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 Ok, so Pete did his best Weird Al impersonation the other day by throwing up his take-off on Men Without Hat’s “Safety Dance”.  His version “Encryption Dance” is brilliant and we decided to highlight it in this weeks podcast with a challenge out to Pete to give us a live recording of ...
For those that don't know what X-Forwarded-For is, then you might as well close your browser because this post likely will mean nothing to you… A Little Background Now, if you are still reading this, then you likely are having issues with determining the origin client connections to ...
Come one, come all to our third edition of the iRule. Do You? Contest.  For those that don't know, an iRule is F5's embedded packet scripting language allowing you to gain full control over how your applications flow across the network. There are hundreds of iRules in our iRule CodeSh...
It’s been a while since I posted an update for the iRule Editor so I figured I’d spend some time this week polishing off some of the bugs and enhancements reported on the iRule Editor forum over the past year or so. So, I can go on and on about the history, but I figure you all just wa...
Twitter, for those who don’t know about it, is a status updating service that is all the rage nowadays.  It’s popularity is primarily due to it’s simplistic nature.  You post a 140 character status (known as a “tweet”) about what you are doing.  You can also friend other folks to see w...
SyntaxHighlighter.all();Pool's are collections of pool members which are IP address and ports for a specific back end application server.  Currently through the iControl API there is no direct way to do a reverse lookup of which pools a specified application server is a member...
Last week I posted a PowerShell function library for Microsoft’s newly introduced search engine at Bing.com. The function library was appropriately named PoshBing. There was a log of interest in the script so I quickly moved it off my blog and onto a CodePlex project under PoshBing. ...
Microsoft released their new search engine called “Bing” at, aptly named, http://www.bing.com.  Microsoft is getting positive reviews from the likes of CNET, The Wall Street Journal, and TechCrunch.  Instead of posting my review of the site, I’ll let you browse the above links to find...
PowerShell is definitely gaining momentum in the windows scripting world but I still hear folks wanting to rely on Unix based tools to get their job done.  In this series of posts I’m going to look at converting some of the more popular Unix based tools to PowerShell. md5 The Unix “...
PowerShell is definitely gaining momentum in the windows scripting world but I still hear folks wanting to rely on Unix based tools to get their job done.  In this series of posts I’m going to look at converting some of the more popular Unix based tools to PowerShell. touch The Unix...
PowerShell is definitely gaining momentum in the windows scripting world but I still hear folks wanting to rely on Unix based tools to get their job done.  In this series of posts I’m going to look at converting some of the more popular Unix based tools to PowerShell. cut The Unix “...
Every now and then we get some interesting email addressed to us here on the DevCentral team.  Most of the time they are not blog worthy, but yesterday one came in that I thought I needed to share. Instead of trying to provide some witty commentary, I’m just going pass along what was...
PowerShell is definitely gaining momentum in the windows scripting world but I still hear folks wanting to rely on Unix based tools to get their job done.  In this series of posts I’m going to look at converting some of the more popular Unix based tools to PowerShell. basename The U...
PowerShell is definitely gaining momentum in the windows scripting world but I still hear folks wanting to rely on Unix based tools to get their job done.  In this series of posts I’m going to look at converting some of the more popular Unix based tools to PowerShell. cat The Unix “...
PowerShell is definitely gaining momentum in the windows scripting world but I still hear folks wanting to rely on Unix based tools to get their job done.  In this series of posts I’m going to look at converting some of the more popular Unix based tools to PowerShell. dirname The Un...
PowerShell is definitely gaining momentum in the windows scripting world but I still hear folks wanting to rely on Unix based tools to get their job done.  In this series of posts I’m going to look at converting some of the more popular Unix based tools to PowerShell. find The Unix ...
PowerShell is definitely gaining momentum in the windows scripting world but I still hear folks wanting to rely on Unix based tools to get their job done.  In this series of posts I’m going to look at converting some of the more popular Unix based tools to PowerShell. factor The Uni...
PowerShell is definitely gaining momentum in the windows scripting world but I still hear folks wanting to rely on Unix based tools to get their job done.  In this series of posts I’m going to look at converting some of the more popular Unix based tools to PowerShell. seq The Unix “...
In this video walkthrough, I'll give a rundown on the new BIG-IP administrative dashboard that allows dynamic real-time monitoring of system resources and usage.
PowerShell is definitely gaining momentum in the windows scripting world but I still hear folks wanting to rely on Unix based tools to get their job done.  In this series of posts I’m going to look at converting some of the more popular Unix based tools to PowerShell. tac The Unix “...
