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This 2-day course uses lectures and hands-on exercises to give participants real-time experience in configuring and using the BIG-IQ® product.

Students are introduced to BIG-IQ, its interface, and its various functionality. 

We first look at building and configuring the BIG-IQ system. Once this initial classroom environment is built, we detail the steps to get going administering BIG-IQ, then use it to manage BIG-IP devices. 

After this we examine other system configurations: setting up a BIG-IQ DCD logging device, building a BIG-IQ High Availability pair, and managing BIG-IP devices in a cluster.

Course Topics

• Introducing BIG-IQ

• Setting Up the BIG-IQ System

• Administering the BIG-IQ System

• Managing BIG-IP LTM Devices

• Setting Up the BIG-IQ DCD System

• Custom Roles and Groups

• Managing BIG-IP DSC

• Administering BIG-IQ High Availability


The course is for system and network administrators responsible for the installation, setup, configuration, and administration of the BIG-IQ system. Or, it can be undertaken by operators who require some knowledge of how the systems are setup, but usually concentrate on performing particular operational tasks whether on BIG-IQ or via BIG-IQ on the managed BIG-IP devices.

Skills Gained

• Build the BIG-IQ system. Perform the initial setup, licensing and configuration, then connect it to the network so it's ready for use

• Take an overall look at the BIG-IQ product suite. What does it include, how does it approach BIG-IP centralized management

• With the BIG-IQ configured, connect and explore system features including the necessary initial tasks and associated steps

• Bring your BIG-IP devices running LTM under central management by BIG-IQ. Discover their current configuration and create and deploy new traffic passing objects to them

• The BIG-IQ needs a DCD to manage BIG-IP statistics and log data, see how to set it up and link it to the BIG-IQ system

• Take a deeper look into user accounts on BIG-IQ and see how to create very granular accounts which limit user access

• BIG-IP allows multiple devices to be configured into clusters. Learn how BIG-IQ remotely manages these clusters

• Configure two existing BIG-IQ systems into an active-standby pair. Create and synchronize configuration objects, fail the pair over, de-configure the pair and return them to standalone systems.


BIG-IQ manages BIG-IP devices and its associated products, so you need to be familiar with BIG-IP as well as having knowledge and experience of general network technology. 

For BIG-IP, students should have already completed a BIG-IP based training course such as the Administering BIG-IP instructor-led course or further courses. 

Free web-based training courses are available on the LearnF5 training hub (https://www.f5.com/services/training) that are helpful for any student with limited BIG-IP administration and configuration experience.

• Getting Started with BIG-IP

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

General technology experience should cover:

• OSI model encapsulation

• Routing and switching

• TCP/IP concepts

• IP addressing and subnetting

• Network firewalls

• LAN vs. WAN

• HTTP Protocol

• Security and Authentication


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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