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Configuring BIG-IP DNS (formerly GTM) v.13.1


Price £1,300 before tax
Length: 2 Days
Lunch : Included
Courseware : Included
Course code: F5N_BIG-DNS-I
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    £1,300 before tax
  • Virtual Classroom
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  • London - Dowgate Hill
    £1,300 before tax
  • Virtual Classroom
    £1,300 before tax
  • London - Dowgate Hill
    £1,300 before tax
  • Virtual Classroom
    £1,300 before tax
  • London - Dowgate Hill
    £1,300 before tax
  • Virtual Classroom
    £1,300 before tax
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This course gives networking professionals a functional understanding of the BIG-IP DNS system as it is commonly used. The course covers installation, configuration, and ongoing management of the BIG-IP DNS system, and includes both lecture and many 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


This course is intended for system and network administrators responsible for installation, setup, configuration, and administration of BIG-IP DNS systems.


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 DNS

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:

• DNS resolution process
• Experience configuring DNS content and resolution servers


Chapter 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
• Provision the BIG-IP System and Confirm Network Configuration

Chapter 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

Chapter 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

Chapter 4: Implementing Intelligent DNS Resolutions

• Introducing Intelligent DNS Resolution
• Identifying Physical Network Components
• 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)

Chapter 5: Using LDNS Probes and Metrics

• Introducing LDNS Probes and Metrics
• Types of LDNS Probes
• Excluding an LDNS from Probing
• Configuring Probe Metrics Collection

Chapter 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
• 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

Chapter 7: Monitoring Intelligent DNS Resources

• Exploring Monitors
• Configuring Monitors
• Assigning Monitors to Resources
• Monitoring Best Practices

Chapter 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

Chapter 9: Final Configuration Projects


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