The F5 BIG-IP hardware line is fairly amazing so needless to say I was really excited to find out that there was a VMware image and VirtualBox image available to trial. This allows people not only to check out the BIG-IP software, which is built on top of CentOS Linux, but also the ability to easily test configurations. Below I describe the process all the way from downloading the actual VMware image and launching the image in VMware Player to logging into the BIG-IP LTM VE instance and enabling the trial license.
After upgrading a couple sites to WordPress 3.1 and testing various things I finally got annoyed enough by the new Admin Bar. I definitely understand the purpose of such a bar but I rarely use WordPress for just blogging software so for me and I imagine for others the WordPress Admin Bar is just in the way. Luckily you can disable or enable this on a per user basis by editing each users profile. Below are example image and instructions for disabling the Admin Bar for a user.
Upgrading WordPress is typically fairly easy but you have to either upload every single file from the download or you have to weed what has been modified and what has not. Typically a list of modified files is provided by WordPress which makes it easy to follow along and upgrade your WP version however it is a pain to upload every single file in the release. The below article has two main objectives which first is to provide you an easy to read summary of enhancements, resolved bugs, and new features and second will be to provide you a zip file with only the modified files in the WordPress upgrade. We will do our best to provide such an article for all future WP releases within a couple days of the public release.
When setting up a BIG-IP instance as a VM or virtual machine there were various settings that I wanted to become more familiar with and make sure I understood. F5 typically has really great documentation but some of it can be hard to locate and filtering through pages and pages of information to find a small amount of information can be a pain. I will be writing numerous articles related to specific F5 BIG-IP settings even though that same information may easily be available from the F5 support site so people searching Google can hopefully find it much quicker. Below I describe the four Resource Provisioning Settings available for the F5 BIG-IP modules.
One of the requirements for initial configuration of the F5 BIG-IP LTM VE is to enter a license key. In this example we are configuring a BIG-IP LTM VE VMware image 90 day trial for testing. The way to accomplish this task is first login to the console using these instructions, next login to the BIG-IP LTM VE GUI using these instructions, and then follow the steps below which will walk you through activating the F5 BIG-IP LTM VE trial using the license key that was emailed to you by F5.