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IIS Farm + BigIP (F5) NLB and App Delivery

So here's my situation. We want to build a new IIS Farm, maybe 5-7 servers (who cares really) because right now a lot of our IIS traffic is one to one with not failover or NLB. (FYI, this is all ...
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is ad fs for internal crm necessary if we already have an sso for internet facing services?

I never had to deal with AD FS until now so not sure if i get it correctly. We will have an implementation of Dynamic CRM inside our network soon and we already use F5 Big-IP APM for sso with other ...
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httping generates message “error shutting down ssl” with F5 HTTP endpoint

There is no failed request, but I don't know what the message error shutting down ssl means. Any idea? # httping https://ds31s3.swisscom.com PING ds31s3.swisscom.com:443 (https://ds31s3.swisscom.com):...
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How can a system hold more then 65535 concurrent TCP connections?

As far as I know, a TCP/IP stack can only maintain an absolute maximum of 65535 concurrent connections; while reading the white-paper for some F5 BigIP load balancers, I see that these can hold open ...
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Installing Deis in AWS without ELB

I'd like to install a Deis cluster in AWS but without using ELB, since we have already paid for an alternative (BigIP), and our network guys are comfortable with it. Is it easy to configure Deis not ...
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F5 High Speed Logging and Logstash GROK

Im trying to format logs straight from our F5 using HSL and Logstash. I've copied the example configuration exactly from the site as it contains the majority of the information I wanted logstash ...
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http_process_state_prepend - Invalid action:0x109010 (Server side:

I am getting a blank page on my Web App which is running with F5 & apache + Tomcat backend. I am getting intermittent errors in the F5 logs like belw http_process_state_prepend - Invalid action:...
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SecureCookies, HTTPOnly cookies, .Net, and SSL offloading

So I've been looking into implementing HttpOnly and SecureCookies in my web environment. I have an F5 as the load balancer and a couple of C# web applications hosted in iis 7.5 for the website. The ....
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Load balancer F5 and sticky session

I have installed a web application on a clustered environment where the load is balanced by an F5 device. Unfortunately I do not know exactly its model, but hopefully this information is not necessary ...
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Most robust way of forwarding multiple URL via one IP

This is probably subjective but if anyone could suggest a robust solution for the following that would be fantastic. We have potentially multiple URL's in service which are currently 1:1 with Public ...
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F5 SSL offloading custom 404 page

We have an F5 that we want to use for SSL termination in front of our JBoss servers with NetIQ auth, and we have the configuration working for all normal traffic. The problem is with our custom 404 ...
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For SSL bridging, do HTTPS backends verify that the load balancer is using the same private key? If so, how?

We are using the F5 to perform load balancing. When using SSL bridging instead of termination, we generally use a wildcard on the front-end and a regular SSL cert on the HTTPS backend. However, there'...
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iControl REST Remote Authentication BIG-IP v12

I have an issue while trying to use remote authentication on iControl REST API. I have tried to configure remote authentication using the following article Configuring Remote User Authentication and ...
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Forward Akamai's True-Client-IP via F5 BigIP

Akamai returns client IP in True-Client-IP header. This can be disabled in Akamai settings so that Akamai will return client IP in HTTP-X-Forwarded-For header, but this will contain multiple IP ...
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How do I measure initiated SSL connections per second on IIS?

I am running a stress test on a web application that is being proxied by IIS/Win2008R2 and want to measure the number of SSL Transactions Per Second going across it. In production I have a F5 load ...
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F5 LTM frequently kills processes with SIGKILL

We have a BIP-IP 6400 LTM device that is killing processes with an alarming frequency. The CPU is consistently around 23% utilization, so that is not an issue. Here is a sample from /var/log/ltm: ...
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Configuring f5 to retry requests on timeout

I have a pool of servers and f5 BIG-IP loadbalancer in front of them. I want to configure the following behaviour: if one server haven't answered on http request in e.g. 1 second request will be ...
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Does the F5 LTM check every virtual server for every lookup?

I manage several F5 LTM devices which have a rapidly growing number of virtual servers configured (about 500 right now). I've noticed that when the device lists virtual servers it does so ...
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is there a standard for chaining x-forwarded-for headers?

IETF RFC 2616 Section 4.2 allows a request to contain multiple headers with the same field-name as long as chronological order of insertion is preserved and their values can be converted into single ...
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Application Fail over not working in apache 2.2 web server configured with BIG IP (f5) load balancer

I am using Apache 2.2 in front of my JBOSS 5.2 application server in a cluster configuration . The two nodes of the cluster configuration resides on different host . This configuration is hosted on ...
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F5 allow user to access iControl RESTful API

I'm trying to interact with an F5 load balancer using the REST api. I have verified that iControl is enabled, however when I try and run a command, I am told that I am unauthorized. curl -k -u ...
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Configuring an F5 BIG-IP configuration on amazon EC2

I am a newbie to f5 BIG-IP. I want to configure an f5 BIG-IP instance to load balance 2 apache webservers under it. I am following the documentation in following link. But not clear how to route ...
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How a F5 can handle multiple virtual IP address on different network?

I'm confusing when design an F5 system. I have to using F5 with two networks subnet, for each network we need a virtual IP. The problem is F5 have only one default gateway so I only can choose one of ...
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What is the request flow in BIG-IP load balancers for NONE preference?

I would like to know to which member does the request will be first directed to when NONE preference is set in the BIG-IP load balancers. From this link, there are three ways to set the redundancy ...
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Format of BIG-IP configuration file?

