F5 LTM Training

F5-Configuring & Administering BIG-IP LTM ( v12)


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.


5 Days


Strong Knowledge on the following topics

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


Course Syllabus:

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: Traffic Processing Building Blocks

Identifying BIG-IP Traffic

Processing Objects

Network Packet Flow

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)

Viewing the BIG-IP Connection Table

Chapter 3: Using NATs and SNATs

Address Translation on the BIG-IP System

Mapping IP Addresses with NAT

Solving Routing Issues with SNATs

Configuring SNAT Auto Map on a Virtual Server

Monitoring for anChapter 21d Mitigating Port Exhaustion

Chapter 4: 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

Chapter 5: Modifying Traffic Behavior with Profiles

Introducing Profiles

Understanding Profile Types and Dependencies

Configuring and Assigning Profiles

Chapter 6: Modifying Traffic Behavior with Persistence

Understanding the Need for Persistence

Introducing Source Address Affinity Persistence

Introducing Cookie Persistence

Introducing SSL Offload and SSL Re-Encryption

Managing Object State

Introducing Action on Service Down

Chapter 7: Troubleshooting the BIG-IP System

Configuring Logging

Introducing BIG-IP System 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

Chapter 8: Administering the BIG-IP System

Leveraging Always-On Management (AOM)

Expanding Availability with Device Service Clustering (DSC)

Viewing BIG-IP System Statistics

Defining User Roles and Administrative Partitions

Leveraging vCMP

Chapter 9: Customizing Application Delivery with iRules

Identifying iRules Components

Triggering iRules with Events

Leveraging the iRules Ecosystem on DevCentral

Chapter 10: Reviewing Local Traffic Configuration

Reviewing Nodes, Pools, and Virtual Servers

Reviewing Address Translation

Reviewing Routing Assumptions

Reviewing Application Health Monitoring

Reviewing Traffic Behavior Modification with Profiles

Reviewing the TMOS Shell (TMSH)

Reviewing Managing BIG-IP Configuration Data

Chapter 11: Load Balancing Traffic with LTM

Exploring Load Balancing Options

Using Priority Group Activation and Fallback Host

Comparing Member and Node Load Balancing

Chapter 12: Modifying Traffic Behavior with Persistence

Reviewing Persistence

Introducing SSL Persistence

Introducing SIP Persistence

Introducing Universal Persistence

Introducing Destination Address Affinity Persistence

Using Match Across Options for Persistence

Chapter 13: Monitoring Application Health

Differentiating Monitor Types

Customizing the HTTP Monitor

Monitoring an Alias Address and Port

Monitoring a Path vs. Monitoring a Device

Managing Multiple Monitors

Using Application Check Monitors

Using Manual Resume and Advanced Monitor Timer Settings

Chapter 14: Processing Traffic with Virtual Servers

Virtual Servers Concepts

Path Load Balancing

Introducing Auto Last Hop

Chapter 15: Processing Traffic with SNATs

Overview of SNATs

SNAT Auto Map

Using SNAT Pools

SNATs as Listeners

SNAT Specificity

VIP Bounceback

Additional SNAT Options

Network Packet Processing

Chapter 16: Configuring High Availability

Sync-Failover Group Concepts

Synchronization, State and Failover

Traffic Group Concepts

N+1 Concepts

Chapter 17: Configuring High Availability Part 2

Failover Triggers and Detection

Stateful Failover

Device Group Communication

Sync-Only Device Groups

Chapter 18: Modifying Traffic Behavior with Profiles

Profiles Overview

Common Protocol Profile Types and Settings

TCP Express Optimization

Performance Improvements

Configuring and Using Profiles

HTTP Profile Options


Offloading HTTP Compression to BIG-IP

HTTP Caching

Stream Profiles

F5 Acceleration Technologies


Chapter 19: Deploying Application Services with iApps

Simplifying Application

Deployment with iApps

Using iApps Templates

Deploying an Application Service

Reconfiguring an Application Service

Leveraging the iApps Ecosystem on DevCentral

Chapter 20: Customizing Application Delivery with iRules and Local Traffic Policies

Getting Started with iRules

Triggering an iRule

Introducing iRule Constructs

Leveraging the DevCentral Ecosystem

Deploying and Testing iRules

Getting Started with Local Traffic Policies

What Can You Do with a Local Traffic Policy?

How Does a Local Traffic Policy Work?

Understanding Local Traffic Policy Workflow

Introducing the Elements of a Local Traffic Policy

Specifying the Matching Strategy

What Are Rules?

Understanding Requires and Controls

Configuring and Managing Policy Rules

Configuring a New Rule

Including Tcl in Certain Rule Settings

Chapter 21: Final Lab Project

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