F5 Networks Configuring BIG-IP DNS: Domain Name System (formerly GTM) v13

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 management of the BIG-IP DNS system, and includes a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on labs.

Course Outline

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

  • Archiving 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 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)

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

Lesson 10: Additional Training and Certification

  • Getting Started Series Web-Based Training

  • F5 Instructor Led Training Curriculum

  • F5 Professional Certification Program


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


Administering BIG-IP; TCP/IP Addressing and Routing, WAN/LAN elements; and Data Center Server redundancy concepts.

Available Course Dates

01/16/2018 10:00 am - 01/17/2018 6:00 pm
02/26/2018 10:00 am - 02/27/2018 6:00 pm
04/09/2018 10:00 am - 04/10/2018 6:00 pm
05/21/2018 10:00 am - 05/22/2018 6:00 pm
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