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F5 BIG-IP GTM v11.x - F5 BIG-IP® Global Traffic Manager

Description

This two-day course gives networking professionals a functional understanding of the BIG-IP GTM system as it is commonly used. The course covers installation, configuration, and management of the BIG-IP GTM system. This hands-on course includes lectures, labs, and discussions.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Installation and Licensing
  • DNS Overview
  • Accelerated DNS Resolutions
  • Load Balancing for GTM
  • LDNS Probes and Metrics
  • Load Balancing
  • Monitors and Probes
  • Logs and Notification
  • Advanced Topics - DNSSEC, iRules, Synchronization, DNS Integration, iHealth
  • Configuration Project

Objectives

By the end of this course, the student should be able to perform an initial configuration using the Setup Utility and build many common configurations using the Graphical User Interface (browser-based). In addition, the student should be able to monitor and manage common tasks concerning traffic processed through the BIG-IP GTM system.

Prerequisites

Participants should understand:

  • Common Network terminology
  • TCP/IP Addressing and Routing
  • DNS Methodology
  • Internetworking concepts
  • Common elements of WAN and LAN environments,
  • Data Center Server redundancy concepts.

In addition, students should be proficient with:

  • Basic PC operation and application skills, including operating a CD drive, keyboard, mouse and Windows OS
  • Basic Web Browser operation (Internet Explorer is used in class)

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for system and network administrators responsible for installation, setup, configuration, and administration of the BIG-IP GTM System.

Outline

Preface

  • F5 Networks
  • F5 Product Suite Overview
  • Hardware
  • Virtual Editions
  • F5 Services
  • F5 Resources and Tools

Module 1: Installation and Initial Access

  • BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager Overview
  • Licensing, Provisioning, and the Setup Utility
  • GTM Backups
  • Installation and Setup Labs
    • Lab Changing the Initial IP Address
    • Lab Licensing the System and Provisioning
    • Lab - Setup Utility
    • Lab - Configuration Utility
    • Lab Configuration Backup
  • BIG-IP Hardware Platforms
  • Switch Card Control Processor (SCCP) and Always On Management (AOM)
    • Lab SCCP and AOM Configuration

Module 2: DNS Overview

  • The Domain Name System (DNS)
  • The Name Resolution Process
  • DNS and GTM System Options
  • Resolution Diagnostic Tools

Module 3: Accelerated DNS Resolutions

  • GTM and DNS Resolutions
  • Hierarchy of Options Flow Chart vGTM Listeners
    • Lab - Configuring Listeners
  • Load Balancing DNS Queries
    • Lab - Configuring DNS Load Balancing
  • DNS Cache
    • Lab Caching DNS Queries
  • DNS Express
    • Lab - Configuring DNS Express
  • Introduction to Wide-IPs
    • Lab - Configuring Simple Wide-IP
  • Other DNS Queries
    • Lab Standard DNS Server
  • DNS Integration

Module 4: Intelligent DNS Resolutions

  • GTM Intelligent DNS Resolutions
  • Metric Collection
  • Intelligent Name Resolution
  • Data Centers
    • Lab Adding Data Centers
  • GTM Systems
    • Lab Adding GTM Systems
  • Adding LTM Systems
    • Lab - Adding LTM Systems
  • GTM/LTM System Communications: iQuery
    • Lab - bigip_add
  • Adding Non-F5 Servers
    • Lab - Adding Non-F5 Servers
  • Links
  • Wide IP Pools
    • Lab - Configuring Pools
  • Wide IPs
    • Lab - Configuring Wide IPs
  • Changing Objects Status
    • Lab - Objects Status
  • Command Line using tmsh

Module 5: LDNS Probes and Metrics

  • Metric Overview
  • LDNS Probe Configuration
    • Lab LDNS Probe Lab

Module 6: Load Balancing

  • Load Balancing Overview
  • Static Load Balancing Modes
  • Dynamic Load Balancing Modes
  • Quality of Service Load Balancing
  • Persistence
    • Lab - Dynamic Persistence
    • Lab - Static Persistence
    • Lab - Ratio Load Balancing
    • Lab - Global Availability Load Balancing
  • Manual Resume
    • Lab Manual Resume
  • Topology Load Balancing
    • Lab Topology Load Balancing

Module 7: Monitors

  • Monitors Overview
  • Monitor Types
  • Monitor Configuration
  • Monitor Assignments
  • Monitor Status Reporting
  • Monitor Results and Best Practices
    • Lab Monitors

Module 8: Logs and Notification

  • System Log Configuration
  • Log Files
  • Remote Syslog Notification
    • Lab Remote System Log Server
  • The Alertd Process
  • LCD Notification
  • SNMP Notification
    • Lab SNMP Trap
  • E-Mail Notification

Module 9: Advanced Topics

  • DNSSEC
    • Lab DNSSEC
  • Limits and Thresholds
  • GTM iRules
    • Lab iRules Lab 1
    • Lab iRules Lab 2
  • Synchronization Groups
    • Lab Synchronization
  • BIG-IP Configuration Files
  • BIG-IP iHealth
  • DNS 6 to 4
    • Lab Configure IPv6 Client Load Balancing (Optional)

Module 10: Configuration Project

  • Review Topics
  • Review Questions
    • Configuration Lab Project

Appendix A: Installation

  • Pre-Installation Information
  • Pre-Installation Hardware Checklist
  • Installing BIG-IP GTM Software
    • Optional Lab: v11 Provisioning
    • Optional Lab: v11 Reload Steps
  • F5 Knowledge Base References

Appendix B: Additional Topics

  • tcpdump
  • Recovering Passwords
  • Content Delivery Networks
  • Distributed Applications
  • SNMP Monitor

Appendix C: Bind and ZoneRunner

  • BIND and ZoneRunner
  • Configuring BIND Files with ZoneRunner
  • ZoneRunner and Bind Labs