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. It gives network administrators, network operators, and network engineers a functional understanding of the BIG-IP® v11.2 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.
At the end of this course, the student should be able to: Start/restart, license, and provision the BIG-IP system; Use the Configuration utility and TMOS Shell (tmsh) to manage BIG-IP resources such as virtual servers, pools, pool members, nodes, profiles, and monitors; Create, restore from, and manage BIG-IP archives; View resource status, availability, and statistical information and use this information to determine how the BIG-IP system is currently processing traffic; Perform basic troubleshooting and problem determination activities including using the iHealth diagnostic tool, researching known issues and solutions on AskF5, submitting a problem ticket to F5 Technical Support, and viewing traffic flow using tcpdump; Understand and manage user roles and partitions; Operate two or more BIG-IPs as part of an N+1 high-availability configuration; Use an iApp to deploy an application service; Describe the role of Enterprise Manager in BIG-IP system administration and operation; Describe how traffic flows through LTM, GTM, ASM, and APM; Describe the role if iRules in affecting traffic behaviour.
Prerequisites: Students should understand: TCP/IP Addressing and Routing including the Address Resolution Protocol, Direct and Indirect Routing, TCP Handshakes and common elements of and differences between WAN and LAN components.
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