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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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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

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

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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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

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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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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Web Application Login Integration with APM

As we hurtle forward through the information age we continue to find ourselves increasingly dependant on the applications upon which we rely. Whether it's your favorite iPhone app or the tools that allow you to do your job, the application... Read more
1 Review

One Time Passwords via an SMS Gateway with BIG-IP Access Policy Manager

One time passwords, or OTP, are used (as the name indicates) for a single session or transaction.  The plus side is a more secure deployment, the downside is two-fold—first, most solutions involve a token system, which is costly i... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
7 Reviews

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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HTTP Basic Access Authentication iRule Style

I started working on an administrator control panel for my previous Small URL Generator Tech Tip (part 1 and part 2) and realized that we probably didn’t want to make our Small URL statistics and controls viewable by everyone. That led me to make... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
9 Reviews

BIG-IP Logging and Reporting Toolkit – part four

So far we’ve covered the initial problem, the players involved and one in-depth analysis of one of the options (splunk). Next let’s dig into Q1labs’ Qradar offering.  The first thing you’ll need to do, just like last time, is make sure you... Read more
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v10.1 - Configuring GTM's DNS Security Extensions

Security extensions were added to the DNS protocol as a means of countering malicious attacks such as cache poisoning, domain hijacking, and man-in-the-middle attacks.  The extensions are described in detail in RFC 4033 (Introduction an... 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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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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Unbind your LDAP servers with iRules

LDAP is one of the most widely used authentication protocols around today. There are plenty of others, but LDAP is undeniably one of the big ones. It comes as no surprise then that we often hear different questions about using F5 technology with... Read more
2 Reviews

Can iRules fix my cert mismatch errors?

SSL encryption as a means of security on the web isn't a new concept. We've talked about it here on DevCentral many times, and it's as pedestrian a concept as a corndog on the boardwalk to most internet users. We've talked about... Read more
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Selective Client Cert Authentication

SSL encryption on the web is not a new concept to the general population of the internet. Those of us that frequent many websites per week (day, hour, minute, etc.) are quite used to making use of SSL encryption for security purposes. It's an... Read more
1 Review

RADIUS Load Balancing with iRules

What is RADIUS? “Remote Authentication Dial In User Service” or RADIUS is a very mature and widely implemented protocol for exchanging ”Triple A” or “Authentication, Authorization and Accounting” information. RADIUS is a relatively simple,... Read more
1 Review

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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iControl 101 - #07 - User Management

iControl is a robust management API that not only encompasses the control of network management objects, but also many other aspects of the system level configuration. This article will discuss the methods used to create and manage all aspects of... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
4 Reviews

LTM: Configuring IP Forwarding

A basic change in internal routing architecture and functionality between BIG-IP 4.x and LTM 9.x has caused some confusion for customers whose v4.x deployment depended on IP forwarding. Here is an explanation of the change, and the new... Read more
1 Review