Configuring BIG-IP LTM: Local Traffic Manager


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Configuring BIG-IP LTM: Local Traffic Manager
3 days  (Instructor Led Online)  |  Network Management/Design

Course Details

The Configuring BIG-IP LTM v11: Local Traffic Manager course gives network professionals a functional understanding of BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) v11, introducing students to both commonly used and advanced LTM features. 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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By the end of this course, the student should be able to use both the graphical user interface and command line to configure and manage BIG-IP LTM systems in an application delivery network. In addition, students should be able to monitor the BIG-IP system to achieve operational efficiency and establish and maintain high availability infrastructure for critical business applications.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Set up the BIG-IP LTM System
  • Load Balancing, including priority group activation and connection limits
  • Persistence concepts, including universal persistence and match across services
  • Monitors, including scripted monitors and managing multiple monitors
  • Profiles, including compression, caching, and F5 acceleration technologies
  • Deploying iApps
  • Highly Availability, including Sync-Failover and Sync-Only device groups, traffic groups, and N+1 concepts
  • Forwarding and network virtual servers, path load balancing, and auto last hop
  • Configuring local traffic policies
  • Implementing SNATs
  • IPv6 and route domains
  • Configuring iRules


Chapter 1: Setting Up the BIG-IP System

  • Introducing the BIG-IP System
  • Initially Setting Up the BIG-IP System
  • Backing Up and Restoring BIG-IP Configurations
  • Leveraging F5 Support Resources and Tools
  • BIG-IP System Setup Labs

Chapter 2: Review and Lab Project

  • BIG-IP Concepts
  • Command Line Configuration
  • BIG-IP Configuration Files
  • Archive Files

Chapter 3: Load Balancing

  • Static vs. Dynamic Load Balancing
  • Least Connections
  • Fastest
  • Weighted Least Connections
  • Observed
  • Predictive
  • Dynamic Ratio
  • Priority Group Activation
  • Fallback Host
  • Load Balancing: Member vs. Node

Chapter 4: Persistence

  • Persistence Concepts
  • Persistence Revisited
  • Persistence Options
  • Other types of Persistence

Chapter 5: Monitors

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

Chapter 6: Virtual Servers

  • Forwarding Virtual Servers
  • Network Virtual Servers
  • Virtual Server Order of Precedence
  • Path Load Balancing
  • Auto Last Hop

Chapter 7: SNATs

  • SNATs Revisited
  • SNAT Automap
  • SNAT Pools
  • SNATs as Listeners
  • SNAT Specificity
  • VIP Bounceback
  • Additional SNAT Options
  • Network Packet Processing

Chapter 8: Configuring High Availability

  • Sync-Failover Group Concepts
  • Synchronization, State and Failover
  • Traffic Group Concepts
  • N+1 Concepts

Chapter 9: Configuring High Availability Part 2

  • Failover Triggers and Detection
  • VLAN Failsafe
  • Stateful Failover
  • Connection Mirroring
  • Persistence Mirroring
  • Device Group Communication
  • N+1 Availability
  • Sync-Only Device Groups

Chapter 10: Profiles

  • Profiles Review
  • Common Protocol Profile Types and Settings
  • TCP Express Optimization
  • Performance Improvements
  • Configuring and Using Profiles
  • HTTP Profile Options
  • OneConnectâ„¢
  • HTTP Compression
  • HTTP Caching
  • Stream Profiles
  • F5 Acceleration Technologies
  • Analytics

Chapter 11: Selected Topics

  • VLAN, VLAN Tagging, and Trunking
  • Restricting Network Access
  • SNMP Features
  • Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6)
  • Route Domains
  • Local Traffic Policies

Chapter 12: iApps

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

Chapter 13: iRules

  • iRules Concepts
  • iRule Events
  • iRule Commands
  • Context
  • String Manipulation Commands
  • Other iRule Concerns

Target Audience

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


Delegates must complete one of the following:

  • Administering BIG-IP – V11
  • Achieve F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator certification

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