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F5 Networks Configuring BIG-IP LTM v13: Local Traffic Manager Training

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This course gives network professionals a functional understanding of BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager, introducing students to both commonly used and advanced BIG-IP LTM features and functionality. Incorporating lecture, extensive hands-on labs, and classroom discussion, the course helps students build the well-rounded skill set needed to manage BIG-IP LTM systems as part of a flexible and high performance application delivery network.

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


Administering BIG-IP, OSI model, TCP/IP addressing and routing, WAN, LAN environments, and server redundancy concepts; or having achieved TMOS Administration Certification

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 : Reviewing Local Traffic Configuration

Reviewing Nodes, Pools, and Virtual Servers 
Reviewing Address Translation 
Reviewing Routing Assumptions 
Reviewing Application Health Monitoring 
Reviewing Traffic Behavior Modification with Profiles 
Reviewing the TMOS Shell (TMSH) 
Reviewing Managing BIG-IP Configuration Data

Lesson 3 : Load Balancing Traffic with LTM

Exploring Load Balancing Options 
Using Priority Group Activation and Fallback Host 
Comparing Member and Node Load Balancing

Lesson 4 : Modifying Traffic Behavior with Persistence

Reviewing Persistence 
Introducing SSL Persistence 
Introducing SIP Persistence 
Introducing Universal Persistence 
Introducing Destination Address Affinity Persistence 
Using Match Across Options for Persistence

Lesson 5 : Monitoring Application Health

Differentiating Monitor Types 
Customizing the HTTP Monitor 
Monitoring an Alias Address and Port 
Monitoring a Path vs. Monitoring a Device 
Managing Multiple Monitors 
Using Application Check Monitors 
Using Manual Resume and Advanced Monitor Timer Settings

Lesson 6 : Processing Traffic with Virtual Servers

Understanding the Need for Other Virtual Server Types 
Forwarding Traffic with a Virtual Server 
Understanding Virtual Server Order of Precedence 
Path Load Balancing

Lesson 7 : Processing Traffic with SNATs

Overview of SNATs 
Using SNAT Pools 
SNATs as Listeners 
SNAT Specificity 
VIP Bounceback 
Additional SNAT Options 
Network Packet Processing

Lesson 8 : Configuring High Availability

Introducing Device Service Clustering (DSC) 
Preparing to Deploy a DSC Configuration 
Configuring DSC Communication Settings 
Establishing Device Trust 
Establishing a Sync-Failover Device Group 
Synchronizing Configuration Data 
Exploring Traffic Group Behavior 
Understanding Failover Managers and Triggers 
Achieving Stateful Failover with Mirroring

Lesson 9 : Modifying Traffic Behavior with Profiles

Profiles Overview 
TCP Profile Settings 
TCP Express Optimization 
Performance Improvements 
Configuring and Using Profiles 
HTTP Profile Options 
Offloading HTTP Compression to BIG-IP 
HTTP Caching 
Stream Profiles 
F5 Acceleration Technologies

Lesson 10 : Selected Topics

VLAN, VLAN Tagging, and Trunking 
Restricting Network Access 
SNMP Features

Lesson 11 : Deploying Application Services with iApps

Simplifying Application Deployment with iApps 
Using iApps Templates 
Deploying an Application Service 
Reconfiguring an Application Service 
Leveraging the iApps Ecosystem on DevCentral

Lesson 12 : Customizing Application Delivery with iRules and Local Traffic Policies

Getting Started with iRules 
Triggering an iRule 
Introducing iRule Constructs 
Leveraging the DevCentral Ecosystem 
Deploying and Testing iRules 
Getting Started with Local Traffic Policies 
Configuring and Managing Policy Rules

Lesson 13 : Final Lab Project

About the Final Lab Project 
Possible Solution to Lab 13.1

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