F5 Python SDK Basics: Code Examples

The Python SDK for F5 is amazing. I love using it, but the learning curve can be steep. In some situations a network engineer wants to automate some tasks, without learning the ins-and-outs of this SDK or Python in general. F5's documentation of the SDK is great (bookmark it), but the examples are basic and … Continue reading F5 Python SDK Basics: Code Examples

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Debug SSL Handshake Failures (F5, *nix)

This article primarily applies to debugging SSL handshake failures on F5 LTM, but it can be used on any device with tcpdump.  It can be tricky to truly understand who is affected when you change settings on your F5 SSL profiles. F5 has a handy little counter under the Statistics tab for your virtual-server, but … Continue reading Debug SSL Handshake Failures (F5, *nix)

F5 Local Authentication using Active Directory or LDAP

The following instructions will cover how to deploy Active Directory or LDAP authentication with the primary goal of logging in to the F5 device with LDAP credentials.. F5 provides a few key articles that build the basis for this summary. Found here, here and here. Key Information Local users with the same name as an AD … Continue reading F5 Local Authentication using Active Directory or LDAP

Cloud-Based Web Application Check-Script

Monitoring applications can be tricky. As a network engineer it's important that the applications that I serve up are available and working properly. To network engineers it's important that resources are up and running from the Internet. This script checks a variety of aspects pertaining to a public URL. Availability (TCP ports) Content matching (HTTP GET) … Continue reading Cloud-Based Web Application Check-Script