Manual Chapter : Updating Signatures for Application Recognition

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  • 12.1.6, 12.1.5, 12.1.4, 12.1.3, 12.1.2, 12.1.1, 12.1.0
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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 > Classification > 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 Upload.
    A message displays indicating whether your upload was successful.
  6. For the Automatic Updates Settings, in the Signature Update screen, select Enabled.
  7. From the Update Schedule setting, select Daily, Weekly, or Monthly to specify how often you want the system to check for updates.
  8. Click Update to save your settings.
The signature updates take effect immediately.