BIG-IP Administration & Configuration Bundle (F5-BIG-ADMIN-CFG)

This course prepares the student for the Level 101 and 201 exams to become BIG-IP Administrator and it prepares the student for the Level 301a and 301b exams to become Certified Technology Specialist on LTM. This course is a combination of the two-day F5 BIG-IP Administration and the 3-day Configuration LTM courses. 

The first two days of the course give network administrators, network operators, and network engineers a functional understanding of the BIG-IP® v11.x system as it is commonly deployed in an application delivery network. The course introduces students to the BIG-IP system, its configuration objects, how it processes traffic, and how typical administrative and operational activities are performed.
The last 3 days of the course give network professionals a functional understanding of BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) v11, introducing students to both commonly used and advanced LTM features. Incorporating lecture, extensive hands-on labs, and classroom discussion, the course helps students build the well-rounded skill set needed to manage BIG-IP LTM systems as part of a flexible and high performance application delivery network. 

Target audience: This course is intended for system and network administrators responsible for installation, setup, configuration, and administration of the BIG-IP LTM system.

Prerequisites: There are no required F5 prerequisites for this course, but completing one of the following before attending would be very helpful for students unfamiliar with BIG-IP:

  • Getting Started with BIG-IP web-based training

Students should understand:

  • Network concepts and configuration

Follow on course: The F5 curriculum offers many courses on LTM, ASM, APM and iRules,which can be taken as a follow on course. Please contact us for more information.

Objectives: At the end of this course, the student should be able to:
BIG-IP Administration
  • Getting started with the BIG-IP system
  • Traffic processing with BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM)
  • Using NATs and SNATs
  • Using the Traffic Management Shell (tmsh)
  • Monitoring application health and managing object status
  • Modifying traffic behavior with profiles, including SSL offload (client SSL termination)
  • Modifying traffic behavior with persistence, including source address affinity and cookie persistence
  • Troubleshooting the BIG-IP system, including logging (local, high-speed, and legacy remote logging), monitoring the BIG-IP system remotely with SNMP, and using tcpdump
  • Always-On Management (AOM)
  • License, disk, boot location, and software management
  • User roles and administrative partitions
  • CMP and vCMP concepts
  •  Customizing application delivery with iRules

Configuring BIG-IP LTM
  • Set up the BIG-IP LTM System
  • Load Balancing, including priority group activation and connection limits
  • Persistence concepts, including universal persistence and match across services
  • Monitors, including scripted monitors and managing multiple monitors
  • Profiles, including compression, caching, and F5 acceleration technologies
  • Deploying iApps
  • Highly Availability, including Sync-Failover and Sync-Only device groups, traffic groups, and N+1 concepts
  • Forwarding and network virtual servers, path load balancing, and auto last hop
  • Configuring local traffic policies
  • Implementing SNATs
  • IPv6 and route domains
  • Configuring iRules.

BIG-IP Administration
  • Chapter 1: Setting Up the BIG-IP System
  • Chapter 2: Traffic Processing Building Blocks
  • Chapter 3: Using NATs and SNATs
  • Chapter 4: Using the Traffic Management Shell (tmsh)
  • Chapter 5: Monitoring Application Health
  • Chapter 6: Modifying Traffic Behavior with Profiles
  • Chapter 7: Modifying Traffic Behavior with Persistence
  • Chapter 8: Troubleshooting the BIG-IP System
  • Chapter 9: Administering the BIG-IP System
  • Chapter 10: Customizing Application Delivery with iRules

Configuring BIG-IP LTM
  • Chapter 1: Setting Up the BIG-IP System
  • Chapter 2: Review and Lab Project
  • Chapter 3: Load Balancing
  • Chapter 4: Persistence
  • Chapter 5: Monitors
  • Chapter 6: Virtual Servers
  • Chapter 7: SNATs
  • Chapter 8: Configuring High Availability
  • Chapter 9: Configuring High Availability Part 2
  • Chapter 10: Profiles
  • Chapter 11: Selected Topics
  • Chapter 13: iRules

Certification: This course prepares the student for the Level 101 and Level 201 exams, to become Certified BIG-IP Administrator. On top of that, it prepares the student for the Level 301a and Level 301b exams, to become Certified Technology Specialist on LTM. 

Duration: 5 days