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.
Students should understand:
- TCP/IP Addressing and Routing including:
- The Address Resolution Protocol
- Direct and Indirect Routing
- TCP Handshakes
Common elements of and differences between WAN and LAN components.
- Getting started with the BIG-IP system
- Traffic processing with BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM)
- Using the Traffic Management Shell (tmsh) 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
- Always-On Management (AOM)
- User roles and administrative partitions
- vCMP concepts
- Customizing application delivery with iRules
This course is intended for network administrators, operators, and engineers responsible for managing the normal day-to-day operation 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.