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How to ace F5 – 201 TMOS administration certification exam?

In order to be  a F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator , one must pass two exams

  • Exam 101 – Application Delivery Fundamentals
  • Exam 201 – TMOS Administration

Upon passing Exam 101 Application Delivery Fundaments he/she becomes eligible to take Exam 201 TMOS Administrator provided he /she appears for Exam 201 in two years time. Unless one passes both of these exams one cannot expect any certificate from F5.  Upon passing 201 Exam F5 issues a F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator which can be downloaded from F5certification portal

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Courtesy: F5

Recently I was successful in passing F5 BIG-IP 201 exam and now I am a F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator.  When it comes to F5 exams they are quite challenging but at the same time they are straight forward.  By having good hands on experience with BIG-IP Appliance and reading the recommended resources provided by F5 one could ace this exam.

When it comes to preparation of any certification exams the main thing one always look for is the right resource, for F5 BIG-IP 201 exam there are few but quite awesome recourses available. By using them one can certainly ace the exam. There is no single dedicated book one can find for this exam however the resources available in form of study guides, videos courses and practice labs are more than enough for F5 BIG-IP 201 exam preparations.

The first thing one should have a right determination and clear vision to ace this exam as this needs good amount of dedication and time, the main resources one depend for the preparation for this exam are available from F5. F5 offers a study guide 201-TMOS Administration V2 for free which any one can download from their portal.

This study guide is very brief in nature and it covers all the topics of blue print of the F5 BIG-IP 201 exam,  the great thing about this guide it comes with lots of hyperlinks for the various topics covered. One should give a good attention to those hyperlinks and read and practice them.

The second great resource available is from F5 University  the recommended training are

  • Getting Started with F5 products
  • LTM Essentials

These videos are quite helpful in understanding the concepts and F5 terminologies, the video courses are presented in very simple manner and  quite rich in information . The content of these videos and the quiz presented after each module/topic are quite informative and relevant from exam perspective.

Thirdly the F5 Training labs which are free comes with great work books and one can get good hands on experience on F5 BIG-IP Appliances, the labs presented are so good that one can really master how to administrator BIG-IP Appliance LTM module.

Apart from using the F5 training labs , I built a virtual lab on my Mac book using F5 Big IP Virtual Appliance with 90 days trail license.

The great thing about F5 is the free resources provided by them are quite good and more than enough to nail the F5 exams , however one need to give details to minute little details like the TMSH commands usages, events generated by BIG-IP Appliance, the led status etc.

How to set up an F5 BIG-IP LTM Virtual lab on VMware Fusion?

After passing the F5 201 – TMOS Administration Exam, some of the professional friends were keen to know how to build an F5 practice lab on their personnel machines.

In this post we will walk through how to build a virtual lab for F5 201 – TMOS Administration Exam on macOS Sierra step-by-step.

We will be using the following topology to built an F5 Virtual lab so that one can practice for their 201 – TMOS Administration Exam. Before starting please ensure VMware Fusion is installed on macOS Sierra

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Fig 1 – F5 BIG-IP LTM Toplogy

We will be using four VMWare networks for this lab, by default “vmnet” is created so we need to create three more VMware networks.

  • vmnet2
  • vmnet3
  • vmnet4

The IP Address mapping and functions of VMware networks will be as follow:

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Step 1: Launch VMware fusion and then select preferences

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Step 2: Click the Icon Network and click lock icon to make changes

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Step 3 : Select + icon to add a custom network named vmnet 2 and assign the Subnet IP 172.16.1.0 and Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0. This will be the internal network. Also ensure to select the following checkbox

  • Connect the host Mac to this network
  • Provide addresses on this network via DHCP
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Step 4: Select + icon to add a custom network named vmnet 3 and assign the Subnet IP 172.16.2.0 and Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0. This will be the HA network. Also ensure to select the following checkbox

  • Connect the host Mac to this network
  • Provide addresses on this network via DHCP
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Step 4: Select + icon to add a custom network named vmnet 4 and assign the Subnet IP 10.1.0.0 and Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0. This will be the management network. Also ensure to select the following checkbox

  • Connect the host Mac to this network
  • Provide addresses on this network via DHCP
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Step 5:  Log into F5 Website and request a free trail version of BIP-IP virtual edition

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Step 6: Once an email is received from F5 with BIG-IP registration key download the BIG-IP VE System VMware Image, since the F5 201 – TMOS Administration Exam is based on TMOS version of 11.4 we will be downloading a BIG -IP V 11.4 – Virtual Edition for our labs. Download an OVA file for  VMware ESX/i Server v4.1-5.1 as its compatible with VMware fusion.

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Step 7-a: Import the BIG-IP VE System VMware Image VMware Fusion >File > Import

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Step 7 – b: Click Choose File

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Step 7 – c: Navigate to the folder where the BIG-IP VE System VMware Image was downloaded and select BIGIP-11.4.0.2384.0-scsi.ova image file and then click open

Click Continue to import the BIG-IP VE System VMware Image

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Step 7 – d: Name the new virtual machine with the desired name and then click save

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Step 7 – e: Accept the license agreements

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Step 8: Once the import is completed, click finish and then click Customize Settings to configure the Network settings, if needed one can customize memory, CPU and Hard disk settings

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Step 9-a: Customize Network Adapter setting to match the topology you are using.

In our case we will match to our topology

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Step 9-b: Map Network Adapter to the vmnet4 network as this will be assigned to the management interface of BIG-IP Virtual Appliance

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Step 9-c: Map Network Adapter 2 to the Bridge Networking Interface (in our case Network Adapter 2 will be bridged to the Wi-Fi adapter which is connected to the external network 192.168.1.0/24)

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Step 9-d: Map Network Adapter 3 to the vmnet2 network as this will be assigned to the internal interface of BIG-IP Virtual Appliance

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Step 9-e: Map Network Adapter 4 to the vmnet3 network as this will be assigned to the HA l interface of BIG-IP Virtual Appliance

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By following above steps one could a build a F5 BIG-IP LTM lab on their laptop using VMware Fusion. In upcoming post we will see how to do an initial configuration on F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition to run F5 201 – TMOS Administration Exam labs on their laptops.