PowerShell is definitely gaining momentum in the windows scripting world but I still hear folks wanting to rely on Unix based tools to get their job done.  In this series of posts I’m going to look at converting some of the more popular Unix based tools to PowerShell. tail The Unix ...
PowerShell is definitely gaining momentum in the windows scripting world but I still hear folks wanting to rely on Unix based tools to get their job done.  In this series of posts I’m going to look at converting some of the more popular Unix based tools to PowerShell. fold The Unix ...
Tom Hearn over at NerdyHearn.com was working with SharePoint and needed to get at the Public Key Token from various assemblies to be added to the Safe Assembly list in the SharePoint configuration.  He posted the code for a Cmdlet that would, given the path to an assembly, extract the ...
If you’ve ever had to diagnose something with your Windows system, odds are you’ve come across the Sysinternals product suite by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell.  Their PsTools suite has saved my behind many times and since they regularly make updates to the tools, it’s kind of a ...
In this video walkthrough, I'll give a rundown on the new BIG-IP User Interface (UI) and highlight some of the cool new features that you may not be aware of.  
PowerShell is definitely gaining momentum in the windows scripting world but I still hear folks wanting to rely on unix based tools to get their job done.  In this series of posts I’m going to look at converting some of the more popular Unix based tools to PowerShell. nl The Unix “n...
PowerShell is definitely gaining momentum in the windows scripting world but I still hear folks wanting to rely on unix based tools to get their job done.  In this series of posts I’m going to look at converting some of the more popular Unix based tools to PowerShell. wc The Unix “w...
PowerShell is definitely gaining momentum in the windows scripting world but I still hear folks wanting to rely on unix based tools to get their job done.  In this series of posts I’m going to look at converting some of the more popular Unix based tools to PowerShell. head The Unix ...
PowerShell is definitely gaining momentum in the windows scripting world but I still hear folks wanting to rely on unix based tools to get their job done.  In this series of posts I’m going to look at converting some of the more popular Unix based tools to PowerShell. which For this...
Yes it's true, but it's not exactly what you would think... In mid-2007, Google acquired the "one phone number for all your phones" startup GrandCentral Communications.  The concept is that you register to get a single phone number that you'll be able to keep for life.  The magic of G...
Last Thursday night Hal (@halr9000) and Jon (@jonwalz) over at the PowerScripting Podcast had me on their weekly podcast for episode #61.  Hal and Jon are both highly esteemed in the PowerShell community and I caught their attention with my recent PowerShell ABC's blog series. Durin...
A few weeks ago I was scanning through my daily PowerTips from PowerShell.com and came across one that covered Using COM Objects to Say Hi. In this tip, they describe how to use the Microsoft Speech API (SAPI) to convert text to play through the the windows audio system.  Of course I ...
With yesterday's post, another 26 blog posts are in the can.  For those who missed the first 26 PowerShell ABC's, here's the complete list.     Arithmetic Operators: Unlike strongly typed languages like C/C++ and Java, PowerShell is a dynamically typed ...
This just came across the wire:  The UK based website ITPRO just published the first public review of F5's VIPRION On-Demand Application Delivery Controller.  Let's see how it fared: Rating: 5 out of 6 stars Price: £83000 "Targeting enterprises and service...
Continuing on from yesterdays post on Japanese Marketing with iRules, today I've got a new one for you.  Today's Japanese Marketing sheet is brought to you by TMOS.  As I did with the iRules version from yesterday, I'll pass along my interpretation of what's...
It's been a while since the last version of the SDK has been released and it looks like it's that time again. So, whip out your zip program, and head on over to the iControl downloads page and be the first one on your block to get your hands on the latest and greatest iControl...
A few weeks ago I blogged about a new search kid in town. Well, the F5 town is getting a little bit bigger every day! You have have noticed our subtle blog posts these past few weeks. Lori kicked it off with her "Imagine" posts on Performance, Manageability, and Intelligence...
The iControl SDK is the definitive guide to building applications to remotely manage your F5 devices. In this video feature, Joe walks through the iControl SDK in it's various forms and gives some insights into how to make sense of it all.  
In this tutorial, Joe walks through downloading, installing, configuring, and using the iControl PowerShell Snapin. He walks through and demonstrates several of the available CmdLets.
For *Nix systems and their users, FirePass does not use any proprietary "voodoo" to generate SSL VPN tunnels. The underlying technology is nothing more complex than PPP over SSL, coupled with unique session-based authentication. Internally, F5 has used this to our advantage f...