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F5 BIG-IP – F5 Networks Administering BIG-IP

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Overview

This course gives network administrators, network operators, and network engineers a functional understanding of the BIG-IP 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 course includes lecture, hands-on labs, interactive demonstrations, and discussions.

Target Audience

This course is intended for network administrators, operators, and engineers responsible for managing the normal day-to-day operation and administration of a BIG-IP application delivery network. This course presents the prerequisite knowledge for many other of F5’s BIG-IP instructor-led training courses.

Prerequisites

OSI model, TCP/IP addressing and routing, WAN, LAN environments, and server redundancy concepts. 

Course Objectives

  • Describe the role of the BIG-IP system as a full proxy device in an application delivery network
  • Set up, start/restart/stop, license, and provision the BIG-IP system out-of-the-box
  • Create a basic network configuration on the BIG-IP system including VLANs and self IPs
  • Use the Configuration utility and TMSH to manage BIG-IP resources such as virtual servers, pools, pool members, nodes, profiles, and monitors
  • Create, restore from, and manage BIG-IP archives
  • View resource status, availability, and statistical information and use this information to determine how the BIG-IP system is currently processing traffic
  • Use profiles to manipulate the way the BIG-IP system processes traffic through a virtual server
  • Perform basic troubleshooting and problem determination activities including using the iHealth diagnostic tool
  • Support, and view traffic flow using TCPDUMP
  • Understand and manage user roles and partitions
  • Configure and manage a sync-failover device group with more than two members
  • Configure stateful failover using connection mirroring and persistence mirroring

Full Course Outline

Lesson 1: Setting Up the BIG-IP System

  • Introducing the BIG-IP System 
  • Initially Setting Up the BIG-IP System 
  • Configuring the Management Interface 
  • Activating the Software License 
  • Provisioning Modules and Resources 
  • Importing a Device Certificate 
  • Specifying BIG-IP Platform Properties 
  • Configuring the Network 
  • Configuring Network Time Protocol (NTP) Servers 
  • Configuring Domain Name System (DNS) Settings 
  • Configuring High Availability Options 
  • Archiving the BIG-IP Configuration 
  • Leveraging F5 Support Resources and Tools

Lesson 2: Traffic Processing Building Blocks

  • Identifying BIG-IP Traffic Processing Objects 
  • Configuring Virtual Servers and Pools 
  • Load Balancing Traffic 
  • Viewing Module Statistics and Logs 
  • Using the Traffic Management Shell (TMSH) 
  • Understanding the TMSH Hierarchical Structure 
  • Navigating the TMSH Hierarchy 
  • Managing BIG-IP Configuration State and Files 
  • BIG-IP System Configuration State 
  • Loading and Saving the System Configuration 
  • Shutting Down and Restarting the BIG-IP System 
  • Saving and Replicating Configuration Data (UCS and SCF)

Lesson 3: Using NATs and SNATs

  • Address Translation on the BIG-IP System 
  • Mapping IP Addresses with NATs 
  • Solving Routing Issues with SNATs 
  • Configuring SNAT Auto Map on a Virtual Server 
  • Monitoring for and Mitigating Port Exhaustion

Lesson 4: Monitoring Application Health

  • Introducing Monitors 
  • Types of Monitors 
  • Monitor Interval and Timeout Settings 
  • Configuring Monitors 
  • Assigning Monitors to Resources 
  • Managing Pool, Pool Member, and Node Status 
  • Using the Network Map

Lesson 5: Modifying Traffic Behavior with Profiles

  • Introducing Profiles 
  • Understanding Profile Types and Dependencies 
  • Configuring and Assigning Profiles 
  • Introducing SSL Offload and SSL Re-Encryption 
  • Managing Object State

Lesson 6: Modifying Traffic Behavior with Persistence

  • Understanding the Need for Persistence 
  • Introducing Source Address Affinity Persistence 
  • Managing Object State

Lesson 7: Administering the BIG-IP System

  • Configuring Logging 
  • Legacy Remote Logging 
  • Introducing High Speed Logging (HSL) 
  • High-Speed Logging Filters 
  • HSL Configuration Objects 
  • Configuring High Speed Logging 
  • Using TCPDUMP on the BIG-IP System 
  • Leveraging the BIG-IP iHealth System 
  • Viewing BIG-IP System Statistics 
  • Defining User Roles and Administrative Partitions 
  • Leveraging vCMP

Lesson 8: Configuring High Availability

  • Introducing Device Service Clustering (DSC) 
  • Preparing to Deploy a DSC Configuration 
  • Configuring DSC Communication Settings 
  • Establishing Device Trust 
  • Establishing a Sync-Failover Device Group 
  • Synchronizing Configuration Data 
  • Exploring Traffic Group Behavior 
  • Understanding Failover Managers and Triggers 
  • Achieving Stateful Failover with Mirroring
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