Anyone knows if the config file for BIG-IP load balancers follow an official format or is it something F5 specific?
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F5 BigIP limiting the amount of sources able to connect to a virtual server

In an F5 bigIP LTM with sw version 11.4.1, is it possible to have multiple sources addresses for a virtual server? The objective is to limit the number of sources from where the virtual server can be ...
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F5 routes all REST requests from one client to same host

I have a rest webservice clustered behind an F5 using SSL Termination, SSL persistence and the balancing is "least connections". This service sees millions of messages per day. The vast majority of ...
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Server A can see B, but B can't see A

I am setting up a network with a CentOS client, a CentOS server and a BIG-IP. The network looks like this: (client) < -- > (BIG-IP) < -- > (server) The client is on a 10.10.20.x network....
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F5 Big-IP and WSS WebSockets

We have a F5 Big-IP load balancer that handles the SSL, so the servers behind it get HTTPS rather than HTTP (SSL off loading). I don't have version handy, but in the login page I can see "Copyright ...
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Way to convert claims tokens to Kerberos that SP2010 accepts

I'm hoping there is an F5 way to do what is described in this article: http://blog.auth360.net/2010/12/03/the-triumvirate-uag-2010sp1-ad-fs-2-0-and-kerberos/ Users login to a mobile app using claims-...
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Changing node IP addresses in F5 BigIP configuration

I need to re-ip about 600 servers, which is bad enough by itself, but I've automated the entire process except for one part: F5 configuration. In all the documentation I can find, there is nothing ...
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How to specify proxy server big ip f5? [closed]

We are attempting to setup a big ip f5 and need outbound internet traffic to flow through proxy servers. Is that possible?
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F5 Load Balancer Resends Request On Timeout

Let me preface this by saying I am not a systems administrator, I'm a programmer. Recently, our systems administrators installed F5 load balancers. Since then, I've noticed that any time a request ...
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configure F5 via Puppet

I have an Ubuntu PuppetMaster instance. I need to manage a F5 BIG-IP (v10.2.4) device. I'm following the directions for the Puppet Labs F5 module ( http://forge.puppetlabs.com/puppetlabs/f5 ). Is ...
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F5 Big-IP : pool monitors at member node level

BIG-IP 10.2.4 When configuring a pool, I can assign a monitor at pool-level. But I can also drill-down into each member node and assign a monitor. What is a use-case for assigning a health-monitor ...
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F5 Big-IP : iRule optimization of nested switch

F5 BIG-IP 10.2.4 My iRule needs to exact-match on host and wild-card match on path. when HTTP_REQUEST { switch [string tolower [HTTP::host]] { "internal.mycompany.com" { switch -glob [...
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Any iControl API equivalent to 'b merge' in BIG-IP?

I want to deploy configurations (virtual server, pools) to my bigip server, based on the files which have same format as /config/bigip.conf. However, the iControl 'create' API for virtual server and ...
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F5 Packet filtering or iRules or both?

I need to set-up a custom filter for a virtual host that requires both ip address checks and URL check. Like so: _if_ _(_ http-request matches url _and_ ip is from certain host/net range _)_ ...
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F5 authentication using kerberos keytab

Our network gear use tacplus for authentication and authorization. tac itself authenticates using kerberos. For one of the projects we need automated login to a F5 device using a script. Does anyone ...
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F5 Action on Service Down

Does anyone know how the F5 rebalances traffic when you configure "Action on Service Down" to None. i.e say there are active connections and your have updated the health check so that the server is ...
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HTTP-CLASS-Redirecting traffic-F5

Can we redirect https traffic to a particular real server using http-class in F5? i.e whether http-class works with both http and https traffic.?
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Is it generally better to compress content on the proxy server or the app server?

We're using an F5 for load balancing and SSL proxying. Behind it we're serving up java applications with Tomcat instances. These are fairly small applications - hundreds of concurrent users. I'd ...
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Big IP F5 outbound HTTP issues

We've tried upgrading from 9.x to 10.2 on our F5 Big IP 3400 and everything went over fine apart from one thing. We're unable to establish any outbound HTTP (80) connections from any servers that are ...
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Server won't reply to POST request

I'm working on a WordPress site that's served by two lighttpd backends behind an F5 load balancer. Previously, the site was served by a single lighttpd server behind a nginx reverse proxy, and ...
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F5 BIG_IP persistence iRules applied but not affecting selected member

I have a virtual server. I have 2 iRules (see below) assigned to it as resources. From the server log it looks like that the rules are running and they select the correct member from the pool after ...
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F5 BigIP upgrade from 9.x to 10.x

Having a few difficulties upgrading a Big IP 3400 from 9.4.8 to any version 10.x image. The following are the versions I've tried: 10.1.0.3341.0 10.2.2.763.3 10.2.3.112.0 10.2.4.577.0 To upgrade I'...
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Predictive vs Least Connection Load Balancing Techniques

I have a windows based desktop application that communicates via TCP to the application servers. (windows 2003). No sticky sessions between client calls. We have exactly 2 servers to load balance and ...
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HAProxy: session stickiness triggered by response header possible?

I'm investigating HAProxy as a possible replacement for F5. F5 is capable of persisting a session based on a response header value: when HTTP_RESPONSE { set session [HTTP::header X-Session] if {$...
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301 redirect Rule For Load Balance F5 BigIp

I have a load balancer F5 Big ip for my website. Currently, I am having 302 redirect in place; however, I wanted to apply 301 but dont know how. For example: My website (abc.com) when typed 302 ...
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BIG IP - HTTPS Health Monitor setup

I have a Web site that we have setup a health monitoring pages so we can take our servers in and out of the Big-IP as we see fit. Now we have just moved onto Big-IP and the issue I have hit is that ...