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The Wave of Change at Tech Events

I attend a lot of technology trade shows throughout the year and still remember going to my first technology event for F5 back in 2004. Small, almost high school science fair type booths handing out glossy flyers of the latest product along with... Read more
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Add Outlook Web Access Login Options to the APM Logon Page

Outlook Web Access is the web interface to the Microsoft Exchange environment, and many customers have secured the portal behind their BIG-IP APM architecture. In looking at the OWA logon page, however, you'll notice that there are a couple... Read more
Average Rating: 4.8
6 Reviews

Health Monitors for Exchange 2010

I was recently asked to develop health monitors on my 10.2.4HF3 LTMs for our Exchange 2010 environment. Two of the three monitors were a bit challenging, so I wanted to share what I developed.  The monitors have been sanitized to protect our... Read more
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Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate the F5 Networks BIG-IP Load Balancer for SharePoint Server 2010

**Many thanks to F5's Helen Johnson  and Microsoft engineers Joe Davies and Craig Schwandt for putting this guide together!** Introduction Applications running across networks encounter a wide range of performance, security, and... Read more
Average Rating: 2.9
5 Reviews

v11: RDP Access via BIG-IP APM–Part 1

I wrote an article several months back on auto-launching Remote Desktop sessions with APM.  With the introduction of BIG-IP APM v11, there is a new built-in capability to support a full webtop.  This means that server, desktop, or othe... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
5 Reviews

BIG-IP CPU Visualization with the Google Visualization API

In previous articles, we have explored using the Google Chart APIs to integrate static charts and graphs with iControl and iRules to build monitoring applications. Creating An iControl PowerShell Monitoring Dashboard with Google Charts ... Read more
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Exporting LTM Configuration Into XML

A question came up on an internal mailing list regarding getting the configuration off of the LTM into a format that can be parsed by an external tool.  In this case, the request was for an XML format of the BIG-IP configuration.  With... Read more
1 Review

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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BIG-IP Logging and Reporting Toolkit - part one

Joe Malek, one of the many awesome engineers here at F5, took it upon himself to delve deeply into a very interesting but often unsung part of the BIG-IP advanced configuration world: logging and reporting. It’s my great pleasure to get to share... Read more
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v10.1 - BIG-IP and Microsoft DirectAccess

For the enterprise user, Windows 7 adds a slew of new features in it's Enterprise edition including BranchCache, Federated Search, AppLocker, BitLocker, as well as the focus of this article: DirectAccess. So What Is DirectAccess? ... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
3 Reviews

F5 PRO-Enabled Management Pack Configurability

The F5 PRO-Enabled Management Pack is configurable in several ways and allows for many different customized monitoring scenarios. This article will describe how to configure the pack to match your organization’s needs. The general configurability... Read more
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Authoring an F5 Management Pack PowerShell Agent Task in SCOM 2007 R2

1. Overview This article describes a step-by-step procedure on authoring a custom PowerShell agent task targeting the F5 Management Pack in System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007 R2. I will use the Authoring Console shipped with the System... 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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Exchange Persistence Duality and iRules

Whether you're in the IT industry or just using IT in whatever industry you're in, chances are good that most people are using email in the workplace to some extent. Those of us in the IT field rely on it as a mission critical tool that we... Read more
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Creating An iControl PowerShell Monitoring Dashboard With Google Charts

PowerShell is a very extensible scripting language and the fact that it integrates so nicely with iControl means you can do all sorts of fun things with it.  In this tech tip, I'll illustrate how to use just a couple of iControl method... Read more
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iControl Apps - #14 - Global Statistics

Continuing on with my series of applications on system level statistics, this application will look into the insides of the global system level statistics for the device.  The global statistics contain information on Auth, Bytes, Connections,... Read more
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iControl Apps - #12 - Global SSL Statistics

Continuing on with my series of applications on system level statistics, this application will look into the insides of the SSL subsystem and dump out the available statistics for client and server based SSL processing. Usage The arguments for... Read more
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iControl Apps - #11 - Global GTM Statistics

Continuing on with my series of applications on system level statistics, this application will look into the insides of the GTM processes on the system and dump out the available statistics exposed in the... Read more
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iControl Apps - #10 - Bigpipe List

A question came across the forums a while ago around how to get a human readable version of the configuration on the BIG-IP LTM from the iControl APIs.  This question comes up in one form or another every so often so I figured it would be... Read more
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iControl Apps - #09 - TMM Statistics

iControl Apps - TMM Statistics Continuing on with my series of applications on system level statistics, this application will look into the insides of the TMOS processes on the system and dump out the available statistics exposed in the... Read more
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iControl Apps - #08 - System IP Statistics

A question came across recently about how to query aggregate IP based statistics for the entire BIG-IP.  My previous tech tip covered reporting on System HTTP statistics so I thought this was a great chance to continue on that thread with... Read more
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iControl Apps - #07 - System Http Statistics

I was digging through the iControl interfaces the other day and it's still amazing to me, after being around since the beginning of the API, to find new and cool stuff hiding in there.  Today's find was lurking within the... Read more
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iControl Apps - #06 - Configuration Archiving

Let's face it, we like to believe that disaster will never happen, but how many times have you accidentally deleted a document you have been working on for a presentation without a working backup?  Odds are more than once.  If it can... Read more
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