F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator

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F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator

A F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator manages preexisting BIG-IP installations and preliminary fault isolations. They must have the ability to make necessary configuration changes and modify BIG-IP objects. They are also responsible for application delivery networks (ADNs) and for conducting routine management and troubleshooting of F5 Traffic Management Operating System (TMOS) devices.

Administrators must have in-depth knowledge of application proxies. They must be able to explain valid uses and methods of HTTP and must recognize and define the components of TMOS. They are responsible for describing, in detail, the 7 layers of the OSI model. Certified BIG-IP Administrators also develop basic network configurations on BIG-IP systems that includes self IPs and VLANs.

These Certified Experts use TMSH as well as a configuration utility to monitor BIG-IP resources such as virtual servers, pools, pool members, nodes, profiles and monitors. They also create, restore from and manage BIG-IP archives. Certified BIG-IP Administrators are further responsible for checking a resource's status, availability and statistics, in order to understand how BIG-IP systems are currently processing traffic.

Administrators define the role of BIG-IP systems as a proxy device within an ADN. They set up, license and provision BIG-IP systems. A Certified BIG-IP Administrator uses profiles to control the way BIG-IP systems process traffic through virtual servers. They are also responsible for troubleshooting and determining problems using various diagnostic tools.

F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrators use TCPDUMP to support and view traffic flow. They must understand and manage both partitions and user roles. A Certified BIG-IP Administrator further can explain the purpose of iRules in affecting traffic behavior. They also assist in setting up management interfaces and activating software licenses.

These Certified Experts are responsible for setting up Network Time Protocol (NTP) servers as well as Domain Name Systems (DNS). They have to specify BIG-IP Platform Properties and provision modules and resources, and they must archive BIG-IP configurations and manage F5 tools and various support resources.

Job Description

The primary responsibility of a F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator is to identify BIG-IP Traffic Processing Objects. They assist in managing load balance traffic and viewing statistics and logs. They further configure virtual servers and pools and monitor BIG-IP configuration states and files. Certified Administrators must have a proper understanding of traffic management shell hierarchical structures and their navigation.

Administrators are responsible for shutting down and restarting BIG-IP Systems. They are also responsible for loading and saving system configurations. They further must save and replicate configuration data and oversee its transition onto a BIG-IP System. F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrators must additionally map IP addresses with NATs and resolve routing issues with SNATs. They should have the ability to create a SNAT auto map within a virtual server and manage pools and their members as well as node statuses.

Administrators must monitor both timeout and interval settings. They should know how to use network maps and understand profile types and dependencies. Certified Administrators also must introduce source address affinity persistence and cookie persistence, and they must manage object states and handle SSL offloads and re-encryptions.

Certified Administrator manage logs, and they introduce high-speed logging as well. They are further responsible for High-Speed Logging Filters and HSL Configuration Objects. Administrators should have an understanding of how to use TCPDUMP on BIG-IP Systems. F5 Certified BIG IP Administrators further define user roles and administrative partitions. They must also recognize iRules components and trigger iRules with events.

Administrators must resolve virtual server connectivity issues. They must handle any problem related to hardware and basic performance. They must also investigate basic device management connectivity problems as well. Certified Administrators are additionally responsible for opening support tickets with F5, and they must provide detailed reports relating to a current device status. Administrators finally must research existing systems and application services.

Educational Qualifications

A F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator must have a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications, Electronics, Information Technology, Computer Science or some related field. Organizations usually look for candidates who have relevant work experience. They also prefer individuals with a master’s degree or some specialization.


F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator


A F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator certification program teaches individuals how to enable pre-defined virtual servers. The certification further confirms that an individual has the skills to locate where iRules are actualized within the GUI and that they have an in-depth understanding of GUI troubleshooting tools, TCP dumps and other utilities. Certification also validates that an individual has a strong working knowledge of F5 products and technologies.

Salary & Job Outlook

The Indeed Salary estimate states that on an average F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator salary ranges from approximately $60,111 per year for Training Developer to $108,682 per year for F5 Engineer. The job prospects seem to be bright, and there are going to excellent opportunities for freelancers as well. Professionals interested in going for freelancing can look for jobs in the freelance marketplace.

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