F5 GTM Training

Configuring BIG-IP DNS (formerly GTM) v12


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



2 Days


Strong Knowledge of BIG-IP LTM

DNS resolution process

Experience configuring DNS content and resolution servers



Chapter 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

Chapter 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

Chapter 3: Accelerating DNS Resolution

Introducing DNS Resolution with BIG-IP DNS

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

Chapter 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)

Chapter 5: Using LDNS Probes and Metrics

Introducing LDNS Probes and Metrics

Types of LDNS Probes

Excluding an LDNS from Probing

Configuring Probe Metrics Collection

Chapter 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

Using Quality of Service Load Balancing

Persisting DNS Query Responses

Configuring GSLB Load Balancing Decision Logs

Using Manual Resume

Using Topology Load Balancing

Chapter 7: Monitoring Intelligent DNS Resources

Exploring Monitors

Configuring Monitors

Assigning Monitors to Resources

Chapter 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

Chapter 9: Final Configuration Projects

Review Questions

Chapter 10: Additional Training and Certification

Getting Started Series Web-Based Training

F5 Instructor Led Training Curriculum

F5 Professional Certification Program

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