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Configuring BIG-IP on VIPRION


Price £820 before tax
Length: 1 Day
Lunch : Included
Courseware : Included
Course code: F5N_VPR-1
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  • Chertsey
    £820 before tax
This training is also available as onsite training. Feel free to contact us for more information.


This course provides network professionals with a functional understanding of the BIG-IP VIPRION platform. It includes an overview of the chassis, hardware options, Clustered Multiprocessing (CMP) and virtual CMP (vCMP) deployment options.

The course includes lectures, demonstrations, hands-on labs, and discussions.


•    BIG-IP VIPRION system setup
•    VIPRION chassis and blade hardware options overview
•    Clustered MultiProcessing (CMP)
•    Configuring virtual CMP (vCMP) host and guests
•    High-Availability with vCMP and non-vCMP systems
•    Hardware maintenance and basic troubleshooting
•    Lab projects

By the time you finish this course, you should be able to identify various VIPRION chassis and hardware options, perform an initial configuration of the BIG-IP VIPRION system, and configure a vCMP host and guests. Additionally, you should be able to monitor, administer, and perform basic troubleshooting tasks on traffic processed by a BIG-IP VIPRION system.


This course is intended for system and network administrators responsible for installation, setup, configuration, and administration of the BIG-IP VIPRION system. You will benefit from first attending the Configuring BIG-IP LTM instructor-led training and having several months or more experience configuring BIG-IP LTM before attending this course.


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

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


F5 US has brought out a BIG-IP Admin exam which can be taken before attending the LTM course.  Indeed, this test should be taken by anyone wanting to attend any of the F5 specialist classes (DNS, APM, ASM, AFM etc.) if they have not attended the BIG-IP Admin or LTM class.

Although this is not mandatory, F5 would like to stress the importance of anyone attending F5 specialist classes if they have not attended an Admin class or passed the test below with 70% or greater.  Obviously, a 201 BIG-IP Administrator exam certification is an instant prerequisite.

Step 1: get an account on F5 University (

Step 2: goto:

Take the test.  Pass mark is 70%.

Step 3: take a screen shot as proof of your results.

Please note that if this prerequisite is not met, Arrow ECS reserves the right to refuse entry to the class without refund.

The following free web-based 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 web-based training
•    Getting Started with BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) web-based training
•    Getting Started with VIPRION web-based training

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


Chapter 1: Introducing the VIPRION System Architecture

•    Introducing the VIPRION System
•    VIPRION 2000 Series Chassis
•    VIPRION 4000 Series Chassis
•    Primary and Secondary Blades
•    VIPRION Cables and Transceivers
•    Other Components

Chapter 2: Setting Up a BIG-IP VIPRION System

•    Initial BIG-IP Setup Utility Steps
•    Creating an Archive of the BIG-IP System
•    BIG-IP 5200V System Setup Labs

Chapter 3: Load Balancing Traffic with CMP

•    What is CMP?
•    Understanding the Disaggregator (DAG)
•    Differentiating between CMP-enabled and CMP-disabled
•    Understanding the Relationship Between CMP and Persistence Records and iRules Variables
•    VIPRION Features and Technologies

Chapter 4: Running VIPRION with vCMP

•    What is vCMP?
•    vCMP Licensing and Provisioning
•    F5 Virtualization
•    vCMP Host and vCMP Guests
•    Physical and Logical Cores
•    Virtual Disks
•    Flexible Resource Allocation

Chapter 5: Configuring a High Availability Deployment in a VIPRION System

•    Introducing Device Service Clustering (DSC)
•    Introducing Network Failover Communication
•    Preparing to Deploy a DSC Configuration
•    Configuring DSC Communication
•    Establishing Device Trust
•    Establishing a Sync-Failover Device Group
•    Synchronizing Configuration Data
•    Exploring Traffic Groups
•    Understanding Failover Managers and Triggers
•    Understanding HA Group Monitors
•    Cluster High Availability without vCMP
•    Mirroring for VIPRION Systems

Chapter 6: Managing Blades and Performing Hardware Maintenance

•    Recommended VIPRION Practices
•    Full Cluster Start-Up
•    Adding a New Blade
•    VIPRION Troubleshooting Commands
•    Troubleshooting Tools
•    Contact F5 Technical Support
•    End User Diagnostics (EUD)

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