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LTM L4 Monitor's on Pool-Member's via Proxies




I could not find any relevant questions on the DevCentral DB, and thought it also may help other's if we can collaborate on an answer. I am currently testing this myself, and will update results shortly.


If a back-end pool-member is reachable from the F5 self-IP address or floating address via a proxy which could be intercepting on the service-port and acting as a L3 inter-vlan routing device to reach the pool-member. I assume that the health-monitor for example if using a standard TCP monitor with an alias service port E.G TCP80 will send a SYN and actually establish a three-way handshake with the proxy rather than the pool-member? Does the F5 L4 health-monitor's have any kind of mechanism that could prevent this almost "spoofing-like" behaviour? Unfortunately most captures at present on an example proxy shows both F5 and server IP address due to the proxy is acting on behalf of the pool-member.


Many thanks in advance.