F5 Networks Configuring BIG-IP DNS v12: Domain Name System

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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, and includes a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on labs.

Intended Audience

​This course is intended for system and network administrators responsible for installation, setup, configuration, and administration of BIG-IP DNS systems. 

At Completion


​Administering BIG-IP; TCP/IP Addressing and Routing, WAN/LAN elements; and Data Center Server redundancy concepts.

Exams & Certifications


Course Outline

​Lesson 1: Setting Up the BIG-IP System

Introducing the BIG-IP System

Initially Setting Up the BIG-IP System

Archiving the BIG-IP Configuration

Leveraging F5 Support Resources and Tools


Lesson 2: Introducing the Domain Name System (DNS) and BIG-IP DNS

Understanding the Domain Name System (DNS)

Reviewing the Name Resolution Process

Implementing BIG-IP DNS

Using DNS Resolution Diagnostic Tools


Lesson 3: Accelerating DNS Resolution

Introducing DNS Resolution with BIG-IP DNS

Configuring BIG-IP DNS Listeners

Resolving DNS Queries in the Labs (Lab Zone Records)

Load Balancing Queries to a DNS Server Pool

Accelerating DNS Resolution with DNS Cache

Accelerating DNS Resolution with DNS Express

Introducing Wide IPs

Using Other Resolution Methods with BIG-IP DNS

Integrating BIG-IP DNS into Existing DNS Environments


Lesson 4: Implementing Intelligent DNS Resolutions

Introducing Intelligent DNS Resolution

Identifying Physical Network Components

Identifying 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)


Lesson 5: Using LDNS Probes and Metrics

Introducing LDNS Probes and Metrics


Lesson 6: Load Balancing Intelligent DNS Resolution

Introducing Load Balancing on BIG-IP DNS

Using Static Load Balancing Methods

Using Dynamic Load Balancing Modes

Using Quality of Service Load Balancing

Persisting DNS Query Responses

Logging GSLB Load Balancing Decisions

Using Manual Resume

Using Topology Load Balancing


Lesson 7: Monitoring Intelligent DNS Resources

Exploring Monitors

Configuring Monitors

Assigning Monitors to Resources

Monitoring Best Practices


Lesson 8: Advanced BIG-IP DNS Topics


Setting Limits for Resource Availability

Using iRules with Wide IPs

Introducing Other Wide IP Types

Implementing BIG-IP DNS Sync Groups


Lesson 9: Final Configuration Projects

Review Questions



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