Configuring BIG-IP on VIPRION (BIG-IP-VPR)

This course provides network professionals with a functional understanding of the BIG-IP VIPRION chassis platform. This course includes an overview of chassis platforms, hardware options, Clustered Multi-Processing (CMP) and virtual CMP (vCMP) deployment options. This course includes lectures, demonstrations, hands-on labs and discussions.

Topics covered in this course include:
  • Installation, license and setup of the BIG-IP VIPRION system
  • VIPRION chassis and blade hardware options overview
  • Clustered Multi-Processing (CMP)
  • Configuring virtual CMP (vCMP) host and guests
  • High-Availability with vCMP and non-vCMP systems
  • Hardware maintenance and basic troubleshooting
  • Lab projects

By course completion, the student should be able to identify various VIPRION chassis and hardware options, perform an initial configuration of the BIG-IP VIPRION system, and configure vCMP host and guests. Additionally, the student should be able to monitor, administer, and perform basic troubleshooting tasks on traffic processed by the BIG-IP VIPRION System.

Course length: 1 day


This course is intended for network operators, network administrators, network engineers, and network architects responsible for installation, setup, configuration, and administration of the BIG-IP VIPRION system. The student can also benefit from attending Configuring BIG-IP LTM course and several months experience configuring the BIG-IP LTM product before attending this course.


Students should be familiar with the BIG-IP LTM system and, in particular, how to setup and configure a BIG-IP LTM system, including virtual servers, pools, profiles, VLANs and self-IPs.

Students are required to complete one of the following F5 prerequisites before attending this course:
  • Administering BIG-IP V11 instructor-led course
  • F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator

In addition, the following web-based courses will be very helpful for any student with limited BIG-IP LTM administration and configuration:
  • Getting Started with BIG-IP web-based training
  • Getting Started with BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) web-based training

Students should understand:
  • TMOS administration
  • Network concepts and configuration
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Course Outline: 

Chapter 1: Setting Up the BIG-IP System
  • Introducing the BIG-IP System
  • Initially Setting Up the BIG-IP System
  • Backing Up and Restoring BIG-IP Configurations
  • Leveraging F5 Support Resources and Tools

Chapter 2: VIPRION Overview
  • BIG-IP Hardware Platforms
  • Ask F5 Resources

Chapter 3: vCMP Guest Creation
  • What is CMP?
  • What is vCMP?
  • vCMP Licensing and Provisioning
  • Flexible Resource Allocation
  • Guest Management Network Modes
  • Core and Guest Metrics per Blade

Chapter 4: vCMP Guest High-Availability
  • High Availability in vCMP Systems
  • High Availability Configuration
  • Cluster High Availability
  • Configure a Cluster for Redundancy

Chapter 5: VIPRION Hardware
  • VIRION Hardware Introduction
  • VIPRION 2000 Series Components
  • Cabling Options
  • VIPRION 4000 Series Components
  • VIPRION Features and Technologies

Chapter 6: Hardware Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Adding a New Blade
  • VIPRION Commands and Troubleshooting
  • VIPRION Troubleshooting Techniques