Cookie Persistence Inactivity Tracker

Problem this snippet solves:

iRule intended to be used in conjunction with BIG-IP Cookie Insert persistence (that doesn't have in-memory entries that can be viewed). The iRule creates "fake" persistence entries which aren't used for persistence, but allow administrators to track whether there is still activity to a server (that presumably has been soft-disabled) to see if sessions have finished bleeding off of that server.

Cookie to track could be BIGIP... cookie or other session cookie (even if session cookie [JSESSIONID] isn't used for BIG-IP server persistence).

How to use this snippet:

Apply iRule to virtual server.

Edit static variables in RULE_INIT section (cookie name to use and inactivity value).

once rule is in place, you can use "show ltm persistence persist node-addr a.b.c.d" to check on whether there's activity to the node you are bleeding traffic from.

Code :

#This iRule is intended to be used in conjunction with F5 cookie persistence (default insert type)
#By looking at persistence table entries on GUI or TMSH (show ltm persistence persist-records; you can
#assess whether sessions have "bled" away from a server after disabling it
#Note the default BIG-IP cookie persistence algorithm doesn't create in-memory persistence records
#This iRule doesn't implement persistence, only uses the persistence engine to track activity to nodes
#Cookie insert persistence will stil be what is honored
#c.jenison at (Chad Jenison)

when RULE_INIT {
    set static::cookiename "BIGipServerubuntu-tomcat"
    # set sessioninactivitytime to value in seconds before you want persistence records to timeout
    set static::sessioninactivitytime 300

    if {[HTTP::cookie exists $static::cookiename]} {
        if {[persist lookup uie [HTTP::cookie $static::cookiename]] ne ""}{
            log local0. "Cookie $static::cookiename : [HTTP::cookie $static::cookiename]"
        } else {
            set requestcookievalue [HTTP::cookie $static::cookiename]

    if {[HTTP::cookie exists $static::cookiename]}{
        persist add uie [HTTP::cookie $static::cookiename] $static::sessioninactivitytime
        log local0. "Saw $static::cookiename cookie set with value: [HTTP::cookie $static::cookiename]"
    } elseif {[info exists requestcookievalue]}{
        persist add uie $requestcookievalue $static::sessioninactivitytime
        unset requestcookievalue
Published Aug 19, 2015
Version 1.0

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