Students are introduced to BIG-IQ, its interface, and its various functionality. We first look at administering and operating the BIG-IQ system itself, then detail how it is used to remotely manage BIG-IP devices running BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM).

We then look at configuring a BIG-IQ Data Collection Device (DCD) system and see how it is used for the remote storage and examination of BIG-IP log events and statistics.


Students are required to complete one of the following F5 prerequisites before attending this course:

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

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(http://university.f5.com):

Getting Started with BIG-IP ▪ Getting Started with BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM)

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

Delegates will learn how to

  • The installation and setup of the BIG-IQ system
  • An overview of the BIG-IQ product set and its approach to managing BIG-IP devices.
  • Administering the BIG-IQ system and its facilities
  • Managing BIG-IP LTM devices through their discovery and the subsequent central control and deployment of product objects used on these devices
  • BIG-IQ and managed BIG-IP device troubleshooting steps
  • BIG-IQ and managed BIG-IP device monitoring and reporting facilities
  • The installation and setup of a BIG-IQ Data Collection Device (DCD)
  • Logging and examining BIG-IP LTM events via the BIG-IQ DCD


Setting Up the BIG-IQ System BIG-IQ Overview

  • BIG-IQ Centralized Management
  • BIG-IQ Components
  • BIG-IQ Core Functionality
  • REST
  • BIG-IQ Data Collection Device
  • BIG-IP Cloud Edition Administering the BIG-IQ System
  • Controlling Access to the BIG-IQ
  • Creating, Authenticating, Configuring Users
  • Backups
  • Local Host Settings
  • Configuring DNS, NTP, and SMTP
  • Monitoring BIG-IQ, DCD, and BIG-IP Events with 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
  • Deployment and Deployment Logs
  • 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
  • Managing BIG-IP Devices using Application Templates
  • Managing BIG-IP ASM
  • Managing BIG-IP AFM
  • Managing BIG-IP AFM DoS
  • Managing BIG-IP APM
  • Managing BIG-IP DNS
  • Monitoring BIG-IP DSC
  • Administering BIG-IQ High