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Administering BIG-IP v11


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  • 2 Days Course
    Network Management/Design

    Classroom + Online

    Course Details


    This course gives network administrators, network operators, and network engineers a functional understanding of the BIG-IP v11 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.


    Topics covered in this course include:

    • Setting Up the BIG-IP System
    • Traffic Processing with Local Traffic Manager (LTM)
    • Using NATs and SNATs
    • Using the Traffic Management Shell (TMSH)
    • Monitoring Application Health
    • Modifying Traffic Behavior with Profiles
    • Modifying Traffic Behavior with Persistence
    • Deploying Application Services with iApps
    • Troubleshooting the BIG-IP System
    • Administering the BIG-IP System
    • Customizing Application Delivery with iRules


    Chapter 1: Setting Up the BIG-IP System

    • Introducing the BIG-IP System
    • Initially Setting Up the BIG-IP System
    • Creating an Archive of the BIG-IP System

    Chapter 2: Traffic Processing Building Blocks

    • Identifying BIG-IP Traffic Processing Objects
    • Network Packet Flow
    • Configuring Virtual Servers and Pools
    • Load Balancing Concepts
    • Viewing Statistics and Logs

    Chapter 3: Using NATs and SNATs

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

    Chapter 4: Using the Traffic Management Shell (tmsh)

    • Traffic Management Shell (tmsh)
    • BIG-IP Configuration State and Files
    • Saving and Replicating Configuration Data (UCS and SCF)
    • Viewing the BIG-IP Connection Table

    Chapter 5: 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

    Chapter 6: Modifying Traffic Behavior with Profiles

    • Introducing Profiles
    • Understanding Profile Types and Dependencies
    • Configuring and Assigning Profiles
    • Introducing SSL Termination

    Chapter 7: Modifying Traffic Behavior with Persistence

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

    Chapter 8: Troubleshooting the BIG-IP System

    • Configuring Logging
    • Monitoring the BIG-IP System Remotely with SNMP
    • Using tcpdump on the BIG-IP System
    • Leveraging the BIG-IP iHealth System
    • Working with F5 Technical Support

    Chapter 9: Administering the BIG-IP System

    • Monitoring Network Health
    • Always-On Management (AOM)
    • License Dates and Upgrade Considerations
    • BIG-IP Disk and Software Management
    • Expanding Availability with Device Service Clustering
    • User Roles and Administrative Partitions
    • CMP and vCMP
    • iApps Overview

    Chapter 10: Customizing Application Delivery with iRules

    • iRules Concepts
    • iRules Events
    • iRules Resources

    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 c


    Students should understand:

    • Common elements of and differences between WAN and LAN components
    • TCP/IP Addressing and Routing including:
    • The Address Resolution Protocol
    • Direct and Indirect Routing
    • TCP Handshakes