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Introduction to F5 Common Controller Core Library (CCCL)

A common problem that F5 deals with for Cloud Native Applications (CNA) is how to add and remove pool members and create virtual servers on an F5 BIG-IP. It doesn’t sound like a particularly hard problem to solve, but with a growing ecosystem this... Read more
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Post of the Week: iControl REST Subcollections & ZoneRunner Options

In this episode of Post of the Week, Jason addresses a couple iControl REST issues that come up in Q&A often: confusion over how to handle objects that are not sub-collections, and options for working around the lack of F5 DNS cli for... Read more
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Getting started with the python SDK part 2: unnamed resources and commands

In the first article in this series we looked at the sdk installation steps, nomenclature, and basic BIG-IP instantiation. In this article, we’ll focus on unnamed resources and commands. Working with Unnamed Resources Unlike named resources like... Read more
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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
5 Reviews

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
Average Rating: 4.9
3 Reviews

F5 BIG-IP + Cisco Tetration: Application Centric Visibility

F5 BIG-IP provides Cisco Tetration L4-L7 insight with the integration of Tetration Open API. Read more
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The Deployment Model for Cloud/Automated Systems Architectures

RecapPrevious Article: The Service Model for Cloud/Automated Systems ArchitecturesLast time, we covered our Service Model. We'll continue this week by coveringthe Deployment Model. Before we dive into the details lets take a look at a... Read more
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The Service Model for Cloud/Automated Systems Architectures

Recap Previous Article: Cloud/Automated Systems need an Architecture In the last article we spent some time laying the foundation of an Architecture for Cloud and Automated Systems. In that article we discussed that our Architecture consisted of... Read more
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Flashback Friday: The Death of SOA Has (Still) Been Greatly Exaggerated

Late in 2008, I posited that the death of SOA had been greatly exaggerated. A few months later we pointed out that Anne Thomas Manes of the Burton Group declared SOA officially dead on January 1, 2009, but maintains that "although the word... Read more
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Cloud/Automated Systems need an Architecture

Architecture. The physical world we inhabit is built on it, literally and for years I’ve been trying to pin down what ‘Cloud’ is. Read more
Average Rating: 4.5
5 Reviews

F5 and Ansible Integration webinar

Register for the F5 and Ansible joint webinar on Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT. In this webinar, you will learn everything you will need, to get started on using Ansible modules to deploy secure applications on the F5 BIG-IP. We will follow up with the Ansible F5-modules that are being developed Read more
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Creating FQDN Nodes via iControl REST

A question came up in Q&A concerning the iControl REST interface. When the requestor is using python, I try to point them to the f5-common-python sdk that has been available for nearly a year now. It is under constant development and we try to... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
3 Reviews

iControl REST Cookbook - Virtual Server

Cheat sheet for the virtual server related iControl REST requests. Read more
Average Rating: 4.7
4 Reviews

F5 LBaaS v2 now certified with Mirantis v9 Mitaka.

F5 LBaaS v2 is now certified with the Mirantis Version 9 Mitaka OpenStack distribution. I want to thank my colleague, Ulises Alonso Camaro, for his efforts in performing the certification tests, creating the demo environment, and writing the... Read more
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Using RBAC With iControlREST on BIG-IP

BIG-IP is able to use built-in Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) functionality. The operator function will be used in this example. This article gives some guidance on how you can use such a role in combination with a role of operator. Read more
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Extending the capabilites of the F5 vRealize Orchestrator Plug-in

Blue Medora in partnership with F5 Networks developed a vRealize Orchestrator plug-in.  This plug-in allows you to automate and orchestrate many of the operations on a F5 BIG-IP.   As part of the plug-in we have included over 50... Read more
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Get Your Git Tips Right Here!

Yes, baseball season is winding down, but I’m always nostalgic for an evening with 45000 of my closest friends at Busch Stadium here in St Louis. But enough about baseball-I’m not here to offer you overpriced ballpark food and beverages, but... Read more
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Contributing to Github Projects

A few months ago F5 released a python-based SDK for the iControl REST interface. I have mostly used iControl REST by building my own functions for working with the BIG-IP and including along with the core logic of my particular task. But the SDK... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
6 Reviews

Evolving Programmability with Pivotal Cloud Foundry

Network automation is critical to provide; repeatability, reducing deployment time, security, and cloud enabled services. Achieving the nirvana of an automated app deployment can be broken into several phases... Read more
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The Source of Truthiness - your journey towards operational efficiency

Many of our NetOps friends are under pressure from leadership to become more efficient and integrate with continuous deployment orchestration tools. While most can see the business benefits, and fully understand the drive towards programmable... Read more
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Lightboard Lessons: Automating SSL on BIG-IP with Let's Encrypt!

In this episode of Lightboard Lessons, I describe the Let's Encrypt automated certificate generation process and how to customize a hook script to automate the challenges and and certificate deployment. What is Let's Encrypt? Let’s... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
3 Reviews

Demystifying iControl REST Part 7 - Understanding Transactions

iControl REST. It’s iControl SOAP’s baby, brother, introduced back in TMOS version 11.4 as an early access feature but released fully in version 11.5. Several articles on basic usage have been written about the rest interface so the intent here... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
4 Reviews

iWorkflow 201 (episode #03) - Calling REST from scripting languages (Javascript and Python)

NOTE: there’s a video at the end if you don’t want to read this! Thus far, we’ve had a lot of focus on POSTMAN collections. For those who haven’t been following the series, POSTMAN is a great REST client that we’ve been using to demonstrate the F5... Read more
Average Rating: 4.5
3 Reviews

Programmable Infrastructure at F5's Agility conference

Last week (August 1st - 4th) took us to Chicago for F5's annual customer and partner conference, F5 Agility. This year saw a significant increase in coverage of programmability and orchestration (P&O) than in previous years. This was... Read more
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