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Manual Chapter: Working with Application Connector
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About configuring your BIG-IP system for Application Connector

You must perform a basic configuration of your BIG-IP® system before it can work with Application Connector.

Creating a pool for Application Connector Proxy traffic

You can create a pool that will contain nodes to enable the virtual server to process incoming connections from Application Connector™ Service Center.
  1. On the Main tab, click Local Traffic > Pools .
    The Pool List screen opens.
  2. Click Create.
    The New Pool screen opens.
  3. In the Name field, type a unique name for the pool.
  4. For the New Members setting, you will eventually add nodes to the pool, but for now you can start with no members.
  5. Click Finished.
The new pool appears in the Pools list.

Create a virtual server to manage application traffic

You can create a virtual server to manage application traffic.
  1. On the Main tab, click Local Traffic > Virtual Servers .
    The Virtual Server List screen opens.
  2. Click the Create button.
    The New Virtual Server screen opens.
  3. In the Name field, type a unique name for the virtual server.
  4. In the Destination Address field, type an IPv4 or IPv6 address in CIDR format (for example, 10.2.3.134/32 or 2001:ed8:77b5:2:10:10:100:42/128).
    Note: The IP address for this field needs to be on the same subnet as the external self-IP address.
  5. In the Service Port field, type 80, or select HTTP from the list.
  6. From the HTTP Profile list, select http.
  7. For the SSL Profile (Client) setting, from the Available list, select clientssl, and using the Move button, move the name to the Selected list.
  8. In the Resources area of the screen, from the Default Pool list, select the relevant pool name.
  9. Click Finished.
  10. Optional: If you would like to use cookie persistence on this virtual server, from the Default Persistence Profile list, select a previously configured cookie persistence profile.
The HTTP virtual server is now available with the specified settings.

About health monitors for Application Connector

Application Connector requires that you use an external monitor to check the health of services. There are three available external monitor types that are available with Application Connector:

ac_http_mon
Use this monitor to check HTTP health.
ac_https_mon
Use this monitor to check HTTPS health.
ac_tcp_mon
Use this monitor to check TCP health.

Create a health monitor

On installation, Application Connector™ automatically creates instances of the three health monitors. Optionally, you can create your own instances of external health monitors to use with Application Connector.
  1. Log in to the BIG-IP Configuration utility.
  2. On the Main tab, click Local Traffic > Monitors .
    The Monitor List screen opens.
  3. Click Create.
    The New Monitor screen opens.
  4. Type a name for the monitor.
    For example: my_ac_http_monitor.
  5. From the Type list, select External.
  6. From the External Program list, select one of the available monitors for Application Connector.
    For example: ac_http_mon.
  7. For the Arguments setting, type two parameters: the send string, followed by the receive string, separated by a space.
    For example: /index.php OK
  8. Click Finished.

Assign a health monitor to your proxy traffic pool

You can create an external health monitor to use with Application Connector.
  1. Log in to the BIG-IP Configuration utility.
  2. On the Main tab, click Local Traffic > Pools .
    The Pool List screen opens.
  3. Click Create.
    The New Pool screen opens.
  4. Click your proxy traffic pool.
  5. For the Health Monitors setting, from the Available list, select one of the Application Connector monitors and move the monitor to the Active list.
  6. Click Update.
  7. Click Pools : Pool List.
    The status for the proxy traffic pool is now green.

Uninstall Application Connector

You can remove Application Connector from your F5® device. This requires removing components from both the Service Center and the Proxy.
  1. Log in to the Proxy using the public IP address for your Linux instance.
  2. In the Service Center Connections section, click Disconnect next to the service center that you want to remove.
  3. Log in to the BIG-IP Configuration utility.
  4. On the Main tab, click iApps > Application Services > Applications LX .
  5. Click the application name to open the Application Connector Service Center.
  6. Click Proxies to view connected proxies.
  7. Select all proxies that you want to delete, and click Delete.
  8. On the Main tab, click iApps > Application Services > Applications LX .
  9. Select the application that you want to undeploy, and click Undeploy.
  10. Select the application that you want to delete, and click Delete.
This removes all cloud nodes from pools, all cloud nodes from the BIG-IP® system, all iRules® from virtual servers, and all installed plugins.
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