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DenisG
F5 Employee
F5 Employee

Problem this snippet solves:

Customer was asking how to connect to version 14 BigIP with PowerShell. They were previously using version 13 and everything worked with this code:

Add-PSSnapin iControlSnapin;

Write-Output "Initializing F5 iControl..."

Initialize-F5.iControl -HostName $bigiphostname -Username $bigipuser -Password $bigippw

But on version 14 it wouldn't connect. After much searching and testing I found that the BigIPReporter guy https://devcentral.f5.com/s/profile/0051T000008u1WRQAY Figured it out, and I shamelessly stole his code and made it into this shorter snippet.


His larger Reporter Code can be found here

https://devcentral.f5.com/s/articles/bigip-report


Also for the poor sucker that is trying to find the powershell module snapin - try here - https://cdn.f5.com/websites/devcentral.f5.com/downloads/f5-icontrol-powershell-snapin-13_1_0.zip - unblock it at the file explorer level, extract and run it. Then download the github repo for the newer code from here - https://github.com/f5devcentral/f5-icontrol-powershell-snapin - saving it into the F5 directory that was created in the previous step. Then run the installation steps that are detailed in the GitHub code.

How to use this snippet:

Create a file called TestConnection.ps1 and copy in the code changing the values for the first three lines to reflect your environment.

Code :

#Change these values
$BigIPUser = 'admin'
$BigIPPW = 'password'
$BigIPName = '192.168.0.245'
 
#Begin Script
$User = $BigIPUser
$Password = $BigIPPW
 
#Create the string that is converted to Base64
 
$Credentials = $User + ":" + $Password
 
#Encode the string to base64
 
$EncodedCreds = [System.Convert]::ToBase64String([System.Text.Encoding]::ASCII.GetBytes($Credentials))
 
#Add the "Basic prefix"
$BasicAuthValue = "Basic $EncodedCreds"
$headers = New-Object "System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary[[String],[String]]"
$headers.Add("Authorization", $BasicAuthValue)
 
#set the connection to TLS 1.2
[Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12
 
#Create the body of the post
 
$Body = @{"username" = $User; "password" = $Password; "loginProviderName" = "tmos" }
 
#Convert the body to Json
 
$Body = $Body | ConvertTo-Json
 
$Response  = Invoke-RestMethod -Method "POST" -Headers $headers -Body $Body -Uri "https://$BigIPName/mgmt/shared/authn/login" -ContentType 'application/json'
Write-Output "Auth token:"
Write-Output $Response.token
 
$success = Initialize-F5.iControl -Username 'admin' -Password 'G00fy123' -HostName '192.168.3.103'
Write-Output "Sucessfully innitialized BigIP: $success"
 
$F5 = Get-F5.iControl
$BigIPHostname = $F5.SystemInet.get_hostname()
Write-Output "BigIP Hostname: $BigIPHostname"

Tested this on version:

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Last update:
‎03-Jun-2019 09:50
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