Category Archives: F5

F5 REST API Resources

These are for me the best two resources if you want embrace Dev/Net/Sec Ops using F5 iControl

 

Just a sneak peak of what you can find:

  • Mesos Marathon Container Integration
  • Kubernetes Container Integration
  • RedHat OpenShift Container Integration
  • OpenStack Cloud Integration
  • F5 Application Services Proxy
  • Dockers

Really recommended

http://clouddocs.f5.com/

https://devcentral.f5.com/wiki/iControl.HomePage.ashx

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F5 TMOS v13 is out!

F5 launched TMOS v13, What’s new?

  • New Built-in TCP Profiles
  • TCP Nagle “Auto mode”
  • Diameter High Availability
  • SIP and Diameter Connection Auto-Initialization
  • Diameter Election Process Support
  • Diameter In-Band Monitor
  • ECDH and ECDSA
  • DAG v2
  • Enhanced platform diagnostics for iSeries platforms
  • Global VLAN based SYN flood protection

You can read the full release notes here

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BigIP Factory default in 3 steps

When you restore the BIG-IP configuration to factory default settings, the system performs the following tasks:

Retains:

  • the management IP address
  • BIG-IP license file
  • files in the /shared partition
  • manually-modified bigdb database variables
  • Flags the Setup utility to run when the next user logs in to the Configuration utility

Removes:

  • All BIG-IP local traffic configuration objects
  • All BIG-IP network configuration objects
  • All non-system maintenance user accounts
  • System maintenance user account passwords (root and admin)
  • BIG-IP module data and policies
  • Current host name
  • local trust domain

These are the steps:

  1. Go to TMS
  2. Load the default config
  3. Save the config

After execute the 3 steps the big-ip daemon will restart using the default config, and it is ready to go again.

This is a factory default for a 11.x and 12.x code to execute on 10.x use load sys default-config

root@(backend)(cfg-sync Standalone)(Active)(/Common)(tmos)# load sys config default

Reset the system configuration to factory defaults? (y/n) y
Loading system configuration…
/defaults/asm_base.conf
/defaults/config_base.conf
/defaults/ipfix_ie_base.conf
/defaults/ipfix_ie_f5base.conf
/defaults/low_profile_base.conf
/defaults/low_security_base.conf
/defaults/policy_base.conf
/defaults/wam_base.conf
/defaults/analytics_base.conf
/defaults/apm_base.conf
/defaults/apm_saml_base.conf
/defaults/app_template_base.conf
/defaults/classification_base.conf
/var/libdata/dpi/conf/classification_update.conf
/defaults/daemon.conf
/defaults/pem_base.conf
/defaults/profile_base.conf
/defaults/sandbox_base.conf
/defaults/security_base.conf
/defaults/urldb_base.conf
/usr/share/monitors/base_monitors.conf
/usr/local/gtm/include/gtm_base_region_isp.conf
/usr/share/monitors/gtm_base_monitors.conf
Loading configuration…
/defaults/defaults.scf
Resetting trust domain…
Setting flag to reset ASM data…

root@(localhost)(cfg-sync Standalone)(INOPERATIVE)(/Common)(tmos)# save /sys config

Nov 14 02:54:37 localhost emerg logger: Re-starting bigd

Saving running configuration…
/config/bigip.conf
/config/bigip_base.conf
/config/bigip_user.conf
Saving Ethernet mapping…done

root@(localhost)(cfg-sync Standalone)(Active)(/Common)(tmos)#quit

 

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F5 BIG-IP iSeries more robust

F5 came out with new platforms called BIG-IP iSeries with the following features/innovations:

  • TurboFlex optimization technology that offloads specialized functions from the general CPU
  • Due the complexity of SSL offloading and traffic growing exponentially due IoT, this new platforms have more capacity (TPS) than their previous versions, in some cases 2.5 times more

Platforms Available:

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The BIG-IP iSeries is the next generation of ADCs, with key innovations that enable customers to meet the challenges of rapidly shifting landscapes. Beyond a significant increase in capacity, the BIG-IP iSeries mixes the power of dedicated hardware with the flexibility of a programmable, updatable platform

References:

iSeries: Not Just a Better, Bigger, and Faster BIG-IP

BIG-IP System Hardware datasheet

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F5 woke up!Official Study Guides Live

F5 folks was chasing F5 to provide Official Study Guides to their exams, and finally someone heard us!

They are not covering every cert , but it’s a good start. At the moment these are the guides available:

To get you in just need visit F5 Education and choose the cert (look at bottom for the study guide link), or you can to login on F5 University, and then click on Training Catalog!

Have fun!

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F5 Getting Started Series now on 11.x

Good news from F5! F5 refreshed his WBTs on F5 University using 11.x code. They called this the “F5 Getting Started Series” and each section has interactive questions to do a check up of your knowledge. This Series covers the following products:

  • BIG-IP LTM
  • BIG-IP GTM
  • BIG-IP APM
  • BIG-IP ASM

Just click on the product and that will open automatic a new window.

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As before you can have hands-on on a virtual lab for 11.x code with the following topology. After you login on F5 University click on F5 Training Lab menu and get you Lab guide. Unfortunately you can´t play HA features on this lab but you can try the F5 BIG-IP LTM virtual edition (request a trial licence 90 days) for your own lab.

 

F5_LearnLab_v11

References:

F5 Certification Program

F5 University

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I took the F5 101v2-Application Delivery Fundamentals beta exam

I was a guinea pig for F5 101v2 beta and i did it well i guess. After answer 140 questions in 150 minutes + extension of 30 minutes (not english native, but was not necessary) the hard part of this was review all my answers, yes again 140! I didn´t find this hard as mention by other guys who did the 101v1. After you submit the exam you can comment the questions (no chance to change answers at this point), personally i did it to give the F5 Team my understanding of what they can improve! But they could give the cert away for the guys who passed this exam, yes it´s Christmas! :)

And yes, against other exams you can go back and forwarded!

All 5 sections have the same score, so i got 75%

I wrote a post about my Study Notes for this exam so check it out!

This exam is one of the pre-requirements for the Exam 201 – TMOS Administration to achieve the F5 BIG-IP Certified Administrator

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And even virtually i have my logo!

f5_101v2_ADF

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