F5 Networks: Configuring BIG-IP DNS v12.x

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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.


At the end of this course, the student should be able to: Integrate BIG-IP DNS into their DNS environment; configure and manage a BIG-IP DNS sync group and configure the BIG-IP DNS system for both accelerated and intelligent DNS resolution.


This course is intended for network architects, network engineers, network administrators, network operators, security architects, and security administrators responsible for the design, installation, setup, configuring, and ongoing administration and management of BIG-IP DNS.


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 NTP Servers
  • Configuring DNS Settings
  • Configuring High Availability Options
  • Configuring a Standard Pair
  • Creating an Archive of the BIG-IP System
  • Leveraging F5 Support Resources and Tools

Introducing the Domain Name System and BIG-IP DNS

  • Understanding the Domain Name System (DNS)
  • Reviewing the Name Resolution Process
  • Implementing BIG-IP DNS
  • Using DNS Resolution Diagnostic Tools

Accelerating DNS Resolution

  • Introducing DNS Resolution with BIG-IP DNS
  • BIG-IP DNS Resolution Decision Flow
  • Configuring DNS Listeners
  • Resolving DNS Queries in the Labs (Lab Zone Records)
  • Load Balancing DNS Queries
  • Leveraging DNS Cache
  • Using DNS Express
  • Introducing Wide IPs
  • Using Other DNS Resolution Methods
  • Integrating BIG-IP into Existing DNS Environments

Implementing Intelligent DNS Resolutions

  • Introducing Intelligent DNS Resolution
  • Identifying the Physical Network Components
  • Identifying the 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)

Using LDNS Probes and Metrics

  • Introducing LDNS Probes and Metrics
  • Configuring Probe Metrics Collection

Load Balancing Intelligent DNS Resolution

  • Overview of Load Balancing
  • Using Static Load Balancing Methods
  • Using Dynamic Load Balancing Modes
  • Using Quality of Service Load Balancing
  • Persisting DNS Query Responses
  • Configuring Manual Resume
  • Using Topology Load Balancing


  • Monitors and Metric Collection
  • Monitor Types
  • Monitor Configuration
  • Monitor Assignments
  • Monitor Status Reporting
  • Monitor Results and Best Practices

Configuration Files, Logs, and Notifications

  • BIG-IP Configuration Files
  • Logging and Notification
  • GTM Log Files
  • The Alertd Process
  • LCD Notification
  • Email Notification
  • High-Speed Logging
  • Monitoring the BIG-IP System Remotely with SNMP

Advanced Topics

  • Limits and Thresholds
  • GTM iRules
  • Other Wide IP Types
  • Synchronization Groups
  • BIG-IP iHealth and QKView Diagnostic Files
  • DNS 6 to 4
  • Using tcpdump on the BIG-IP System

Final Configuration Projects

  • Review Topics and Questions

Additional Training and Certification

  • Getting Started Series Web-Based Training
  • F5 Instructor Led Training Curriculum
  • F5 Professional Certification Program

Appendix A: BIND and ZoneRunner

  • BIND and ZoneRunner
  • Configuring BIND Files with ZoneRunner

Appendix B: Troubleshooting

  • Working with F5 Technical Support

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