As i said before i got an opportunity to test my knowledge (101v2 beta) and off course learn more about F5 ADC and other stuff. The information you need to learn is published in the official Blueprint Application Delivery Fundamentals. This new version will be available on Q1 2015.
A good tool is F5 University where you have free WBTs of LTM&APM (and more!!!), and hands-on on a virtual lab (code 10.x and 11.x). I think the most important are:
A few facts:
- The exam is based on 11.4.0 code
- Exam cost 105 euros + VAT
- The exam 101v2 will have 80 questions (70 scored and 10 unscored), and a minimum of 69% to pass it
- Pre-requirement to go to the next level Exam 201 – TMOS Administration and be a F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator (F5-CA)
- All questions are scored equally
- Passing the exam will be valid for 2 years
- Most people agree that the v2 practice exam is much harder than the v1 production exam (mostly because of the number of questions).
I took the followed information from http://veritablenetworks.blogspot.pt/(Rich Hill) and change a few things for the renewed exam (101v2).
You can download my personal notes here.
Section 1 – OSI
Most of this information is common knowledge in the networking industry, but you probably don´t a few things especially when you get to the application layer protocols (sorry if i undervalue you!). The Wikipedia articles play a big role here, and yes Wikipedia Rulez!
- Objective 1.01 – Explain, compare and contrast the OSI layers
- Objective 1.02 – Explain protocols and technologies specific to the data-link layer
- Objective 1.03 – Explain protocols and apply technologies specific to the network layer
- Objective 1.04 – Explain the features and functionality of protocols and technologies specific to the transport layer
MTU / MSS
TCP Connection Setup by Virtual Server Type
TCP Profile Settings (Tunables)
UDP Profile Settings (Tunables)
TCPDUMP on F5
Functionality of ports in general
Process of a reset
- Objective 1.05 – Explain the features and functionality of protocols and technologies specific to the application layer
Application Layer Traffic Managment on F5
HTTP Status Codes
F5 HTTP White Paper
DNS Record Types
F5 SIP White Paper
My Name is URL
Section 2 – F5 Solutions and Technology
In this section, we get into the actual F5 Solutions. Most engineers taking this exam will be experienced with LTM and iRules, but little else. Hopefully, the familiarity gained from the F5 datasheets and white papers shown below will help you to understand the breadth of the F5 offerings. Prepare to take the first step into a larger world.
- Objective 2.01 – Articulate the role of F5 products
- Objective 2.02 – Explain the purpose, use and advantages of iRules
- Objective 2.03 – Explain the purpose, use and advantages of iApps
- Objective 2.05 – Explain the purpose of and use cases for full proxy and packet forwarding/packet based architectures
- Objective 2.06 – Explain the advantages and configurations of high availability (HA)
Section 3 – Load Balancing Essentials
This section is a short one compared to the previous two. If you’re going after an F5 certification, you’re probably already familiar with much of this material, so you probably won’t have to study as much for this section. It never hurts to brush up on the algorithms and persistence methods.
- Objective 3.01 – Discuss the purpose of, use cases for, and key considerations related to load balancing
Load Balancing Wiki
Load Balancing 101
Load Balancing Algorithms (Devcentral)
More on Load Balancing Algorithms
Another Load Balancing Algorithm Article
Yet Another Load Balancing Algorithm Article
- Objective 3.02 – Differentiate between a client and a server
Client / Server on Wiki – Yes, I’m surprised this is even a question.
Section 4 – Security
- Objective 4.01 – Compare and contrast positive and negative security models
- Objective 4.02 – Explain the purpose and cryptographic services
- Objective 4.03 – Describe the purpose and advantages of authentication
- Objective 4.04 – Describe the purpose, advantages and use cases of IPsec and SSL VPN
Section 5 – Application Delivery Platforms
- Objective 5.01 – Describe the purpose, advantages, use cases, and challenges associated with hardware-based application delivery platforms and virtual machines
- Objective 5.02 – Describe the purpose of the various types of advanced acceleration techniques.
This is everything you need to know, but try learn deep something more!