This course gives networking professionals a functional understanding of the BIG-IP DNS system as it is commonly used. The course covers configuration and ongoing management of the BIG-IP DNS system, and includes a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on labs.


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Learning Objectives

Please refer to course overview

  • Module 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
    Provision the BIG-IP System and Confirm Network Configuration

  • Module 2: Introducing the Domain Name System (DNS) and BIG-IP DNS

  • Understanding the Domain Name System (DNS)
    Reviewing the Name Resolution Process
    Implementing BIG-IP DNS
    Using DNS Resolution Diagnostic Tools

  • Module 3: Accelerating DNS Resolution

  • Introducing DNS Resolution with BIG-IP DNS
    BIG-IP DNS Resolution Decision Flow
    Configuring BIG-IP DNS Listeners
    Resolving DNS Queries in the Labs (Lab Zone Records)
    Load Balancing Queries to a DNS Server Pool
    Accelerating DNS Resolution with DNS Cache
    Accelerating DNS Resolution with DNS Express
    Introducing Wide IPs
    Using Other Resolution Methods with BIG-IP DNS
    Integrating BIG-IP DNS into Existing DNS Environments

  • Module 4: Implementing Intelligent DNS Resolutions

  • Introducing Intelligent DNS Resolution
    Identifying Physical Network Components
    Identifying Logical Network Components
    Collecting Metrics for Intelligent Resolution
    Configuring Data Centers
    Configuring a BIG-IP DNS System as a Server
    Configuring a BIG-IP LTM System as a Server
    Establishing iQuery Communication between BIG-IP Systems
    Configuring a Non-F5 Server
    Defining Links and Routers
    Configuring Wide IP Pools
    Configuring Wide IPs
    Managing Object Status
    Using the Traffic Management Shell (TMSH)

  • Module 5: Using LDNS Probes and Metrics

  • Introducing LDNS Probes and Metrics
    Types of LDNS Probes
    Excluding an LDNS from Probing
    Configuring Probe Metrics Collection

  • Module 6: Load Balancing Intelligent DNS Resolution

  • Introducing Load Balancing on BIG-IP DNS
    Using Static Load Balancing Methods
    Round Robin
    Global Availability
    Static Persist
    Other Static Load Balancing Methods
    Using Dynamic Load Balancing Methods
    Round Trip Time
    Completion Rate
    Least Connections
    Packet Rate
    Kilobytes per Second
    Other Dynamic Load Balancing Methods
    Virtual Server Capacity
    Virtual Server Score
    Using Quality of Service Load Balancing
    Persisting DNS Query Responses
    Configuring GSLB Load Balancing Decision Logs
    Using Manual Resume
    Using Topology Load Balancing

  • Module 7: Monitoring Intelligent DNS Resources

  • Exploring Monitors
    Configuring Monitors
    Assigning Monitors to Resources
    Monitoring Best Practices

  • Module 8: Advanced BIG-IP DNS Topics

  • Implementing DNSSEC
    Setting Limits for Resource Availability
    Using iRules with Wide IPs
    Introducing Other Wide IP Types
    Implementing BIG-IP DNS Sync Groups

  • Module 9: Final Configuration Projects

  • Final Configuration Projects


This course is intended for system and network administrators responsible for installation, setup, configuration, and administration of BIG-IP DNS systems.




Administering BIG-IP; TCP/IP Addressing and Routing, WAN/LAN elements; and Data Center Server redundancy concepts.


Length: 2.0 days (16 hours)


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