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F5 Networks Configuring BIG-IP DNS v13: Domain Name System (formerly GTM) Training

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This course gives networking professionals a functional understanding of the BIG-IP DNS system as it is commonly used. The course covers installation, configuration, and management of the BIG-IP DNS system, and includes a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on labs.

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


Administering BIG-IP; TCP/IP Addressing and Routing, WAN/LAN elements; and Data Center Server redundancy concepts.

Course Outline

Lesson 1 : Setting Up the BIG-IP System

Introducing the BIG-IP System 
Initially Setting Up the BIG-IP System 
Configuring the Management Interface 
Activating the Software License 
Provisioning Modules and Resources 
Importing a Device Certificate 
Specifying BIG-IP Platform Properties 
Configuring the Network 
Configuring Network Time Protocol (NTP) Servers 
Configuring Domain Name System (DNS) Settings 
Configuring High Availability Options 
Archiving the BIG-IP Configuration 
Leveraging F5 Support Resources and Tools 
BIG-IP System Setup Labs

Lesson 2 : Introducing the Domain Name System (DNS) and BIG-IP DNS

Understanding the Domain Name System (DNS) 
Reviewing the Name Resolution Process 
Implementing BIG-IP DNS 
Using DNS Resolution Diagnostic Tools

Lesson 3 : Accelerating DNS Resolution

Introducing DNS Resolution with BIG-IP DNS 
BIG-IP DNS Resolution Decision Flow 
Configuring BIG-IP DNS Listeners 
Resolving DNS Queries in the Labs (Lab Zone Records) 
Load Balancing Queries to a DNS Server Pool 
Accelerating DNS Resolution with DNS Cache 
Accelerating DNS Resolution with DNS Express 
Introducing Wide IPs 
Using Other Resolution Methods with BIG-IP DNS 
Integrating BIG-IP DNS into Existing DNS Environments

Lesson 4 : Implementing Intelligent DNS Resolutions

Introducing Intelligent DNS Resolution 
Identifying Physical Network Components 
Identifying Logical Network Components 
Collecting Metrics for Intelligent Resolution 
Configuring Data Centers 
Configuring a BIG-IP DNS System as a Server 
Configuring a BIG-IP LTM System as a Server 
Establishing iQuery Communication between BIG-IP Systems 
Configuring a Non-F5 Server 
Defining Links and Routers 
Configuring Wide IP Pools 
Configuring Wide IPs 
Managing Object Status 
Using the Traffic Management Shell (TMSH)

Lesson 5 : Using LDNS Probes and Metrics

Introducing LDNS Probes and Metrics 
Types of LDNS Probes 
Excluding an LDNS from Probing 
Configuring Probe Metrics Collection

Lesson 6 : Load Balancing Intelligent DNS Resolution

Introducing Load Balancing on BIG-IP DNS 
Using Static Load Balancing Methods 
Round Robin 
Global Availability 
Static Persist 
Other Static Load Balancing Methods 
Using Dynamic Load Balancing Methods 
Round Trip Time 
Completion Rate 
Least Connections 
Packet Rate 
Kilobytes per Second 
Other Dynamic Load Balancing Methods 
Using Quality of Service Load Balancing 
Persisting DNS Query Responses 
Configuring GSLB Load Balancing Decision Logs 
Using Manual Resume 
Using Topology Load Balancing

Lesson 7 : Monitoring Intelligent DNS Resources

Exploring Monitors 
Configuring Monitors 
Assigning Monitors to Resources 
Monitoring Best Practices

Lesson 8 : Advanced BIG-IP DNS Topics

Implementing DNSSEC 
Setting Limits for Resource Availability 
Using iRules with Wide IPs 
Introducing Other Wide IP Types 
Implementing BIG-IP DNS Sync Groups

Lesson 9 : Final Configuration Projects

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