F5 BIG-IP LTM – F5 Networks Configuring BIG-IP® LTM: Local Traffic Manager


This course gives network professionals a functional understanding of BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager, introducing students to both commonly used and advanced BIG-IP LTM features and functionality. 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.

Course Information

Price: $2,995.00
Duration: 3 days
Learning Credits:
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Administering BIG-IP, OSI model, TCP/IP addressing and routing, WAN, LAN environments, and server redundancy concepts; or having achieved TMOS Administration Certification.


Target Audience:

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


Course Objectives:

  • Back up the BIG-IP system configuration for safekeeping
  • Configure virtual servers, pools, monitors, profiles, and persistence objects
  • Test and verify application delivery through the BIG-IP system using local traffic statistics
  • Configure priority group activation on a load balancing pool to allow servers to be activated only as needed to process traffic
  • Compare and contrast member-based and node-based dynamic load balancing methods
  • Configure connection limits to place a threshold on traffic volume to particular pool members and nodes
  • Differentiate between cookie, SSL, SIP, universal, and destination address affinity persistence, and describe use cases for each
  • Describe the three Match Across Services persistence options and use cases for each
  • Configure health monitors to appropriately monitor application delivery through a BIG-IP system
  • Configure different types of virtual services to support different types of traffic processing through a BIG-IP system
  • Configure different types of SNATs to support routing of traffic through a BIG-IP system
  • Configure VLAN tagging and trunking
  • Restrict administrative and application traffic through the BIG-IP system using packet filters, port lockdown, and virtual server settings
  • Configure SNMP alerts and traps in support of remote monitoring of the BIG-IP system
  • Use an F5-supplied iApp template to deploy and manage a website application service
  • Use iRules and local traffic policies appropriately to customize application delivery through the BIG-IP system
  • Configure the BIG-IP to detect and mitigate some common attacks at the network and application layers using LTM features such as SYN check, eviction policies, iRules and Local Traffic Policies


Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Setting Up the BIG-IP System

  • Introducing the BIG-IP System 
  • Initially Setting Up the BIG-IP System 
  • Archiving the BIG-IP Configuration 
  • Leveraging F5 Support Resources and Tools

Lesson 2: Reviewing Local Traffic Configuration

  • Reviewing Nodes, Pools, and Virtual Servers 
  • Reviewing Address Translation 
  • Reviewing Routing Assumptions 
  • Reviewing Application Health Monitoring 
  • Reviewing Traffic Behavior Modification with Profiles 
  • Reviewing the TMOS Shell (TMSH) 
  • Reviewing Managing BIG-IP Configuration Data

Lesson 3: Load Balancing Traffic with LTM

  • Exploring Load Balancing Options 
  • Using Priority Group Activation and Fallback Host 
  • Comparing Member and Node Load Balancing

Lesson 4: Modifying Traffic Behavior with Persistence

  • Reviewing Persistence 
  • Introducing Cookie Persistence 
  • Introducing SSL Persistence 
  • Introducing SIP Persistence 
  • Introducing Universal Persistence 
  • Introducing Destination Address Affinity Persistence 
  • Using Match Across Options for Persistence

Lesson 5: Monitoring Application Health

  • Differentiating Monitor Types 
  • Customizing the HTTP Monitor 
  • Monitoring an Alias Address and Port 
  • Monitoring a Path vs. Monitoring a Device 
  • Managing Multiple Monitors 
  • Using Application Check Monitors 
  • Using Manual Resume and Advanced Monitor Timer Settings

Lesson 6: Processing Traffic with Virtual Servers

  • Understanding the Need for Other Virtual Server Types 
  • Forwarding Traffic with a Virtual Server 
  • Understanding Virtual Server Order of Precedence 
  • Path Load Balancing

Lesson 7: Processing Traffic with SNATs

  • Overview of SNATs 
  • Using SNAT Pools 
  • SNATs as Listeners 
  • SNAT Specificity 
  • VIP Bounceback 
  • Additional SNAT Options 
  • Network Packet Processing Review

Lesson 8: Modifying Traffic Behavior with Profiles

  • Profiles Overview 
  • TCP Express Optimization 
  • TCP Profiles Overview 
  • HTTP Profile Options 
  • OneConnect 
  • Offloading HTTP Compression to BIG-IP 
  • HTTP Caching 
  • Stream Profiles 
  • F5 Acceleration Technologies

Lesson 9: Selected Topics

  • VLAN, VLAN Tagging, and Trunking 
  • Restricting Network Access 
  • SNMP Features 
  • Segmenting Network Traffic with Route Domains

Lesson 10: Deploying Application Services with iApps

  • Simplifying Application Deployment with iApps 
  • Using iApps Templates 
  • Deploying an Application Service 
  • Leveraging the iApps Ecosystem on DevCentral

Lesson 11: Customizing Application Delivery with iRules and Local Traffic Policies

  • Getting Started with iRules 
  • Triggering an iRule 
  • Introducing iRule Constructs 
  • Leveraging the DevCentral Ecosystem 
  • Deploying and Testing iRules 
  • Getting Started with Local Traffic Policies 
  • What Can You Do with a Local Traffic Policy? 
  • How Does a Local Traffic Policy Work? 
  • Understanding Local Traffic Policy Workflow 
  • Introducing the Elements of a Local Traffic Policy 
  • Specifying the Matching Strategy 
  • What Are Rules? 
  • Understanding Requires and Controls 
  • Configuring and Managing Policy Rules 
  • Configuring a New Rule 
  • Including Tcl in Certain Rule Settings

Lesson 12: Securing Application Delivery with LTM

  • Understanding Today’s Threat Landscape 
  • Integrating LTM Into Your Security Strategy 
  • Defending Your Environment Against SYN Flood Attacks 
  • Defending Your Environment Against Other Volumetric Attacks 
  • Addressing Application Vulnerabilities with iRules and Local Traffic Policies

Lesson 13: Final Lab Project

  • About the Final Lab Project 
  • Possible Solution to Lab 14.0