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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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iControl 101 - #19 - Time Conversions

In the iControl API there are several methods that return time values.  Some are in nicely packed structures with the year, month, day, hour, minute, and second extracted for you, but there are other methods that return just a single long... Read more
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iControl 101 - #17 - PortMirror

Port mirroring, also known as Interface mirroring, is a feature that allows you to copy traffic from any port or set of ports to a single, separate port where a sniffing device is attached.  This is commonly used for network appliances that... Read more
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iControl 101 - #16 - SelfIPs

In this article, I will discuss the Networking.SelfIP interface in which you have control over the IP addresses owned by the BIG-IP system that you use to access the internal and external VLANs. Initialization This article uses PowerShell and... Read more
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iControl 101 - #15 - System Services

This installment of iControl 101, I'll focus on the System Service interface where you can have full control of the running state of all the services on the system. Initialization This article uses PowerShell and the iControl Cmdlets for... Read more
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iControl 101 - #14 - License Administration

An important aspect of system management is maintaining the licenses on the devices you are responsible for.  The BIG-IP includes a programmatic interface to allow you to query the current license information and upload and apply new licenses... Read more
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iControl 101 - #13 - Data Groups

Data Groups can be useful when writing iRules.  A data group is simply a group of related elements, such as a set of IP addresses, URI paths, or document extensions. When used in conjuction with the matchclass or findclass commands, you... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
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iControl 101 - #12 - Database Variables

iControl exposes thousands of methods to get and set attributes associated with all of the core object types (Virtuals, Pools, etc).  The API also covers non-core objects such as SNMP and Certificates.  But, there are some settings that... Read more
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iControl 101 - #11 - Performance Graphs

The BIG-IP stores history of certain types of data for reporting purposes.  The Performance item in the Overview tab shows the report graphs for this performance data.  The management GUI gives you the options to customize the graph... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
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iControl 101 - #10 - System Inet

The little-known System Inet interface is used to access internal API functionality that you can use to test name resolutions as well as service mappings and time settings.  This article will discuss the methods in and illustrate some example... Read more
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iControl 101 - #09 - iRules

iRules are the internal scripting language of the BIG-IP and can be used to attain full control of traffic flowing through your network.  But, did you know that you can automate the management of iRules across your Virtual Servers with... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
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iControl 101 - #08 - Partitions

In a previous article, I discussed user management and the concepts of user roles.  User roles form half of what we refer to as Administrative Domains.  The second half of Administrative Domains are Configuration Partitions.  ... Read more
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