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    This training 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.


    • BIG-IP initial setup (licensing, provisioning, and network configuration)
    • Overview of the Domain Name System and DNS resolution flow through BIG-IP DNS
    • Configuring DNS listeners
    • Accelerating DNS resolution with DNS Express, DNS cache, and DNS server load balancing
    • Intelligent DNS resolution with wide IPs and wide IP pools
    • Using probes and metrics to assist the intelligent DNS resolution process
    • Intelligent DNS load balancing methods
    • Monitoring intelligent DNS resources
    • Logging GSLB load-balancing decisions
    • Using DNSSEC
    • Integrating iRules in the DNS resolution process
    • Managing BIG-IP DNS sync groups


    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
    • ActivatingArchiving 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 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
    • Ratio
    • Global Availability
    • Static Persist
    • Other Static Load Balancing Methods
    • Using Dynamic Load Balancing Methods
    • Round Trip Time
    • Completion Rate
    • CPU
    • Hops
    • 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

    • Review Questions


    You must complete one of the following:
    • Administering BIG-IP v12
    • BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) Essentials
    • Achieve F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator certification
    You should understand:
    • TCP/IP Addressing and Routing including the Address Resolution Protocol, Direct and Indirect Routing, and TCP Handshakes
    • Command Line Configuration
    • Common elements of and differences between WAN and LAN components
    • Fundamental programming concepts
    In addition, you should be proficient in:
    • The Linux File System
    • PICO editor or VI editor
    • The TCPDUMP program

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