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This 5-day bundle course covers the following 2 courses:

 Administering BIG-IP v15.1

This 2-day 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.

Topics covered:

• Getting started with the BIG-IP system

• Traffic processing with BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM)

• Using TMSH (TMOS Shell) command line interface

• Using NATs and SNATs

• Monitoring application health and managing object status

• Modifying traffic behavior with profiles, including SSL offload and re-encryption

• 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), and using TCPDUMP

• User roles and administrative partitions

• vCMP concepts

• Configuring high availability (including active/standby and connection and persistence mirroring)

Configuring BIG-IP LTM v15.1: Local Traffic Manager

This 3-day 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.

Topics covered:

• BIG-IP initial setup (licensing, provisioning, and network configuration)

• A review of BIG-IP local traffic configuration objects

• Using dynamic load balancing methods

• Modifying traffic behavior with persistence (including SSL, SIP, universal, and destination address affinity persistence)

• Monitoring application health with Layer 3, Layer 4, and Layer 7 monitors (including transparent, scripted, and external monitors)

• Processing traffic with virtual servers (including network, forwarding, and reject virtual servers)

• Processing traffic with SNATs (including SNAT pools and SNATs as listeners)

• Modifying traffic behavior with profiles (including TCP profiles, advanced HTTP profile options, caching, compression, and OneConnect profiles)

• Advanced BIG-IP LTM configuration options (including VLAN tagging and trunking, SNMP features, packet filters, and route domains)

• Customizing application delivery with iRules and local traffic policies

• Securing application delivery using BIG-IP LTM


This course is intended for system and network administrators, operators, and engineers responsible for managing the normal day-to-day operation and administration of a BIG-IP application delivery network, and installation, setup, configuration, and administration of the BIG-IP LTM system.

Skills Gained

At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

Administering BIG-IP v15.1

• 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

Configuring BIG-IP LTM v15.1: Local Traffic Manager

• 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 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


The following free web-based training courses, although optional, will be very helpful for any student with limited BIG-IP administration and configuration experience. 

These courses are available at LearnF5 (https://www.f5.com/services/training):

• Getting Started with BIG-IP

• Getting Started with BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) web-based training

The following general network technology knowledge and experience are recommended before attending any F5 Global Training Services instructor-led course:

• OSI model encapsulation

• Routing and switching

• Ethernet and ARP

• TCP/IP concepts

• IP addressing and subnetting

• NAT and private IP addressing

• Default gateway

• Network firewalls

• LAN vs. WAN


F5 Networks is the leader in application security and availability. F5 Solutions ensure that applications are always secure and perform the way they should – anywhere, anytime, and on any device.

F5 Networks training courses will give you the knowledge needed to install and configure F5 Networks solutions including LTM, ASM, DNS, APM, AFM, AAM, Viprion, Big-IQ, iApps, and iRules.

F5 trainers bring to the classroom decades of extensive experience. All F5 Networks courses consist of Lectures, Labs, and Discussions and are available either in a classroom setting or as virtual live courses.

Network professionals intending to attend F5 Networks courses are required to be proficient with Basic PC operation and application skills, Windows OS & Basic Web Browser operation (HTTP).


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