Manual Chapter : Updating Signatures for Application Recognition

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  • 14.1.5, 14.1.4, 14.1.3, 14.1.2, 14.1.0
Manual Chapter

Updating Signatures for Application Recognition

Overview: Updating classification signatures

Classification signatures
define different types of traffic that Policy Enforcement Manager (PEM) can recognize, through Traffic Intelligence. PEM recognizes a predefined set of signatures for common applications and application categories that are updated periodically. You can download signature updates from F5 Networks, and schedule the system to automatically update the signatures. You can also manually install the classification signatures and updates, for example, if the BIG-IP® system does not have Internet access.

Task Summary

Scheduling automatic signature updates

You can set up the BIG-IP system to automatically update the classification signatures. This ensures that the system always has the latest classification signature files.
  1. On the Main tab, click
    Traffic Intelligence
    Signature Update
    The Signatures screen opens.
  2. Click
    Check for Updates
    to manually upload a signature file update if one is available.
    You see the current date and time in the
    Latest Update Check
    setting of the Signature Definitions area.
  3. To upload a signature file update, in the Signature Definitions area, click
    Import Signatures
    The Applications screen displays a
    Signatures File
    field where you can select the new signature file.
  4. In the
    Signatures File
    field, click
    Choose File
    to navigate to the previously uploaded signatures file.
  5. Click
    A message displays indicating whether your upload was successful.
  6. For the
    Automatic Updates Settings
    , in the
    Signature Update
    screen, select
  7. From the
    Update Schedule
    setting, select
    , or
    to specify how often you want the system to check for updates.
  8. Click
    to save your settings.
The signature updates take effect immediately.