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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

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
0 Reviews

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

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

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
0 Reviews

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

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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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
0 Reviews

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
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Experimenting with pyControl on LTM VE

Since the BIG-IP LTM VE is currently a trial version, you won’t be doing any production implementations.  That’s good in this case, because we’re going step outside the box a little and install pyControl on your shiny new toy.  As with... Read more
1 Review

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
0 Reviews

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

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

Radius Aware Load Balancing via iRules

RADIUS is very popular authentication method that is being widely used in amongst some of the top service providers around the world, not to mention in deployments ranging from enterprise corporate environments to clustered mail systems and back.... Read more
0 Reviews

Custom Reporting with iRules

In BIG-IP version 9.2, a new profile type was added that is very powerful but isn't well understood. The Statisitcs Profile enables the creation of custom statistics. What makes it interesting is that it's accessible from within iRules. ... Read more
1 Review

Offload Authentication with iRules

As the applications being driven by webservers become more and more complex, Applications Developers are always looking for ways to increase efficiency or do away with unneeded processing time. One of the ways that I believe that Applications can... Read more
1 Review