Arrow Electronics, Inc.

Configuring BIG-IQ v.7.1 (Supports v.15.1 BIG-IP)


LENGTH: 16 Hours (2 days)

PRICE: £1,795.00


This 2-day course uses lectures and hands-on exercises to give participants real-time experience in configuring and using the BIG-IQ® product.

Students are introduced to BIG-IQ, its interface, and its various functionality. 

We first look at building and configuring the BIG-IQ system. Once this initial classroom environment is built, we detail the steps to get going administering BIG-IQ, then use it to manage BIG-IP devices.

After this we examine other system configurations: setting up a BIG-IQ DCD logging device, building a BIG-IQ High Availability pair, and managing BIG-IP devices in a cluster.

Course Topics

  • Introducing BIG-IQ
  • Setting Up the BIG-IQ System
  • Administering the BIG-IQ System
  • Managing BIG-IP LTM Devices
  • Setting Up the BIG-IQ DCD System
  • Custom Roles and Groups
  • Managing BIG-IP DSC
  • Administering BIG-IQ High Availability


  • Build the BIG-IQ system. Perform the initial setup, licensing and configuration, then connect it to the network so it's ready for use
  • Take an overall look at the BIG-IQ product suite. What does it include, how does it approach BIG-IP centralized management
  • With the BIG-IQ configured, connect and explore system features including the necessary initial tasks and associated steps
  • Bring your BIG-IP devices running LTM under central management by BIG-IQ. Discover their current configuration and create and deploy new traffic passing objects to them
  • The BIG-IQ needs a DCD to manage BIG-IP statistics and log data, see how to set it up and link it to the BIG-IQ system
  • Take a deeper look into user accounts on BIG-IQ and see how to create very granular accounts which limit user access
  • BIG-IP allows multiple devices to be configured into clusters. Learn how BIG-IQ remotely manages these clusters
  • Configure two existing BIG-IQ systems into an active-standby pair. Create and synchronize configuration objects, fail the pair over, de-configure the pair and return them to standalone systems.


The course is for system and network administrators responsible for the installation, setup, configuration, and administration of the BIG-IQ system. Or, it can be undertaken by operators who require some knowledge of how the systems are setup, but usually concentrate on performing particular operational tasks whether on BIG-IQ or via BIG-IQ on the managed BIG-IP devices.


BIG-IQ manages BIG-IP devices and its associated products so you need to be familiar with BIG-IP as well as having knowledge and experience of general network technology.

For BIG-IP, students should have already completed a BIG-IP based training course such as the Administering BIG-IP instructor-led course or further courses.

Free web-based training courses are available on the LearnF5 training hub ( that are helpful for any student with limited BIG-IP administration and configuration experience.

  • Getting Started with BIG-IP web-based training
  • Getting Started with Local Traffic Manager (LTM) 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
  • TCP/IP concepts
  • IP addressing and subnetting
  • Network firewalls
  • LAN vs. WAN
  • HTTP Protocol
  • Security and Authentication


BIG-IQ Overview

  • BIG-IQ Centralized Management
  • BIG-IQ Approach
  • BIG-IQ Core Functionality
  • BIG-IQ Data Collection Device (DCD)
  • BIG-IP Cloud Edition (CE)
  • Setting Up the BIG-IQ System

Administering the BIG-IQ System

  • Controlling Access to the BIG-IQ
  • Creating, Authenticating, Configuring Users and their Roles
  • System Backups
  • Configuring DNS, NTP, and SMTP
  • Monitoring the BIG-IQ, DCD, and BIG-IP events and alerts
  • Monitoring BIG-IQ with iHealth
  • Post Installation Issues; Licensing, Changing Management IP, Master Key, Restoring Backups
  • Managing BIG-IP LTM Devices
    • BIG-IP LTM Device Discovery
    • BIG-IP Device Backup
    • Deploying to BIG-IP Devices, Various Methods and Logs
    • BIG-IQ Configuration Snapshots
    • Managing BIG-IP Certificates
    • Managing BIG-IP Licenses
    • Monitoring BIG-IP Devices with iHealth
    • Management of QKView Reports from Managed BIG-IP Devices

  • Setting Up the BIG-IQ Data Collection Device
  • Custom Role Types and Groups
    • Setting up User Accounts with custom roles and privileges

  • Managing BIG-IP DSC
    • Discovery and management of BIG-IP Device Clusters (DSC) with BIG-IQ

  • Administering BIG-IQ High Availability
    • Configuration and management of BIG-IQ systems in a High Availability pair

Follow on courses

F5N_BIG-LTM-CFG-3, Configuring BIG-IP LTM: Local Traffic Manager v.16.1
F5N_BIG-DNS-I, Configuring BIG-IP DNS (formerly GTM) v.16.1
F5N_BIG-AWF-CFG, Configuring F5 Advanced WAF (previously licensed as ASM) v16.1
F5N_BIG-EGW-APM, Configuring BIG-IP APM: Access Policy Manager v.16.1

Session Dates