What is F5 Load Balancers:  Load Balancers are the product from F5 which is named as BIG IP F5 which provides load balancing to the clusters of the server so that it can increase the performance of the server and prevent it to not feel the crunch. We configured a virtual server to the F5 load balancers and give it a virtual IP and named it VIP. In this server, we can do way lot more things but the major part is load balance. You can tell your F5 device that if the load is coming on the IP address of virtual server then send it to the remaining server.

Professional F5 Certification Program:

F5 provide various professional certification program at different levels depending on qualifications and exam requirements.

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F5 Certification Details:

Following are the basic details for the certifications

EXAM

DETAILS CERTIFICATE ALLOCATED

101 Application Delivery Fundamentals

Prerequisite to 201 exam. No certificate issued.

201 TMOS Administration

F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator (F5-CA)

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301a LTM Technology Specialist Exam: Architect, Setup & Deploy

Prerequisite to 301b exam. No certificate issued.

301b LTM Technology Specialist Exam: Maintain & Troubleshoot

F5Certified Technology Specialist in LTM (F5-CTS, LTM)

 

 

 

f5 technology expert

 

 

 

302 GTM Technology Specialist Exam

F5 Certified Technology Specialist in GTM (F5-CTS, GTM)

303 ASM Technology Specialist Exam

F5 Certified Technology Specialist in ASM (F5-CTS, ASM)

304 APM Technology Specialist Exam

F5 Certified Technology Specialist in APM (F5-CTS, APM)

401 Security Solution Expert

F5-CA Certification

F5-CTS LTM Certification

F5-CTS GTM Certification

F5-CTS ASM Certification

F5-CTS APM Certification

 

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EXAM SUMMARY:

  • 101 Application Delivery Fundamentals: This is one of the basic exams, all candidates must take this exam for the further F5 Certification program. This is the first exam for F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator status. Also, this is a prerequisite to “201 TMOS Administration” for F5 Certified Administrator. This exam provides the knowledge and skills to manage necessary F5 products and technologies.

Syllabus: This exam cover’s, OSI, F5 Solutions and Technology, Load Balancing Essentials, Security, Application Delivery Platforms.

Job Roles: Network Administrator.

  • 201 TMOS Administration: This is the second exam for F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator status. 101 Application Delivery Fundamentals exam must be passed by the candidate as it a prerequisite for 201 TMOS Administration. The exam recognizes that a candidate should know basic operations and troubleshooting for TMOS found devices.

Syllabus: This exam covers, Troubleshoot basic virtual server Connectivity issues, Troubleshoot basic hardware issues, Troubleshoot basic performance issues, Troubleshoot basic performance issues, Troubleshoot basic device management connectivity issues, Open a support ticket with F5, Maintain system configuration, Manage existing system and application services.

Job Roles: Network Administrator.

  • 301a LTM Technology Specialist Exam: Architect, Setup & Deploy: This is one of the two exams required for Certified F5 Technology Specialist, LTM status. A candidate who passes this exam should know SSL based VPN implementation to symmetric and asymmetric acceleration, and can draw on that insight to integrate BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) into existing networks with new technologies.

Syllabus: This exam covers, Architect an application, Set-up, administer, and secure LTM devices 73, Deploy applications.

Job Roles: Network Administrator.

  • 301b LTM Technology Specialist Exam: Maintain & Troubleshoot: This is two of the two exams required for Certified F5 Technology Specialist, LTM status. Prerequisite of this exam is 301a Exam. This exam makes a candidate qualified to design, implement, maintain, and troubleshoot advanced F5 product features to enhance the effectiveness of an Application Delivery Network. A candidate who passes this exam should know from SSL-based VPN implementation to symmetric and asymmetric acceleration integrates Local Traffic Manager (LTM) into existing networks with new technologies.

Syllabus: This exam covers, Troubleshoot Basic Virtual Server Connectivity Issues, Troubleshoot basic hardware issues, Troubleshoot basic performance issues.

Job Roles: Network Administrator.

  • 302 GTM Technology Specialist Exam: A candidate who passes this exam is applicable to work on application delivery architects and application delivery engineers working with F5 BIG-IP GTM.

Syllabus: This exam cover’s, basic GTM fundamental, Deployment, Operations and Troubleshooting.

Job Roles: Network Administrator.

  • 303 ASM Technology Specialist Exam:  This exam is qualified by a candidate to design, implement, and maintain ASM, with advanced features. The Technology Specialist certification for ASM, builds upon the BIG-IP Administrator certification.

Syllabus: This exam cover’s, Assess security needs and choose an appropriate ASM policy, Create and customize policies, Maintain policy, and other ASM fundamentals.

Job Roles: Network Administrator.

  • 304 APM Technology Specialist Exam: After completion of the exam a candidate should have the knowledge and skills necessary for day-to-day management of Application Delivery Networks (ADNs) that incorporate technologies based on the F5 TMOS operating system (v11). This exam is required to achieve Certified F5 Technology Specialist, APM status.

Syllabus: This exam cover’s, Assess security needs and requirements to create an APM policy, Configure and deploy an access profile, Maintain APM access profiles, Identify and resolve APM issues.

Job Roles: Network Administrator, Technology Specialist.

  • 401 Security Solution Expert:  401 Security Solution Expert exam makes a candidate valid for business requirements for security and articulate technical requirements driven by the business and provide skills for technical requirements for a security solution and articulate the value of the solution (v12).

Syllabus: This exam cover’s, Local Traffic Manager (LTM), GTM, IP Intelligence, The F5 DDoS Protection Reference Architecture, Application Firewall Module (AFM), WebSafe/MobileSafe, Application Security Module (ASM), Application Policy Module (APM), BIG IP APM – Secure Web Gateway (SWG), BIG IQ, F5 vulnerability response policy and security audit.

Job Roles: Network Administrator, Architect.

Exam retakes policy:

  1. If you fail an exam in first attempt, you will not be allowed to sit for your retake exam for 15 days.
  2. If you fail the second attempt, you will not be allowed to sit for your retake exam for 30 days.
  3. If you fail the third attempt, you will not be allowed to sit for your retake exam for 45 days.
  4. If you fail your exam the fourth attempt, you will not be allowed to sit for your retake exam for one year.

Expiration of certificate: F5 certifications are valid for two (2) years.

Exam F5 Certification: F5 Certification exams cost $135 USD, not including local taxes and fees. For all the certifications exam fees are same.

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Conclusion:  A wise quote from Stephen R. Covey “The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.” And we belong to the world where each and every second made a change so nobody wants to waste their time because of your website performance and there it is, technology made Load Balancers to make your CPU utilization less and increment in your server performance so that client does not feel the crunch.

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