Administering Big-IP

F5 Networks

Course Description

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 trainees to the BIG-IP system, its configuration objects, how it processes traffic, and how typical administrative and operational activities are performed.


    • Getting started with the BIG-IP system
    • Traffic processing with BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM)
    • Using NATs and SNATs
    • Using the Traffic Management Shell (tmsh) • Monitoring application health and managing object status
    • Modifying traffic behavior with profiles, including SSL offload (client SSL termination) 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),
       monitoring the BIGIP system remotely with SNMP, and using tcpdump
    • Always-On Management (AOM)
    • License, disk, boot location, and software management
    • User roles and administrative partitions
    • CMP and vCMP concepts
    • Configuring high availability (including active/standby and connection and persistence mirroring).


There are no required F5 prerequisites for this course. The following general network technology knowledge and experience are required before attending this instructor-led course:

    • 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
    • LAN vs. WAN


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.

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