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Monitoring APM Session Limit Availability from GTM

F5er Harry Kleinbourg came up with a great solution for monitoring the availability of BIG-IP APM targets not just based on the availability of the virtual service but also on its ability to handle service based on the licensed session limits... Read more
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Security Irules 101: DNS Gravitational Disturbance

Introduction iRules are a powerful tool in the F5 administrators arsenal. They allow administrators to adapt and customize the F5 to their needs. They provide extensive power for security engineers as well. We’ve decided it’s time to revisit... Read more
1 Review

Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - API Automation

Articles in this series: Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Overview, Installation, and Configuration Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Custom Sensors Part 1 Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Custom Sensors Part 2 Monitoring Your Networ... Read more
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Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Custom Notifications

Articles in this series: Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Overview, Installation, and Configuration Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Custom Sensors Part 1 Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Custom Sensors Part 2 In past articles, ... Read more
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Building a resilient, secure DNS infrastructure.

DNS is inherently insecure and exposed. F5 customers have been seeing a spate of DNS attacks and DNS denial of service lately, and I thought it would be a good idea to analyze a few of the common attack vectors, and ways F5s GTM, or LTM DNS... Read more
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Archiving BIG-IP Configurations with an iApp in v11.2

I wrote an article last year on utilizing iApps to put a front-end on a common system task, BIG-IP configuration archiving. This worked well for that initial v11 release, but something changed along the way that prevented some of the magic fro... Read more
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Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Custom Sensors Part 2

Articles in this series: Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Overview, Installation, and Configuration Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Custom Sensors Part 1 In my last “Custom Sensors Part 1” article, I covered what sensors are, the... Read more
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iRules logging to multiple locations with ease

Some months back I was at an account where we were developing some iRules to provide logging detail. One of the complications was that some of the infrastructure to support remote logging was in the process of being implemented and was not... Read more
1 Review

Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Custom Sensors Part 1

Articles in this series: Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Overview, Installation, and Configuration In my first article in this series, I talked about the PRTG Network Monitor from Paessler and how we decided to use it for our DevCentra... Read more
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APM: Break it down Yo!

Access systems are messy. Wait, let me rephrase that, Poorly planned access systems are messy.  We’ve all seen it happen a thousand times. Someone comes r... Read more
2 Reviews

Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Overview, Installation, and Configuration

A few months back, our team moved DevCentral.f5.com from our corporate datacenter to a cloud service provider.  As part of this project, we were required to take over the tasks previously performed by our IT department.  One of the task... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
3 Reviews

Advanced Edge Client Installation for Windows–The Mysteries of Windows Installer Revealed

In many small to medium sized companies (and even some fairly large ones), when you need a new piece of software installed on your desktop, you call the IT guy, or put in a trouble ticket, and the IT guy shows up with a DVD or CD, and install... Read more
Average Rating: 4.3
4 Reviews

Deploying BIG-IP VE in VMware vCloud Director

Beginning with BIG-IP version 11.2, you may have noticed a new package in the Virtual Edition downloads folder for vCloud Director 1.5. VMware’s vCloud Director is a software solution enabling enterprises to build multi-tenant private clouds. Each... Read more
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Log Bypass for BIG-IP Monitor Traffic

Monitors are a part of just about any infrastructure that needs to be highly available. BIG-IP has a whole host of different monitoring options for keeping tabs on servers. It's important for your BIG-IP to understand the current state of the... Read more
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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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Google reCAPTCHA Verification With Sideband Connections

Introduction Virtually every dynamic site on the Internet these days makes use of a CAPTCHA in some fashion. A CAPTCHA is used to verify that a human is driving the interaction with a particular  function on a site. A CAPTCHA in its simples... Read more
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v11.1: DNS Blackhole with iRules

Back in October, I attended a Security B-Sides event in Jefferson City (review here). One of the presenters (@bethayoung) talked about poisoning the internal DNS intentionally for known purveyors of all things bad. I indicated in my write-up tha... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
3 Reviews

Two-Factor Authentication With Google Authenticator And LDAP

Introduction Earlier this year Google released their time-based one-time password (TOTP) solution named Google Authenticator. A TOTP is a single-use code with a finite lifetime that can be calculated by two parties (client and server) using ... Read more
Average Rating: 4.4
5 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
1 Review

DNS Services Architecture

F5 has been in the DNS business for quite some time, beginning with the 3-DNS GSLB product introduced in 1998. While steadily growing the GSLB market through product advances, the platform is incredibly feature rich now, offering far more than... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
6 Reviews

DNS Resolution via iRules: NAME::lookup vs RESOLV::lookup

There are so many things that you can do with iRules that it can be pretty staggering to narrow down what the "most useful" commands are, but if I were given that task and absolutely had to, I would say that DNS resolution ranks up there... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
3 Reviews

v11: DNS Express – Part 2

Introduction In our last Tech Tip, v11: DNS Express – Part 1, we discussed configuring DNS Express as an authoritative slave DNS server. We also discussed the advantages of using DNS Express in place of a pool of BIND servers. In this part of... Read more
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ARX: Troubleshooting "CIFS Access Is Denied” Messages

Introduction It is impossible to enumerate all the scenarios under which CIFS access via or by ARX may be denied. In many cases, denial of access may be the desired behavior and can sometimes be temporary. This article is intended to aid in... Read more
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v11: DNS Express – Part 1

Introduction Among the many features released with GTM version 11, DNS Express has to be near the top of the list for many DNS administrators. DNS Express is a high performance in-memory authoritative DNS server. GTM has always been able to serve... Read more
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Scheduling BIG-IP Configuration Backups via the GUI with an iApp

Beginning with BIG-IP version 11, the idea of templates has not only changed in amazing and powerful ways, it has been extended to be far more than just templates.  The replacement for templates is called iAppTM.  But to call the iAppT... Read more
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