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This three-day course gives networking professionals a functional understanding of the BIG-IP LTM v11 system as it is commonly used, as well as an in-depth understanding of advanced features. The course covers installation, configuration, and management of BIG-IP LTM systems. This hands-on course includes lectures, labs, and discussions.

Note: This three-day course replaces the previous four-day version. Several topics from the four-day course have been moved to the prerequisite Administering BIG-IP V11 Instructor-led course. See Prerequisites.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Installation and Licensing
  • Load Balancing
  • Persistence
  • Monitors
  • Profiles
  • iApps
  • Highly Availability
  • Non Load Balancing Virtual Servers
  • NATs and SNATs
  • Selected topics such as IPv6 and Route Domains
  • iRules


By the end of this course, the student 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 student should be able to monitor and manage common tasks concerning traffic processed by a BIG-IP LTM system.


Students must complete one of the following:

  • Administering BIG-IP V11 Instructor-led course
  • BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) Essentials course
  • Achieve F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator certification

Students should understand:

  • TCP/IP Addressing and Routing including:
  • The Address Resolution Protocol
  • Direct and Indirect Routing
  • TCP Handshakes
  • Command Line Configuration
  • Common elements of and differences between WAN and LAN components
  • Fundamental programming concepts

In addition, students should be proficient in:

  • The Linux File System
  • pico editor or vi editor
  • The tcpdump program

Who Should Attend

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


F5 Product Overview

  • F5 Product Suite Overview
  • Enterprise Manager Series
  • ARX Series
  • Hardware
  • Virtual Editions
  • F5 Services
  • F5 Resources and Tools

Chapter 1: Installation and Initial Access

  • BIG-IP LTM Overview
  • Licensing, Provisioning and the Setup Utility
    • Lab Setup Utility
    • Lab Changing Initial IP Address
    • Lab Licensing and Provisioning
    • Lab User Accounts and Network Config
    • Lab Configuration Utility
    • Lab Configuration Backup
  • BIG-IP Hardware Platforms
  • F5 Support Resources and Tools
    • Lab AOM IP Address (Optional)
    • Lab AskF5 Resource

Chapter 2: Review and Lab Project

  • BIG-IP Concepts
    • Lab Configuration Lab Project
  • Command Line Configuration
  • BIG-IP Configuration files
    • Lab tmsh Configuration
    • Lab Monitor (Optional)
    • Lab SNAT (Optional)
    • Lab Short Answer Review Questions

Chapter 3: Load Balancing

  • Load Balancing Modes
    • Lab Network Map and Load Balancing
    • Lab Ratio Node Load Balancing
    • Lab Priority Group Activation
    • Lab Member Threshold (Optional)

Chapter 4: Persistence

  • Persistence Concepts
  • Persistence Revisited
  • Persistence Options
  • Other Types of Persistence
    • Lab Universal Persistence
    • Lab Match Across Services

Chapter 5: Monitors

  • Monitor Configuration and Review
  • Monitor Assignment
  • Monitor Status Reporting
  • Scripted Monitors
  • Configuring Monitors
  • Other Monitor Options
    • Lab Monitors

Chapter 6: Profiles

  • Profiles Review
  • Common Protocol Profile Types and Settings
  • Configuring and Using Profiles
  • TCP Express Optimization
  • Performance Improvements
  • HTTP Profile Options
  • OneConnect
  • HTTP Compression
  • HTTP Caching
  • F5 Acceleration Technologies
  • Analytics
    • Lab Compression
    • Lab Web Acceleration and Streaming

Chapter 7: iApps

  • iApps
  • Application Services
  • Templates
    • Lab Import Template and Deploy App Services
    • Lab Deploying an App Service for a Web App
    • Lab Deploying a Second Application Service
    • Lab Copy and Export an iApps Template
    • Lab Customize Template (Optional)
    • Lab Review F5 HTTP Template (Optional)

Chapter 8: High Availability

  • Sync-Failover Group Concepts
  • Synchronization, State and Failover
  • Traffic Group Concepts
    • Lab Sync-Failover
  • N+1 Concepts
    • Lab Traffic Group
    • Lab Routing (Optional)

Chapter 9: High Availability Part 2

  • Upgrading the BIG-IP System
  • Failover Triggers and Detection
    • Lab VLAN Failsafe
  • Stateful Failover
    • Lab Connection Mirroring
    • Lab Persistence Mirroring
  • Device Group Communication
    • Lab N+1 Availability
  • Sync-Only Device Groups
    • Lab Sync-Only Group

Chapter 10: Virtual Servers

  • Virtual Servers Concepts
    • Lab Forwarding Virtual Servers
  • Path Load Balancing
  • Auto Last Hop

Chapter 11: SNATs

  • SNATs Revisited
  • SNAT Auto Map
  • SNAT Pools
  • SNATs as Listeners
  • SNAT Configuration
  • SNAT Specificity
    • Lab More and Less Specific
    • Lab SNAT as Listener
  • VIP Bounceback
    • Lab VIP Bounceback
  • Additional SNAT Options
  • Network Packet Processing

Chapter 12: Selected Topics

  • Review Administration Topics
  • Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6)
    • Lab IPv6
  • Route Domains
    • Lab Route Domain

Chapter 13: iRules

  • iRules Concepts
  • iRules Events
  • Configuring iRules
    • Lab iRules #1
    • Lab iRules #2
  • iRules Revisited
  • iRules Events
  • iRules Commands
  • Context
  • Other iRules Concerns

Chapter 14: Final Lab Project

  • Next Steps
  • Lab Project Options
    • Lab Scenario: Customer Requirements Configuration
    • Lab iRules Lab #1-#5