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Verifying Local Traffic Policy and iRule Precedence

The BIG-IP platform has had Tcl-based iRules since the initial v9 release back in 2004. When version 11.4 released, the HTTP class was deprecated in favor of local traffic policies. The policies provide access to inspect and act on ingress and... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
3 Reviews

SNI Routing with BIG-IP

In the previous article, The Three HTTP Routing Patterns, Lori MacVittie covers 3 methods of routing. Today we will look at Server Name Indication (SNI) routing as an additional method of routing HTTPS or any protocol that uses TLS protocol that... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
4 Reviews

Configuring Smart Card Authentication to BIG-IP Management Interface

How do we smart card enable our BIG-IP management interface? DevCentral shows how it's done. I will also share some troubleshooting steps, logs and tools I used to overcome my issues while attempting this. So, with that, let's get started. Read more
2 Reviews

Lightboard Lessons: OSI and TCP/IP Models

In this episode of Lightboard Lessons, Jason compares the OSI and TCP/IP Models at a high level. Note that TCP/IP’s bottom two layers are called a lot of different things (ie, Network = Internet, Physical = Network Interface, Network Access,... Read more
2 Reviews

Post of the Week: Port Lockdown

Welcome to Post of the Week, where we take a question of general interest from Q&A and hit the lightboard with our take on the issue. In this episode, I walk through the specifics of the self-IP port lockdown feature on BIG-IP. Thanks to... Read more
0 Reviews

What is HTTP Part VII - OneConnect

In the last article in this What is HTTP? series we finished covering the settings in the HTTP profile itself. This week, we begin the transition to technologies that support, enhance, optimize, secure, and (insert your descriptive qualifier... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
6 Reviews

Lightboard Lessons: Mac Masquerade

In this episode of Lightboard Lessons,  Jason dives in to Mac Masquerade, which is a user-configured unique mac address to be shared by BIG-IPs for high availability purposes. Resources K3523: Choosing a unique mac address for Mac... Read more
1 Review

What is HTTP Part V - HTTP Profile Basic Settings

In the first four parts of this series on HTTP, we laid the foundation for understanding what’s to come. In this article, we’ll focus on the basic settings in the BIG-IP HTTP profile. Before we dive into the HTTP-specific settings, however, let’s... Read more
Average Rating: 4.7
4 Reviews

Lightboard Lessons: CPU Hyper-Threads and TMM

In this episode of Lightboard Lessons, Jason details how BIG-IP’s Traffic Management Microkernel (TMM) utilizes Intel’s Hyper-Threading Technology and the impacts depending on the version of TMOS. In versions before 11.5, each hyper-thread... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
6 Reviews

TurboFlex, Application Delivery, and Tires: What's the Common Thread? (Tread?)

A brief history F5's involvement with ASICs and FPGAs and how TurboFlex makes optimizing for applications fast and simple. Read more
1 Review

Zero to F5-CTS LTM Certified!

It’s been nearly a year since the DevCentral team wrestled the 101 exam to the mat at Agility 2016. This last week, I finished the road to the F5 Certified Technology Specialist Local Traffic Manager (F5-CTS LTM) certification, with a passing... Read more
Average Rating: 4.8
6 Reviews

It's All About The 12s: B4450 vCMP Guest Support Adds New Guest Options

The recent release of version 13.0 enabled a capability on the B4450 which had been dormant up until now: vCMP support. With 13.0, running up to 12 guests per blade is now supported, yielding 96 guests in an 8-slot chassis, the C4800... Read more
0 Reviews

How Apps and APIs are Changing the App Acceleration Game

Modern apps are changing. And I’m not just talking about the rush to containerize apps or put them in the cloud. I’m talking about app architectures and, more specifically, the techniques behind them that are having a significant impact on... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
4 Reviews

Lightboard Lessons: Device Services Clustering Failover Methods

In this episode of Lightboard Lessons, I continue last week’s DSC overview with an overview of the failover methods and the changes/enhancements introduced in the recently released version 13 of TMOS. Check back tomorrow for a write up on the v13... Read more
2 Reviews

Lightboard Lessons: Device Services Clustering

In this episode of Lightboard Lessons, I cover the basics of F5’s high availability architecture called Device Services Clustering, or DSC for short. Make sure you come back tomorrow for the written part of DSC that I’ll update below in this... Read more
2 Reviews

F5 LBaaS v2 now certified with Mirantis v9 Mitaka.

F5 LBaaS v2 is now certified with the Mirantis Version 9 Mitaka OpenStack distribution. I want to thank my colleague, Ulises Alonso Camaro, for his efforts in performing the certification tests, creating the demo environment, and writing the... Read more
1 Review

Time to Get Prepping for the F5 Certification 201 Exam

Less than a month after gaining some cred (and relief) from passing the F5 Certification 101 exam, the DevCentral team is now embarking on our 201-TMOS Administration journey. The 201-TMOS Administration exam is the second exam required to achieve... Read more
1 Review

Lightboard Lessons: Nagle's Algorithm

In this episode of Lightboard Lessons, Jason walks through the basics of Nagle’s algorithm: what it is, why it exists, why it matters, a potential problem, and how customizations by the BIG-IP TCP stack can help.  Resources IS TCP’s Nagle... Read more
0 Reviews

iHealth Upgrade Advisor: Making upgrades a little easier

Whether it is upgrading the firmware on a switch, the OS on a server, an important business application or the software on a BIG-IP, performing upgrades is something that makes almost all IT Admins and Network Engineers nervous. We’ve learned from... Read more
Average Rating: 4.6
8 Reviews

DevCentral at Agility 2016 - The Preview Video

Now that I'm part of the DevCentral team, I give a preview of the DevCentral activities for F5's Agility 2016 event, May 17-18, in Vienna Austria. ps Read more
0 Reviews

Nutanix Blog post on How to Install F5 BIG-IP on Nutanix AHV

So Jason Burns from Nutanix recently published a blog on the Nutanix Next community, which details how to install an F5 BIG-IP on the Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor. You can read it here. Jason worked with me, and using my Installing BIG-IP on... Read more
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It's that darned web developer guy! (Or lessons learned by wearing a new hat)

Back in October, my son’s robotics team said “Hey! You work for a software company, can you build us an application that will help us with scouting and competitions?” Foolishly, ego stepped in before a careful outsourced review of my existing... Read more
1 Review
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It is Election Season: Vote F5 Networks for OpenStack Summit Sessions

Hey all, It is that time again to vote up your favorite F5 Networks presenters at this years OpenStack Summit. F5 will be in Austin this April with things to say. Do you want to come hear those things? Oh you do. Then it is time to vote for the... Read more
1 Review