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July is my favorite month due to it being both the middle of summer and I was born in July. This month I’ll drip of perspiration and celebrate another twist in the odometer of life. It’s also time for our monthly Chronicles where we keep you updated on DevCentral happenings and highlig...
Our Featured Member series is a way for us to show appreciation and highlight active contributors in our community. Communities thrive on interaction and our Featured Series gives you some insight on some of our most active folks. Rhazi Youssef has been a very active DevCentral member ...
Heading into the summer months is always a nice time of year – school is out, warmer weather, BBQs, beaches, baseball and maybe some vacation time. And hopefully all the Dads had a nice Father’s Day as we dive into our 6th installment of the DC Chronicles. The Chronicles are intended t...
Our Featured Member series is a way for us to show appreciation and highlight active contributors in our community. Communities thrive on interaction and our Featured Series gives you some insight on some of our most active folks. Jie Gao is a very active contributor on DevCentral sinc...
Is it May already? Did you enjoy your ‘May the Fourth’ along with ‘Revenge of the Sixth’? For me, May is filled with a bunch of family holidays along with Mother’s Day, of course. May also falls perfectly for our 5th installment of the #DC Chronicles. If you missed our initial issues o...
Our Featured Member series is a way for us to show appreciation and highlight active contributors in our community. Communities thrive on interaction and our Featured Series gives you some insight on some of our most active folks. Jai Kumar is a very active contributor on DevCentral an...
If you missed our initial issues of the DC Chronicles, you can catch up with the links at the bottom. The Chronicles are intended to keep you updated on DevCentral happenings and highlight some of the cool content you may have missed since the last issue. Welcome! Like last month, we’r...
The DevCentral team will be at F5’s largest user conference to date! Will you? Now’s the time to register for F5 Agility 2018 in Boston, MA August 13-16. Early Bird registration knocks $300 off your registration fee! What’s F5 Agility all about? Besides an opportunity to me...
Our Featured Member series is a way for us to show appreciation and highlight active contributors in our community. Communities thrive on interaction and our Featured Series gives you some insight on some of our most active folks. Daniel Varela has been one of those engaged members and...
In this Lightboard Post of the Week, I answer a question about being able to do SAML IdP and SP on a single BIG-IP VE. Thanks to DevCentral Members hpr and Daniel Varela for the question and answer. +25 DC points for ya! Posted Question on DevCentral: https://devcentral.f5.com/question...
Hannes Rapp is an Independent F5 Engineering Consultant focusing on BIG-IP ASM and LTM. According to Hannes, ‘if you combine these two modules, you have the best of F5 product portfolio. One without another is incomplete BIG-IP.’ He’s also interested in Python, buildi...
Last week we covered the basic overview of Application Connector and this week we’ll look at how to set it up. [The link to the setup guide] Settle in, this is detailed. F5 Application Connector is made up of two components: The Proxy and the Service Center. Step One is to set up the S...
Today, let’s take a look at Application Connector. Application Connector connects public clouds to your application service infrastructure within cloud interconnects or data centers. This enables the use of public cloud resources as part of your compute infrastructure while also perfor...
If you missed our initial issue of the DC Chronicles, check it out here. The Chronicles are intended to keep you updated on DevCentral happenings and highlight some of the cool articles you may have missed over the last month. Welcome. First up, 2018 will be the year that we publicly o...
After a brief hiatus for the New Year, we’re kicking off the 2018 Featured Member series with a new DevCentral MVP: MrPlastic, Lee Sutcliffe. Like Kevin this past December, Lee does a great job with the opening question, so we’ll let him tell his story. A long-time DevCentr...
In this Lightboard Post of the Week, I answer a question about 2FA and SSO with AD/RSA on BIG-IP by creating a SSO Credential Mapping policy agent in the Visual Policy Editor, that takes the username and password from the logon page, and maps them to variables to be used for SSO servic...
That title sounds so 2009 but let’s go with it anyway. #Flashback…no, #Throwback…no, how about #TinkerTuesday? Is there such a thing? (There is.) #DevCentral will be ramping up our social activities in 2018 and we wanted to share some of the media channels you can join to stay connecte...
Welcome to 2018! If the kids in the back seat have been chanting, ‘Are we there yet?, Are we there yet?’ you can tell them, ‘Yes! Now, Get out the car!’ If, like me, you’ve taken a couple weeks off to enjoy the holidays and New Year, you might be wondering where to start again […...
It’s that time of year when we gift and re-gift, just like this text from last year. And the perfect opportunity to re-post, re-purpose and re-use all my 2017 entries. If you missed any of the 64 attempts including 16 videos, here they are wrapped in one simple entry. I read somewhere ...
In this Lightboard Post of the Week, I answer a few questions about SSL/https on Virtual Servers. BIG-IP being a default deny, full proxy device, it’s important to configure specific ports, like 443, to accept https traffic along with client and server side profiles and include y...
