F5 LTM Introduction - Learn to Load Balance

Learn the basics to Load Balancers. This F5 load balancer tutorial course walks you through Version 10 of the F5 LTM.
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2013 English

Course Description

F5 Network LTM

In this F5 Load Balancer Tutorial course, you will learn an introduction to the F5 Local Traffic Management Device. I will break down F5 concepts for you to utilize an F5 in your environment. I will walk you through installation and using the lab for your benefit to get hands on to prepare for a deployment in your environment.

What will you learn in this f5 load balancer tutorial:

  • how to use the GUI
  • about nodes, Pools, and Virtual Servers
  • how to setup monitors
  • about persistence
  • about SSL
  • the concept of iRules
  • about failover
  • and how F5 is setup for High Availability.

If you would like to learn and gain knowledge of how to load balance using an F5 LTM, this F5 load balancer tutorial course is for you.


What are the requirements?

  • VMWARE Player

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course, you will have a general understanding of F5 LTM Devices
  • Learn how to setup and install a Virtual F5 for Lab Purposes.
  • Acquire knowledge of Network Maps and Load Basics.
  • Learn the Basics of Nodes, Pools, and Virtual Servers.
  • In this course you will learn, what a Monitor is.
  • Configure SSL.
  • What is NAT and SNAT?
  • Learn the concept of High Availability.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is intended for anyone that is going to deploy an F5 LTM or is interested in learning about the F5 LTM.

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Introduction to F5 LTM
What is F5 and what other options do we have out on the market for Load Balancing? 
Section 2: Installation
This is one of the most important courses in the lab as you will understand how to download F5 Free Trial Software.  This will enable you to work with the F5 from your home computer. This is a very crucial part of the course, please let me know if you have any problems. 
The F5 Introduction will walk you through additional installation steps and knowledge of how the F5 is setup. 
You will need gain an understanding for the GUI.  The graphical interface for the F5 is the easiest and fastest way to navigate if you are brand new to the environment. 
Section 3: F5 Concepts
Load Balancing! We are at a point where we will need to understand load balancing.  This walk through will give you a general understanding of what load balancing is and the options that we have within the F5. 
As we look at Nodes, Pools, and Virtual Servers you should have a grasp for the F5 Local Traffic Management when it comes to Load Balancing. This lecture will allow you to setup traffic management.
Health is very important when it comes to F5.  F5 will load balance traffic depending upon if your device is up or down.  The monitors we have in the F5 can determine based on the options you choose, if a device is up or down. 
Persistence affects traffic and how it will be processed through your environment.  Do you want Cookie based? Do you want Source Based?  Learn the different options the F5 has to offer!
SSL is a tough topic when understanding the F5. It can be tricky if your not familiar with the topic of SSL and setting up authentication.  In this lecture you should grasp a good understanding of SSL and how to set it up. 
NAT and SNAT. Source Based Translation and One to One Mapping.  The F5 has different options and not necessarily the same type of translation you may experience in other vendors.  In this lecture you should acquire a firm understanding of the F5 NAT and SNAT.
iRules are a difficult topic. In this lecture we will touch the tip of the iceberg. We won't look at this in depth in this series but learn iRules from an introductory standpoint. 
High Availability is important to any organization. We shall focus on the redundancy options that F5 has to offer. 
Failover and the F5. I love how F5 has HA setup and failover configured. It makes life easy for the engineers that are maintaining it. I hope you have the same feelings after learning what F5 has to offer with it's failover. 
Section 4: Conclusion
We wrap up the course and at this time you should have a general understanding of the F5. Stay tuned for the advanced series.  If you would like to see other items not covered in the lecture thus far, let me know!
Section 5: F5 Advanced

This video is a brief introduction into the upcoming advanced sections.


Install F5 Version 11

Section 6: Troubleshooting

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Instructor Biography

Rich Blea, Network Engineer

A current Tier 2 Network Engineer for a large company servicing thousands of customers. I have worked as an instructor for ITT Technical institute teaching courses in Systems Administration and Network Security. I have also hosted workshops for Microsoft Office Products. I am currently certified in Comptia, F5, and Juniper Network Exams, working right now to complete CCNP Certifications this year. 

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