F5 BIG-IP Administrator Certification Resource Guide

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Purpose of this document


This document outlines topic areas covered on the F5 BIG-IP Administrator Certification Exam and resources available to help prepare test takers. For more information on full proxy architecture, please read the TMOS: Redefining the Solution white paper.


1.   Troubleshooting virtual server connectivity

1.1  Connectivity, packet, and virtual server processing orders

1.2  Troubleshooting virtual servers

·         DevCentral: Pool member won’t work through BIG-IP LTM

1.3 Troubleshooting pool members

1.4 Persistence



2.   Troubleshooting basic hardware issues

2.1 End User Diagnostics and Output

2.2 LCD Warning Messages

2.3 Troubleshooting Hardware with log files

2.4 Failover scenarios




3.   Troubleshooting basic performance issues

3.1 Perform a packet capture within the context of a performance issue.

3.2 Use BIG-IP tools in order to identify potential performance issues




4.   Troubleshooting basic device management connectivity issues

4.1 Verify remote connectivity to the box in order to determine the cause of a management connectivity issue.


4.2 Check and interpret port lockdown settings in order to determine the cause of a management connectivity issue

SOL13250 : Overview of port lockdown behavior (10.x – 11.x)

4.3 Check and interpret packet filters in order to determine the cause of a management connectivity issue.


4.4 Given the use of a remote authentication server, verify proper DNS settings in order to diagnose a connectivity issue.



5.   Open a support ticket with F5

5.1 Identify the appropriate supporting components and severity levels for an F5Support ticket.






5.2  Assessing issue severity


5.3  Assembling accurate problem description

5.4 F5 escalation method



6.   Identify and report current device status

6.1 Network Map

6.2 Dashboard

6.3 Review Log Files

6.4  iApps Analytics



7.   Maintain system configuration

7.1: Create and restore a UCS archive under the appropriate circumstances

7.2: Identify the components and methods associated with automating and scheduling tasks with the Enterprise Manager

7.3: Automate and schedule tasks using Enterprise Manager



7.4: Manage software images

8.   Manage existing system and application services

 8.1: Modify and manage virtual servers

8.2: Modify and manage pools