Thinking of taking the F5 Certified 101 or 201 exams but not sure if you are ready? Ease the anxiety by taking a F5 Practice Exam! That’s what I did, and it sure helped. If you remember, back in August I attempted the 201-TMOS Administrator exam and successfully failed, missing by a fe...
When we prepare for our Featured Member series, I typically send out a questionnaire and the DevCentral member writes out their answers. With the opening question I’ll do a bit of editing and use that for the intro. This month however, airloom’s Kevin Davies did such a grea...
With the release of the new 2017 Edition of the OWASP Top 10, we wanted to give a quick rundown of how BIG-IP ASM can mitigate these vulnerabilities. First, here’s how the 2013 edition compares to 2017. And how BIG-IP ASM mitigates the vulnerabilities. Vulnerability BIG-IP ASM Co...
Today, let’s look at a couple ways to mitigate an application DDoS attack with BIG-IP ASM. We’ve logged into a BIG-IP ASM and navigated to Security>DDoS Protection>DDoS Profiles. In the General Settings of Application Security, we’ll activate an application DoS iRule event. We’...
In this Lightboard Post of the Week, I light up the answer to a question about BIG-IP APM Policy Sync. Posted Question on DevCentral: https://devcentral.f5.com/questions/apm-policy-sync-56330 Thanks to DevCentral user Murali (@MuraliGopalaRao) for the question and special thanks to Leo...
Today let’s look at how F5 BIGIP APM can consolidate, secure and federate all the core VDI gateways technology. For instance, if an organization decides move from one VDI technology to another or if you’re consolidating VDI technologies, BIG-IP can help. On the BIG-IP we’ve set up thre...
Over the last quarter, there were approximately 500 DDoS attacks daily around the world with some lasting as long as 300 hours. In this Lightboard Lesson I light up some #basics about DoS and DDoS attacks.   ps Related: DDoS attacks in Q2 2017 DDoS attack – Distributed Denia...
Nathan Britton works as a Principal Security Consultant in the UK for a security solutions provider called NTT Security, part of the NTT Group. They work with customers to design and implement security solutions and his team specializes in application delivery and security in particula...
Last week, we looked at how to do Selective Compression on BIG-IP with a local traffic policy so this week let’s try something security related using the same procedures. You can associate a BIG-IP local traffic policy to prevent a spoof of an x-forwarded-for request. This is where bad...
In this Lightboard Lesson, I light up some #basics about internet bots and botnets. Humans account for less than 50% of internet traffic and the rest is spread between the good bots and bad ones. ps Related: The Facts about Botnets The state of botnets in late 2015 and early 2016 What ...
BIG-IP provides Local Traffic Policies that simplify the way in which you can manage traffic associated with a virtual server. You can associate a BIG-IP local traffic policy to support selective compression for types of content that can benefit from compression, like HTML, XML, and CS...
IT organizations have a simple goal: make it easy for workers to access all their work applications from any device. But that simple goal becomes complicated when new apps and old, legacy applications do not authenticate in the same way. Today we’ll take you through BIG-IP APM’s integr...
I light up how BIG-IP and Solace work together in a MQTT connected car infrastructure. ps Related: Using F5 BIG-IP and Solace Open Data Movement technology for MQTT message routing and delivery Lightboard Lessons: What is MQTT? Advertisements
Jad Tabbara has been a Security Engineer with e-Xpert Solutions in Switzerland since 2014. He graduated from INSA de Lyon FRANCE with a master degree in telecommunications and nowadays, work takes the most part of my time, but happy to succeed in his endeavors. As hobbies, he enjoys pl...
Gathering and analyzing data helps organizations make intelligent decisions about their IT infrastructure. You may need a data collection device (DCD) to collect BIG-IP data so you can manage that device with BIG-IQ. BIG-IQ is a platform that manages your devices and the services they ...
In this Lightboard Lesson, I light up some #basics about HTTP. HTTP defines the structure of messages between web components such as browser or command line clients, servers like Apache or Nginx, and proxies like the BIG-IP. ps Related: What is HTTP? What is HTTP Part II – Underl...
Let’s look at how to automatically add members to your BIG-IP pool by using the Service Discovery iApp. Whenever you deploy a BIG-IP Virtual Edition by using one of the templates on the F5 Github site, this iApp is installed on the BIG-IP. The idea behind this iApp is you assign a tag ...
Rob Carr is a Senior Trainer/Professional Services Consultant with Red Education Pty in Australia, covering the Oceania and Asia markets. He has done training and engagements from New Zealand to Taiwan and points in between. About 60% of his time...
In this Lightboard Lesson, I light up many of the tasks you can do with BIG-IQ, BIG-IQ centralizes management, licensing, monitoring, and analytics for your dispersed BIG-IP infrastructure. If you have more than a few F5 BIG-IP’s within your organization, managing devices as sepa...
In this Lightboard Lesson, I light up some use cases for BIG-IP ASM Layered Policies available in BIG-IP v13. With Parent and Child policies, you can: Impose mandatory policy elements on multiple policies; Create multiple policies with baseline protection settings; and Rapidly push cha...