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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

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

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 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

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

Multiple Certs, One VIP: TLS Server Name Indication via iRules

An age old question that we’ve seen time and time again in the iRules forums here on DevCentral is “How can I use iRules to manage multiple SSL certs on one VIP"?”. The answer has always historically been “I’m sorry, you can’t.”. The... Read more
0 Reviews

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

Automated Gomez Performance Monitoring Part 3 - Page Identification

In the first article in this series “Automated Gomez Performance Monitoring”, I illustrated how to create an iRule that would automatically inject the required JavaScript code into your web pages to integrate your application with the Gom... Read more
0 Reviews

Automated Gomez Performance Monitoring Part 2 – DataCenter Identification

In my previous article titled “Automated Gomez Performance Monitoring”, I gave an overview of Gomez and the partnership between F5 Networks and Gomez to assist users of both technologies to integrate the two together.  In that article, ... Read more
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Automated Gomez Performance Monitoring

Gomez provides an on-demand platform that you use to optimize the performance, availability and quality of your Web and mobile applications. It identifies business-impacting issues by testing and measuring Web applications from the “outside-in” ... Read more
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BIG-IP Logging and Reporting Toolkit – part three

In the first couple installments of this series we’ve talked about what we’re trying to accomplish, the vendor options we have available to us, their offerings, some strengths and weaknesses of each, etc. In this installment, we’re actually goin... Read more
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Laptop Load Balancing For The Developer With BIG-IP LTM VE

Introduction So, you've probably read all about the BIG-IP LTM VE.  You've gone through the download process and got the thing configured and running in VMWare.  You've even gone through the initial configuration steps to ge... Read more
0 Reviews

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
0 Reviews

Selective DNS Persistence on GTM

The world of DNS is an interesting one to me. So much of what transpires on the internet these days relies on it, heavily, to connect from point A to B with ease, and yet it remains relatively unchanged, compared to the more complex and rapidly... Read more
1 Review

Passive Application Monitoring with LTM

LTM has a broad variety of application monitoring tools you can use to address almost any high availability application monitoring requirement.  This article will explain how to configure basic passive application monitoring in LTM 9.2.0... Read more
1 Review

Non-English DNS Request filtering via iRules

When talking about iRules there are many themes that come up: application fluency, flexibility, control, high-availability. Among the themes that are often related to iRules one of the most important, in my estimation, is the extremely granular... Read more
0 Reviews

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