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The bigpipe utility provides command line access to the BIG-IP system or Enterprise Manager software.


BIOS stands for Basic Input/Output System. The BIOS is software that is built-in to the computer and determines what the computer can do without accessing programs from a disk.

Configuration utility

The Configuration utility is the browser-based application that you use to configure the software.


DHCP stands for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. It is a protocol used to assign dynamic IP addresses to network devices. When using DHCP, a network device can have a different IP address each time it connects to the network.


DNS stands for Domain Name System. It is a service that translates domain names into IP addresses. For example, the domain name might translate to


LCD stands for liquid crystal display. An LCD panel is available on the front of the 500 platform. You can use the LCD and its associated controls to configure the management port on the unit and view basic statistics.


NIC stands for Network Interface Card. It is an expansion board used to connect a computer to a network.


A port is represented by a number that is associated with a specific service supported by a host. Refer to the Services and Port Index for a list of port numbers and corresponding services.


PXE stands for Pre-Boot Execution Environment, a network boot method. It allows you to boot a computer from a server on a network before you boot the operating system on the local hard drive.


SFP GBIC stands for small form factor pluggable (SFP) gigabit interface converter (GBIC).


SSH is a protocol for secure remote login and other secure network services over a non-secure network.


SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It is a protocol that uses a public key to encrypt data transmitted through the Internet over an SSL connection. URLs using an SSL connection start with HTTPS: instead of HTTP:.


The portion of a network that shares a common address component. For instance, on TCP/IP networks, a subnetwork is all devices whose IP addresses have the same prefix segment.


Telnet is a terminal emulation program for TCP/IP networks. Telnet runs on your computer and connects it to a server on the network. It then allows you to enter and execute commands as though you were directly connected to the server console.

terminal emulator

A terminal emulator is a program that mimics a terminal.

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