This 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.


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Learning Objectives

Getting started with the BIG-IP system
Traffic processing with BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM)
Using the 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
Customizing application delivery with iRules

  • Setting Up the BIG-IP System

  • Introducing the BIG-IP System
    Initially Setting Up the BIG-IP System
    Configuring the Management Interface
    Activating the Software License
    Provisioning Modules and Resources
    Importing a Device Certificate
    Specifying BIG-IP Platform Properties
    Configuring the Network
    Configuring Network Time Protocol (NTP) Servers
    Configuring Domain Name System (DNS) Settings
    Configuring High Availability Options
    Archiving the BIG-IP Configuration
    Leveraging F5 Support Resources and Tools

  • Traffic Processing Building Blocks

  • Identifying BIG-IP Traffic Processing Objects
    Configuring Virtual Servers and Pools
    Load Balancing Traffic
    Viewing Module Statistics and Logs
    Using the Traffic Management Shell (TMSH)
    Understanding the TMSH Hierarchical Structure
    Navigating the TMSH Hierarchy
    Managing BIG-IP Configuration State and Files
    BIG-IP System Configuration State
    Loading and Saving the System Configuration
    Shutting Down and Restarting the BIG-IP System
    Saving and Replicating Configuration Data (UCS and SCF)

  • Using NATs and SNATs

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

  • 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

  • Modifying Traffic Behavior with Profiles

  • Introducing Profiles
    Understanding Profile Types and Dependencies
    Configuring and Assigning Profiles
    Introducing SSL Offload and SSL Re-Encryption
    Managing Object State

  • Modifying Traffic Behavior with Persistence

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

  • Administering the BIG-IP System

  • Configuring Logging
    Legacy Remote Logging
    Introducing High Speed Logging (HSL)
    High-Speed Logging Filters
    HSL Configuration Objects
    Configuring High Speed Logging
    Using TCPDUMP on the BIG-IP System
    Leveraging the BIG-IP iHealth System
    Viewing BIG-IP System Statistics
    Defining User Roles and Administrative Partitions
    Leveraging vCMP

  • Configuring High Availability

  • Introducing Device Service Clustering (DSC)
    Preparing to Deploy a DSC Configuration
    Configuring DSC Communication Settings
    Establishing Device Trust
    Establishing a Sync-Failover Device Group
    Synchronizing Configuration Data
    Exploring Traffic Group Behavior
    Understanding Failover Managers and Triggers
    Achieving Stateful Failover with Mirroring


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 courses.




OSI model, TCP/IP addressing and routing, WAN, LAN environments, and server redundancy concepts.


Length: 2.0 days (16 hours)


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