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Configuring BIG-IP AFM: Advanced Firewall Manager v.13.1


Price £1,695 before tax
Length: 2 Days
Lunch : Included
Courseware : Included
Course code: F5N_BIG-AFM
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This course uses lectures and hands-on exercises to give participants real-time experience in setting up and configuring the BIG-IP® Advanced Firewall Manager system.

Students are introduced to the AFM user interface, stepping through various options that demonstrate how AFM is configured to build a network firewall and to detect and protect against DoS (Denial of Service) attacks. Reporting and log facilities are also explained and used in the course labs.

Further Firewall functionality and additional DoS facilities for DNS and SIP traffic are discussed.



• Configuration and management of the BIG-IP AFM system
• AFM Network Firewall concepts
• Network firewall options and modes
• Network firewall rules, policies, address/port lists, rule lists and schedules
• IP Intelligence facilities of dynamic black and white lists, IP reputation database and dynamic IP shunning.
• Detection and mitigation of DoS attacks
• Event logging of firewall rules and DoS attacks
• Reporting and notification facilities
• DoS Whitelists
• DoS Sweep/Flood
• DNS Firewall and DNS DoS
• Network Firewall iRules
• Port Misuse
• NEW - Intrusion Protection System
• Various AFM component troubleshooting commands


This course is intended for system and network administrators responsible for the installation, setup, configuration, and administration of the BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM) system.


Students must complete one of the following F5 prerequisites before attending this course:

• Administering BIG-IP instructor-led course
• F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator

The following free web-based training courses, although optional, will be very helpful for any student with limited BIG-IP administration and configuration experience. These courses are available at F5 University (

• Getting Started with BIG-IP
• Getting Started with BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM)
• Getting Started with BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)

The following general network technology knowledge and experience are recommended before attending any F5 Global Training Services instructor-led course:

• OSI model encapsulation
• Routing and switching
• Ethernet and ARP
• TCP/IP concepts
• IP addressing and subnetting
• NAT and private IP addressing
• Default gateway
• Network firewalls
• LAN vs. WAN

The following course-specific knowledge and experience are suggested before attending this course:

• HTTP and DNS protocols


Chapter 1: Setting up the BIG-IP System

• Introducing the BIG-IP System
• Initially Setting Up the BIG-IP System
• Archiving the BIG-IP System Configuration
• Leveraging F5 Support Resources and Tools

Chapter 2: AFM Overview and Network Firewall

• AFM Overview
• AFM Availability
• AFM and the BIG-IP Security Menu
• Explaining F5 Terminology
• Network Firewall
• Contexts
• Modes (Positive or Negative Security)
• Packet Processing
• Rules and Direction
• Rules Contexts and Processing
• Configuring Network Firewall
• Network Firewall Rules and Their Options
• Identify Traffic by Region with Geolocation
• Identifying Redundant and Conflicting Rules
• Identifying Stale Rules
• Prebuilding Firewall Rules with Lists and Schedules
• Rule Lists
• Address Lists
• Port Lists
• Schedules
• Network Firewall Policies
• Policy Status and Management
• Edit Existing Policies and Rules using the Inline Rule Editor
• Redirecting Traffic with Send to Virtual
• Checking Rule Processing with Packet Tester
• Examining Connections with Flow Inspector
Chapter 3: Logs

• Overview
• Event Logs
• Logging Profiles
• Limiting Log Messages with Log Throttling
• Enabling Logging in Firewall Rules
• BIG-IP Logging Mechanisms
• Log Publisher
• Log Destination
• Filtering Logs with the Custom Search Facility
• Logging Global Rule Events
• Log Configuration Changes
• QKView and Log Files
• SNMP Traps

Chapter 4: IP Intelligence

• Overview
• Feature 1 Dynamic Black and White Lists
• Black List Categories
• Feed Lists
• IP Intelligence Policies
• IP Intelligence Log Profile
• IP Intelligence Reporting
• Troubleshooting IP Intelligence Lists
• Feature 2 IP Intelligence Database
• Licensing
• Installation
• Configuration
• Troubleshooting
• IP Intelligence iRule

Chapter 5: Device DoS

• Denial of Service and DoS Protection Overview
• Device DoS
• Configuring Device DoS
• Variant 1 DoS Vectors
• Variant 2 DoS Vectors
• Automatic Threshold Configuration
• Variant 3 DoS Vectors
• Bad Actor and Blacklist Address
• Device DoS Profiles
• DoS Protection Profile
• Dynamic Signatures
• DoS iRules

Chapter 6: Reports

• AFM Reporting Facilities Overview
• Examining the Status of Particular AFM Features
• Exporting the Data
• Managing the Reporting Settings
• Scheduling Reports
• Examining AFM Status at High Level
• Mini Reporting Windows (Widgets)
• Building Custom Widgets
• Deleting and Restoring Widgets
• Dashboards

Chapter 7: DoS White Lists

• Bypassing DoS Checks with White Lists
• Configuring DoS White Lists
• tmsh options
• Whitelist Address List

Chapter 8: DoS Sweep Flood Protection

• Isolating Bad Clients with Sweep Flood
• Configuring Sweep Flood
Chapter 9: IP Intelligence Shun
• IP Intelligence Shun
• Manual Configuration
• Dynamic Configuration
• IP Intelligence Policy
• tmsh options
• Extending the Shun Feature
• Route this Traffic to Nowhere - Remotely Triggered Black Hole
• Route this Traffic for Further Processing - Scrubber

Chapter 10: DNS Firewall
• Filtering DNS Traffic with DNS Firewall
• Configuring DNS Firewall
• DNS Query Types
• DNS Opcode Types
• Logging DNS Firewall Events
• Troubleshooting

Chapter 11: DNS DoS

• Overview
• Configuring DNS DoS
• DoS Protection Profile
• Device DoS and DNS

Chapter 12: SIP DoS

• Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)
• Transactions and Dialogs
• SIP DoS Configuration
• DoS Protection Profile
• Device DoS and SIP
• SIP iRules

Chapter 13: Network Firewall iRules

• Network Firewall iRules
• iRule Events
• Configuration
• When to use iRules
• More Information

Chapter 14: Port Misuse

• Port Misuse Overview
• Port Misuse and Service Policies
• Building a Port Misuse Policy
• Attaching a Service Policy
• Creating a Log Profile

Chapter 15: Intrusion Protection System

• Intrusion Protection System Overview
• IPS Component Functionality: Compliance and Signatures
• IPS Implementation
• Inspection Profiles
• Inspection List
• Inspection Logs
• Applying IPS Configurations in AFM
• Configuring Protocol Compliance
• Inspection Log - Compliance
• Configuring Attack Signatures
• Creating Your Own Custom Attack Signatures
• System and Custom Signature Storage


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