Course outline

F5 Administering BIG-IP & Configuring BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) v13

Categories: F5 Networks, Guaranteed To Run™

Duration: 5 Days

This course gives a functional understanding of the BIG-IP system, as it is commonly deployed in an application delivery network. Also aimed at network administrators responsible for installation, and set up of BIG-IP LTM systems.

The Administering component 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 with emphasis on real work applications.

The Configuring component provides an in-depth understanding of advance features. This course covers installation, configuration, and management of BIG-IP LTM systems.

By the end of this course, the students should be able to setup an initial configuration and build many common and advanced configurations of BIG-IP LTM systems using either the Graphical User Interface or Command line utilities. In addition, the students should be able to monitor and manage common tasks concerning traffic processed by a BIG-IP LTM system.

This course is intended for network administrators, network operators and network engineers.

Students should understand TCP/IP addressing and routing including: The Address Resolution Protocol, Direct and Indirect Routing and TCP Handshakes. Also, Command line configuration, common elements of and differences between WAN and LAN components and fundamental programming concepts. In addition, students should be proficient in the Linux file system, pico editor or vi editor and the tcpdump program.

Topics Covered:

Administering BIG-IP

  • Getting Started with the BIG-IP System
  • Traffic Processing with BIG-IP LTM
  • Using the Traffic Management Shell (tmsh) command line interface
  • Using NATs and SNATs
  • Monitoring application health and managing object status
  • Modifying traffic behaviour with profiles, including SSL offload and re-encryption
  • Modifying traffic behaviour with persistence, including source address affinity and cookie persistence
  • Troubleshooting the BIG0IP system, including logging (local, high-speed, and legacy remote logging), and using tcpdump
  • Always-On Management (AOM)
  • User roles and administrative partitions
  • vCMP concepts
  • Customizing application delivery with iRules


Configuring BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM)


  • BIG-IP initial setup (licensing, provisioning and network configuration)
  • A review of BIG-IP local traffic configuration objects
  • Using dynamic load balancing methods
  • Modifying traffic behaviour with persistence (invluding SSL, SIP, universal and destination address affinity persistence)
  • Monitoring application health with Layer 3, Layer 4 and Layer 7 monitors (including transparent, scripted and external monitors)
  • processing traffic with virtual servers (including network, forwarding and reject virtual servers)
  • Processing traffic with SNATs (including SNAT pools and SNATs as listeners)
  • Configuring high availability (including active/standby and N+1 sync failover device groups, connection and persistence mirroring and sync-only device groups
  • Modifying traffic behavior with profiles (including advanced HTTP profile options, caching, compression, and OneConnect profiles)
  • Advanced BIG-IP LTM configuration options (including VLAN tagging and trunking, SNMP features, packet filters, and route domains)
  • Deploying application services with iApps
  • Customising application delivery with iRules and local traffic policies
  • Guaranteed to Run™. This ensures you will attend the instructor led class or live online class you want as scheduled without any disruptive cancellations*. You book the training you need, get back to focusing on your job and are sure your training requirements will be met saving time, money and ensuring peace of mind.
  • This schedule icon the schedule indicates that this date/time will be conducted as Instructor Led Training (ILT) or a Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) depending on the indicated class availablity.
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