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Shrinking your Url’s is all the rage nowadays.  If you are on Twitter, then odds are you have used one.  Despite CodingHorror’s distaste for them in his recent blog post on Url Shorteners: Destroying the Web since 2002, they are a fact of life when we live in a world of 140 character status updates. So what’s a URL shrinking service anyway?  Well, to put it simply, you supply them with a URL, they then supply you with a shorter URL containing a lookup “key”.  When future requests are made to this shorter URL, connections are routed to that services website where they convert the short URL to the original URL and issue a HTTP Redirect back to your browser to send you off to the original long url website. So, what’s a guy, or gal, to do if they want to set their status programmatically on Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, or the other gazillion social networking sites ... (more)

iRule Editor v11.0.1

Fixes have been piling and I finally got my act together and released the latest version of the iRule Editor with support for BIG-IP version 11.0.  Here are a few things that are mentioned in the Updated to the v11.0.0.1 iControl.dll While this won’t be something you really “see” as a UI enhancement, it was needed as a basis for some of the upcoming features in the next release.  Be on the lookout for folders and session management in the near future. Support for v10+ format name/value pair data groups. Prior to BIG-IP version 10, we limited data groups to a single value (either ... (more)

Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - API Automation

Articles in this series: Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Overview, Installation, and Configuration Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Custom Sensors Part 1 Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Custom Sensors Part 2 Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Custom Notifications In the previous articles in this series, I’ve talked about the PRTG Network Monitor and how you can customize it by building your own sensors and notifications.  In this article, I’m going to look at the API that you can use to automate some of the manual tasks you would likely have to do on a da... (more)

Converting a Cisco ACE configuration file to F5 BIG-IP Format

In September, Cisco announced that it was ceasing development and pulling back on sales of its Application Control Engine (ACE) load balancing modules.  Customers of Cisco’s ACE product line will now have to look for a replacement product to solve their load balancing and application delivery needs. One of the first questions that will come up when a customer starts looking into replacement products surrounds the issue of upgradability.  Will the customer be able to import their current configuration into the new technology or will they have to start with the new product ... (more)

Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - API Automation

Articles in this series: Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Overview, Installation, and Configuration Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Custom Sensors Part 1 Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Custom Sensors Part 2 Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Custom Notifications In the previous articles in this series, I’ve talked about the PRTG Network Monitor and how you can customize it by building your own sensors and notifications.  In this article, I’m going to look at the API that you can use to automate some of the manual tasks you would likely have to do on a da... (more)