Building F5 BIG-IP Lab for Free - VMware Workstation

Use for load balancing simulation, network/application testing or preparation for any f5 certification exam!
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F5 BIG-IP Installation
Network Virtualization
F5 BIG-IP Basic
Load Balancing


  • Basic Networking Knowledge
  • Basic VMware Workstation Knowledge
  • Running Linux in VMware Workstation


This course is designed to assist you build your own F5 home lab using VMware Workstation

You will be guided to complete easy steps like downloading and installing necessary Software such as BIG-IP Virtual Edition and web servers.

I will demonstrate the tuning and configuration of most of the components

Also will be doing some basic testing just to make sure we are doing everything right.

F5 BIG-IP is the most widely implemented Application Delivery Controller globally. It became popular as a Load Balancer appliance but it it can also do many things such as  SSL off-loading, Web Application Firewall, SSL VPN concentrator,  DDoS Solution and many more.

Target Audience

Network Engineers

Aspiring Network Engineers

Network Automation Engineers

F5 Specialist

System Administrators

Security Administrators


Lab is built using VMware Workstation. We will not talk about how to install it.

We will not talk about networking basics

We will not talk about F5 concept in detail

We will not talk about Python Automation

Nothing but to assist you build F5 BIG-IP Lab

This is a FREE Udemy course and we have limited time of 2 hours




Part 1: Installing Nested ESXi

Part 2: Deploying F5 BIG-IP

Part 3: Deploying Client and Server

Part 4: F5 BIG-IP Setup Utility

Part 5: Testing Load Balancing and API


Application Requirements

VMware Workstation

Putty – SSH

Remote Desktop Connection

Linux or MAC OS X (VM or Your working OS)

Provided OVA/OVF Templates

Nested VMware ESXi

F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition 13.X, 14.X or the latest

Windows Client

Training Server

Minimum System Requirement

CPU - Quad Core

RAM - 8G for the Lab (4G for a single F5 BIG-IP)

Disk - 50G for the Lab

Who this course is for:

  • Beginner Network
  • Beginner Linux
  • Beginner F5 BIG-IP
  • Beginner Load Balancing
  • Intermediate F5 BIG-IP
  • Advanced F5 BIG-IP


Founder and Chief Architect
Dean Armada
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Hi Guys! My name is Dean Armada and I am your Cloud, Data Center and CyberSecurity Instructor.

My goal is to deliver easy to understand,  top quality and unique kind of online courses in Udemy. I am in the process of developing integrated courses, something that doesn't only focus on one brand or technology.

I am proud to be one of the few instructors in Udemy who records themselves during the course delivery. Whether I am presenting, whiteboarding or doing lab demonstration, you will always see me. I do this so that I will be more CONNECTED TO YOU.

I have a very diverse background in the field of IT. I was a programmer who became a Linux administrator, who became a network engineer, who became a security specialist, who became a tech manager who became a startup tech founder but training delivery will always be my passion!

If you have any questions about Cloud, Data Center, F5, Cisco or Automation and Orchestration, feel free to send me a message and I would be happy to assist.

Trainer/Instructor Experience:

I have delivered training classes from Network, Security, Systems, Virtualization, Containerization, Programming, Storage, Servers, Cloud and Automation. I am a certified Cisco and F5 instructor and have traveled more than 30 countries and more than 60 cities since 2011. One of the busiest technical trainer and prior COVID-19, I used to have average of 10 flights / month.


F5 Certified Technology Specialist (F5-CTS), LTM

F5 Certified Technology Specialist (F5-CTS), GTM

Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE Security) #27437

Cisco Certified System Instructor (CCSI) #33824

CCNP (Data Center Security, Routing and Switching)

Cisco DevNet Professional

VMware Certified Professional (VCP) v6.5

F5 Certified Administrator (F5-CA)

Arista Certified Engineer (ACE-A)

And 50+ Other Certifications:

Awards and Recognition:

CCIE and CCSI by 30

10 year CCIE and CCSI veteran

First trainer to deliver Cisco Network Visibility and Segmentation (2019)

First trainer to deliver Cisco Firepower Next Generation Firewall Test Drive (2016)

First trainer to deliver Cisco Network as a Sensor Test Drive (2015)

Ghost Author of two of Cisco training courses (2015, 2018)

One of the first Cisco ACI Trainer (2015)

One of the first Arista Certified Trainer (2015)

One of the first Cisco Nexus 9000 Trainer (2014)

One of the first Cisco ISE Trainer (2012)

One of the first F5 Certified Trainer (2011)

First CCIE Security in the Philippines (2010)

Cisco Security Instructor Center Excellence (2018, 2020)

Cisco Data Center Instructor Center Excellence (2015, 2016)

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