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code: F5N-IRULES | version: v16.1

This course provides networking professionals a functional understanding of iRules development. The course builds on the foundation of the Administering BIG-IP v11 course, demonstrating how to logically plan and write iRules to help monitor and manage common tasks involved with processing traffic on the BIG-IP. Course Labs consist of writing, applying and evaluating the effect of iRules on LTM traffic. This hands-on course includes lectures, labs, and discussions.

This course is intended for system administrators, network administrators and application developers responsible for the customization of traffic flow through a BIG-IP system.


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  1. Setting Up the BIG-IP System
    • Introducing the BIG-IP System
    • Initially Setting Up the BIG-IP System
    • Archiving the BIG-IP Configurations
    • Leveraging F5 Support Resources and Tools
  2. Getting Started with iRules
    • Customizing Application Delivery with iRules
    • Triggering an iRule
    • Leveraging the DevCentral Ecosystem
    • Using the F5 iRule Editor
    • Assigning and Testing iRules
  3. Exploring iRule Elements
    • Understanding Events and Event Context
    • Introducing iRule Constructs
    • Working with iRule Commands
    • Working with User-Defined Variables
    • Working with Operators and Data Types
    • Working with Control Structures
    • Logging from an iRule Using syslog-ng
    • Incorporating Best Practices in iRules
  4. Developing and Troubleshooting iRules
    • Mastering Whitespace and Special Symbols
    • Developing and Troubleshooting Tips
    • Using Fiddler to Test and Troubleshoot iRules
  5. Optimizing iRules Execution
    • Understanding the Need for Efficiency
    • Measuing iRule Runtime Efficiency
    • Modularizing for Administrative Efficiency
    • Using Procedures to Modularize Code
    • Optimizing Logging
    • Implementing Other Efficiency Best Practices
  6. Securing Applications with iRules
    • Reviewing BIG-IP Security Features
    • Preventing Common HTTP Attacks
  7. Working with Numbers and Strings
    • Understanding Number Forms and Notation
    • Working with Strings
      • Parsing Strings
      • Combining Strings
      • iRule String Parsing Functions
  8. Focusing on HTTP Traffic
    • Reviewing HTTP Headers and Commands
    • Accessing and Manipulating HTTP Headers
    • Parsing the HTTP URI
    • Selectively Compressing HTTP Data
  9. Working with iFiles and Data Groups
    • Working with iFiles
    • Working with Data Groups
    • Processing Data Groups
  10. Using iRules with Universal Persistence, Stream, and Statistics Profiles
    • Implementing Universal Persistence
    • Working with the Stream Profile
    • Working with the Statistics Profile
    • Using iStats
  11. Incorporating Advanced Variables
    • Using Advanced Variables
    • Using Static Variables
    • Understanding Global Variables
    • Using the Session Table
  12. Additional Training and Certification
    • Getting Started Series Web-Based Training
    • F5 Instructor Led Training Curriculum
    • F5 Professional Certification Program
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Additional information


Before attending the Troubleshooting, ASM, DNS, APM, AAM, AFM, VIPRION or iRules courses is mandatory:

  • to take part in the BIG-IP Admin or LTM course
  • or possession of F5-CA or F5-CTS LTM certification
  • or pass special assessment test with sore 70% or greater.

To take assessment test:
Step 1: get an account on F5 University
Step 2: goto My Training and find Administering BIG-IP Course Equivalency Assessment
Take the test. Pass mark is 70%
Step 3: take a screen shot as proof of results
If this prerequisite is not met, F5 Networks have the right to refuse entry to the class.

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Duration 3 days

The participants will obtain certificates signed by F5 Networks (course completion).


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