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This 3-day course gives network administrators, network operators, and network engineers a functional understanding of BIG-IP Access Policy Manager as it is commonly deployed in both application delivery network and remote access settings. 

The course introduces students to BIG-IP Access Policy Manager, its configuration objects, how it commonly deployed, and how typical administrative and operational activities are performed. 

The course includes lecture, hands-on labs, interactive demonstrations, and discussions.

Course Topics

• Getting started with the BIG-IP system

• APM Traffic Processing and APM Configuration Wizards

• APM Access Policies, Access Profiles

• Visual Policy Editor, Branches and Endings

• APM Portal Access and Rewrite Profiles

• Single Sign-On and Credential Caching

• APM Network Access and BIG-IP Edge Client

• Layer 4 and Layer 7 Access Control Lists

• APM Application Access and Webtop Types

• Remote Desktop, Optimized Tunnels and Webtop Links

• LTM Concepts including Virtual Servers, Pools, Monitors and SNAT'ing

• APM + LTM Use Case for Web Applications

• Visual Policy Editor Macros

• AAA Servers and Authentication and Authorization with Active Directory and RADIUS

• Endpoint Security with Windows Process Checking, Protected Workspace and Firewalls

• iRules, Customization and SAML


This course is intended for network administrators, operators, and engineers responsible for managing the normal day-to-day operation and administration of BIG-IP Access Policy Manager.

Skills Gained

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

• Configure remote access methods Network Access, Portal Access and Application Access and understand the differences and use cases for each

• Configure APM and LTM to work together for advanced application delivery as well as understand the APM + LTM use case versus the remote access use case

• Configure advanced policies using the Visual Policy Editor with all of its features such as macros, branches and multiple endings

• Understand the role of iRules and how they work together with BIG-IP in general and APM in specific

• Understand the role of Federated Single Sign-On using SAML and deploy a basic configuration

• Configure multiple authentication methods and understand how they can work together in a single access policy

• Set up, license, and provision the BIG-IP system out-of-the-box

• Create, restore from, and manage BIG-IP archives

• Use profiles to manipulate the way the BIG-IP system processes traffic through a virtual server


Students must complete one of the following F5 prerequisites before attending this course: 

? Administering BIG-IP instructor-led course or 

? F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator 

The following free web-based 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 web-based training 

? Getting Started with BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM) 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 

The following course-specific knowledge and experience is suggested before attending this course: 

? Hands-on experience with BIG-IP 

? Basic web application delivery (BIG-IP LTM) 

? HTML, HTTP, HTTPS as well as some CSS and JavaScript 

? Telnet, SSH and TLS/SSL 

? VPN or tunnel encapsulation, Layer 4 NAT and Access Control Lists


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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