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Any experience connecting F5 LB to Nexus 5K?

I'd be interested in hearing if you have connected an F5 load balancer cluster to an N5500 pair. 

Are there any caveats or lessons learned you could share?  Any odd behavior?

BTW, we are using v6.0.2 and we have an l3 card.

I'd appreciate any insights.


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Any experience connecting F5 LB to Nexus 5K?

Hello Will,

Please find the below link for BIG-IP adminstrative guide.



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