F5 Networks Configuring BIG-IP LTM v14: Local Traffic Manager

This course gives 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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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 Cookie 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 Review

Lesson 8: Modifying Traffic Behavior with Profiles
Profiles Overview
TCP Express Optimization
TCP Profiles Overview
HTTP Profile Options
Offloading HTTP Compression to BIG-IP
HTTP Caching
Stream Profiles
F5 Acceleration Technologies

Lesson 9: Selected Topics
VLAN, VLAN Tagging, and Trunking
Restricting Network Access
SNMP Features
Segmenting Network Traffic with Route Domains

Lesson 10: Deploying Application Services with iApps
Simplifying Application Deployment with iApps
Using iApps Templates
Deploying an Application Service
Leveraging the iApps Ecosystem on DevCentral

Lesson 11: 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
What Can You Do with a Local Traffic Policy?
How Does a Local Traffic Policy Work?
Understanding Local Traffic Policy Workflow
Introducing the Elements of a Local Traffic Policy
Specifying the Matching Strategy
What Are Rules?
Understanding Requires and Controls
Configuring and Managing Policy Rules
Configuring a New Rule
Including Tcl in Certain Rule Settings

Lesson 12: Securing Application Delivery with LTM
Understanding Today?s Threat Landscape
Integrating LTM Into Your Security Strategy
Defending Your Environment Against SYN Flood Attacks
Defending Your Environment Against Other Volumetric Attacks
Addressing Application Vulnerabilities with iRules and Local Traffic Policies

Lesson 13: Final Lab Project
About the Final Lab Project
Possible Solution to Lab 14.0