP Basic Access Authentication iRule Style

I started working on an administrator control panel for my previous Small URL Generator Tech Tip (part 1 and part 2) and realized that we probably didn’t want to make our Small URL statistics and controls viewable by everyone. That led me to make... Read more
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Java iControl Objects - LTM Pool Member

This is the second article in the “Java iControl Objects” series in which I define a set of software objects that implement the iControl methods in various iControl interfaces.  In my last article, I defined the LocalLB Pool class where you... Read more
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Java iControl Objects - LTM Pool

The first comment I usually get when developers look at the iControl API has something to do with it’s “flat” nature.  Developers are used to working with “objects”.  They create an instance of an object and then get and set attributes... Read more
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Getting Started With iControl And Java – Setting Up Eclipse

This is the first article in a series focused on developing iControl applications with the Java language.  I’ve picked Eclipse development platform for this set of platforms.  The goal here is to give you the directions and tools yo... Read more
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BIG-IP Logging and Reporting Toolkit – part four

So far we’ve covered the initial problem, the players involved and one in-depth analysis of one of the options (splunk). Next let’s dig into Q1labs’ Qradar offering.  The first thing you’ll need to do, just like last time, is make sure you... Read more
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iControl Development with BIG-IP LTM VE – Part 1

Introduction The LTM VE is a lifesaver when it comes to developing applications that use the iControl interface, or for development of iRules. My main (personal) use of it so far is the development of applications that use the iControl interface... Read more
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New Geolocation Capabilities in v10.1

With the BIG-IP GTM and 3-DNS products, location-based service has existed in the form of topology-based load balancing.  The possibilities grow exponentially in v10.1, as you now have the capabilities in GTM and LTM.  In this tech tip... Read more
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iControl Apps #22 - System Software Status

Through the iControl interfaces, we've exposed many of the features on the BIG-IP.  In this example, I'll illustrate the new System Software Status method in version BIG-IP version 10.1.  This information can be found on the... Read more
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v10.1 - Configuring GTM's DNS Security Extensions

Security extensions were added to the DNS protocol as a means of countering malicious attacks such as cache poisoning, domain hijacking, and man-in-the-middle attacks.  The extensions are described in detail in RFC 4033 (Introduction an... Read more
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iControl Apps - #20 - Server Control

The issue of server state continues to come up in the DevCentral iControl forums so I figured I'd write an application that illustrates how to get and set the state of a server object and in doing so show how the iControl API methods map to... Read more
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iControl Apps - #19 - Pool Membership Reverse Lookup

SyntaxHighlighter.all();Pool's are collections of pool members which are IP address and ports for a specific back end application server.  Currently through the iControl API there is no direct way to do a reverse lookup of which pools a... Read more
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iControl Apps - #18 - Virtual Server Reverse Lookup

Virtual Servers are accessed by user friendly name. In some cases you will want to know which Virtual Servers are using a given address. This script takes as input a wildcard spec for the address:port of a virtual server and lists the address:port... Read more
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v.10 - What’s new in the LocalLB iControl interface.

There are quite a few new Profile settings in the LocalLB interface, I’m here putting all the different documentary evidence together for you so that you have an idea of how and when to use them. Verified Accept and Packet Loss settings are the... Read more
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v.10 – New System Module iControl APIs

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style... Read more
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iControl 101 - #22 - GTM Data Centers

The components that make up the BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager can be divided into two categories: logical and physical components.  Logical Components are abstractions of network resources, such as virtual servers.  Physical components,... Read more
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iControl 101 - #21 - Rate Classes

The BIG-IP local traffic management system includes a feature called rate shaping which allows you to enforce a throughput policy on incoming traffic.  Throughput policies are useful for prioritizing and restricting bandwidth on selected... Read more
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iControl 101 - #20 - Port Lockdown

A Self IP address is an IP address that you associate with a VLAN, to access hosts in that VLAN. By virtue of its netmask, a self IP address represents an address space, that is, a range of IP addresses spanning the hosts in the VLAN, rather than... Read more
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