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F5 Networks Configuring BIG-IP APM v13: Access Policy Manager Training

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This course covers three typical deployment scenarios for BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM) and is broken into three individual lessons. In lesson one, you learn how to configure BIG-IP APM to provide Active Directory-based authentication for a load-balanced pool of web servers. Building on that, in lesson two, you learn how to create a policy that provides an SSL VPN (Network Access) resource to users, but only when they log into BIG-IP APM using a corporate-issued PC. Finally, lesson three builds on the first two lessons to create a policy that provides a dynamic landing page with both SSL VPN as well as an OWA (Portal Access) resource, but only to users with special authorization.

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This course is intended for network administrators, operators, and engineers responsible for managing the normal day-to-day operation and administration of BIG-IP Access Policy Manager.


Administering BIG-IP; basic familiarity with authentication mechanisms (e.g. LDAP, Active Directory) and webserver technologies (e.g. HTTP, HTML).

Course Outline

Lesson 1 : Setting Up the BIG-IP System

Introducing the BIG-IP System 
Initially Setting Up the BIG-IP System 
Archiving the BIG-IP Configuration 
Leveraging F5 Support Resources and Tools

Lesson 2 : Configuring Web Application Access

Review of BIG-IP LTM 
Introduction to the Access Policy 
Web Access Application Configuration Overview 
Web Application Access Configuration in Detail

Lesson 3 : Exploring the Access Policy

Navigating the Access Policy

Lesson 4 : Managing BIG-IP APM

BIG-IP APM Sessions and Access Licenses 
Session Variables and sessiondump 
Session Cookies 
Access Policy General Purpose Agents List

Lesson 5 : Using Authentication

Introduction to Access Policy Authentication 
Active Directory AAA Server 
One-Time Password 
Local User Database

Lesson 6 : Understanding Assignment Agents

List of Assignment Agents

Lesson 7 : Configuring Portal Access

Introduction to Portal Access 
Portal Access Configuration Overview 
Portal Access Configuration 
Portal Access in Action

Lesson 8 : Configuring Network Access

Concurrent User Licensing 
VPN Concepts 
Network Access Configuration Overview 
Network Access Configuration 
Network Access in Action

Lesson 9 : Deploying Macros

Access Policy Macros 
Configuring Macros 
An Access Policy is a Flowchart 
Access Policy Logon Agents 
Configuring Logon Agents

Lesson 10 : Exploring Client-Side Checks

Client-Side Endpoint Security

Lesson 11 : Exploring Server-Side Checks

Server-Side Endpoint Security Agents List 
Server-Side and Client-Side Checks Differences

Lesson 12 : Using Authorization

Active Directory Query 
Active Directory Nested Groups 
Configuration in Detail

Lesson 13 : Configuring AppTunnels

Application Access 
Remote Desktop 
Network Access Optimized Tunnels 
Landing Page Bookmarks

Lesson 14 : Deploying Access Control Lists

Introduction to Access Control Lists 
Configuration Overview 
Dynamic ACLs 
Portal Access ACLs

Lesson 15 : Signing On with SSO

Remote Desktop Single Sign-On 
Portal Access Single Sign-On

Lesson 16 : Using iRules

iRules Introduction 
Basic TCL Syntax 
iRules and Advanced Access Policy Rules

Lesson 17 : Customizing BIG-IP APM

Customization Overview 
BIG-IP Edge Client 
Advanced Edit Mode Customization 
Landing Page Sections

Lesson 18 : Deploying SAML

SAML Conceptual Overview 
SAML Configuration Overview

Lesson 19 : Exploring Webtops and Wizards


Lesson 20 : Using BIG-IP Edge Client

BIG-IP Edge Client for Windows Installation 
BIG-IP Edge Client in Action

Lesson 21 : Configuration Project

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