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Interactive iControl with bigsuds

A couple months back we released a new iControl library for python called bigsuds. The introductory article for bigsuds covered some differences/enhancements in syntax between it and pycontrol versions one and two. Last week, I received an updat... Read more
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Getting Started with Bigsuds–a New Python Library for iControl

I imagine the progression for you, the reader, will be something like this in the first six- or seven-hundred milliseconds after reading the title: Oh cool! Wait, what? Don’t we already have like two libraries for python? Really, a third library... Read more
Average Rating: 4.6
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Managing iApp template files with iControl

Templates An iApp is a user-customizable framework for deploying applications. It consists of three components: Templates, Application Services, and Analytics. An iApp Template is where the application is described and the objects (required... Read more
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Controlling a Pool Members Ratio and Priority Group with iControl

A Little Background A question came in through the iControl forums about controlling a pool members ratio and priority programmatically.   The issue really involves how the API’s use multi-dimensional arrays but I thought it would be a... Read more
2 Reviews

v11.1–Add Signatures or Checksums to iRules via an iApp

iApps, introduced in v11, have a primary function in controlling the object creation and management for an application delivered by BIG-IP. As discussed previously, however, anything that can be accomplished in TMSH can be done in an iApp, so wha... Read more
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iControl 101 - #24 - Folders

SyntaxHighlighter.all();Bucket Way back in time (well, not so way back), configuration objects were stored in one location in the configuration.  For the sake of this article, we’ll call this the root “bucket”.  This worked fine for... Read more
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Automating Web App Deployments with Opscode Chef and iControl

Chef is a systems integration framework developed here in Seattle by Opscode. It provides a number of configuration management facilities for deploying systems rapidly and consistently. For instance, if you want 150 web servers configur... Read more
2 Reviews

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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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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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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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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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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