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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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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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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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iControl Apps - #05 - Rate Based Statistics

One of the key features of iControl is the ability to monitor statistics of the various objects on the system.  Whether it's for capacity planning or auditing and billing purposes, the numbers behind how your applications are being... Read more
1 Review

iControl Apps - #04 - Graceful Server Shutdown

This question comes up quite often here on DevCentral: "How can I gracefully shut down my servers for maintenance without disrupting current user sessions?".  In fact, I answered this question just the other day again in the... 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
1 Review

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
5 Reviews

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
3 Reviews

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
1 Review

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
3 Reviews