F5 Networks Administering BIG-IP v12 or v13


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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.

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.​


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 
  • 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) 
  • Managing BIG-IP Configuration State and Files 
  • 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 NAT 
  • 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 
  • Understanding the Need for Persistence 
  • Introducing Source Address Affinity Persistence 
  • Introducing Cookie Persistence 
  • Introducing SSL Offload and SSL Re-Encryption 
  • Managing Object State
Lesson 6 : Administering the BIG-IP System
  • Configuring 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 7 : Customizing Application Delivery with iRules
  • Identifying iRules Components 
  • Triggering iRules with Events 
  • Leveraging the iRules Ecosystem on DevCentral
Lesson 8 : Additional Training and Certification
  • Getting Started Series Web-Based Training 
  • F5 Instructor Led Training Curriculum 
  • F5 Professional Certification Program
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