F5 Big-Ip System

F5 BIG-IP is a comprehensive suite of software and hardware solutions developed by F5 Networks. It’s designed to enhance application availability, access control, and security.

One can enhance the Big-Ip system with telemetry streaming capability to push the system's telemetry to the Apica Ascent observability platform.

The process, in brief, is

  1. Install the telemetry streaming package (plug-in) to the software.

  2. Configure the system telemetry streaming configuration base.

The telemetry streaming configuration base for Apica Ascent follows,

    "class": "Telemetry",
    "My_Consumer": {
        "class": "Telemetry_Consumer",
        "type": "Generic_HTTP",
        "host": "replace: Apica endpoint",
        "protocol": "https",
        "port": 443,
        "path": "/v1/json_batch",
        "method": "POST",
        "headers": [
                "name": "content-type",
                "value": "application/json"
                "name": "Authorization",
                "value": "Bearer `>@/passphrase`"
        "passphrase": {
            "cipherText": "replace: Apica API bearer token here"
        "outputMode": "processed",
        "compressionType": "gzip",
        "customOpts": [
            { "name": "keepAlive", "value": false },
            { "name": "maxSockets", "value": 30 },
            { "name": "maxFreeSockets", "value": 30 }

The passphrase is the ingestion API key obtained from the Apica Ascent platform. To retrieve it, refer to the following link: https://docs.apica.io/integrations/overview/generating-a-secure-ingest-token.

An optional setting to the above is not to verify the TLS using the optional +setting, allowSelfSignedCert=true,

// NO TLS verified

"allowSelfSignedCert": true,

F5 Big-Ip logs can also be shipped to remote Apica Ascent using the secure syslog port - 7514. If an insecure port is needed for trial, please let the Apica team know.

## Activate or goto TMO shell (tmsh)
% tmsh

## modify /sys syslog remote-servers add { <name> { host <IP address or FQDN> remote-port <port> }}
% modify /sys syslog remote-servers add { mysyslog { host remote-port 7514 }}

## save configuration
% save /sys config

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