As i said before i got an opportunity to test my knowledge (101v2 beta) and off course learn more about F5 ADC and other stuff. The information you need to learn is published in the official Blueprint Application Delivery Fundamentals. This new version will be available on Q1 2015.
F5 doesn´t have any guide (book,etc) like most of the vendors have, so you need to do it by your self. But i found a nice compilation did by Philip Jönsson (direct link) and another one by Rich Hill
A good tool is F5 University where you have free WBTs of LTM&APM (and more!!!), and hands-on on a virtual lab (code 10.x and 11.x). I think the most important are:
Getting Started with BIG-IP: Part 1 – Administration
Getting Started with BIG-IP: Part 2 – Application Delivery
Getting Started with BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM)
Getting Started with BIG-IP LTM: Part 1 – High Availability and Traffic Processing
Getting Started with BIG-IP LTM: Part 2 – iRules and Accelerating Traffic
A few facts:
- The exam is based on 11.4.0 code
- Exam cost 105 euros + VAT
- The exam 101v2 will have 80 questions (70 scored and 10 unscored), and a minimum of 69% to pass it
- Pre-requirement to go to the next level Exam 201 – TMOS Administration and be a F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator (F5-CA)
- All questions are scored equally
- Passing the exam will be valid for 2 years
- Most people agree that the v2 practice exam is much harder than the v1 production exam (mostly because of the number of questions).
I took the followed information from http://veritablenetworks.blogspot.pt/(Rich Hill) and change a few things for the renewed exam (101v2).
You can download my personal notes here.
Section 1 – OSI
Most of this information is common knowledge in the networking industry, but you probably don´t a few things especially when you get to the application layer protocols (sorry if i undervalue you!). The Wikipedia articles play a big role here, and yes Wikipedia Rulez!
- Objective 1.01 – Explain, compare and contrast the OSI layers
OSI Model Wiki
Another OSI Model Overview
- Objective 1.02 – Explain protocols and technologies specific to the data-link layer
Explain the purpose of a switch’s forwarding database
ARP on F5
Link Aggregation Wiki
Big IP Link Aggregation
- Objective 1.03 – Explain protocols and apply technologies specific to the network layer
Routing on F5
IP Addressing & Subnetting
IP Packet Fragmentation
IP TTL (Time to Live)
- Objective 1.04 – Explain the features and functionality of protocols and technologies specific to the transport layer
MTU / MSS
TCP Connection Setup by Virtual Server Type
TCP Profile Settings (Tunables)
UDP Profile Settings (Tunables)
TCPDUMP on F5
Functionality of ports in general
Process of a reset
- Objective 1.05 – Explain the features and functionality of protocols and technologies specific to the application layer
Application Layer Traffic Managment on F5
HTTP Status Codes
F5 HTTP White Paper
DNS Record Types
F5 SIP White Paper
My Name is URL
Section 2 – F5 Solutions and Technology
In this section, we get into the actual F5 Solutions. Most engineers taking this exam will be experienced with LTM and iRules, but little else. Hopefully, the familiarity gained from the F5 datasheets and white papers shown below will help you to understand the breadth of the F5 offerings. Prepare to take the first step into a larger world.
- Objective 2.01 – Articulate the role of F5 products
Access Policy Manager (APM)
Application Security Manager (ASM)
Local Traffic Manager (LTM)
Global Traffic Manager (GTM)
BIG-IQ and ADN Management
F5 White Papers
- Objective 2.02 – Explain the purpose, use and advantages of iRules
iRule Wiki (Requires Devcentral Login)
- Objective 2.03 – Explain the purpose, use and advantages of iApps
iApp Wiki (Requires Devcentral Login)
- Objective 2.05 – Explain the purpose of and use cases for full proxy and packet forwarding/packet based architectures
Full Proxy Architecture (Lori MacVittie rules!)
Packet-Based vs Full Proxy
Virtual Server Types
- Objective 2.06 – Explain the advantages and configurations of high availability (HA)
F5 HA Basics
Big IP HA Features
Section 3 – Load Balancing Essentials
This section is a short one compared to the previous two. If you’re going after an F5 certification, you’re probably already familiar with much of this material, so you probably won’t have to study as much for this section. It never hurts to brush up on the algorithms and persistence methods.
- Objective 3.01 – Discuss the purpose of, use cases for, and key considerations related to load balancing
Load Balancing Wiki
Load Balancing 101
Load Balancing Algorithms (Devcentral)
More on Load Balancing Algorithms
Another Load Balancing Algorithm Article
Yet Another Load Balancing Algorithm Article
- Objective 3.02 – Differentiate between a client and a server
Client / Server on Wiki – Yes, I’m surprised this is even a question.
Section 4 – Security
- Objective 4.01 – Compare and contrast positive and negative security models
Positive Security Model
Positive vs Negative Security
- Objective 4.02 – Explain the purpose and cryptographic services
SSL Certificates (Devcentral)
Symmetric vs Asymmetric Encryption
Client SSL Profiles
Server SSL Profiles
- Objective 4.03 – Describe the purpose and advantages of authentication
F5 Authentication 101
Single Sign On
- Objective 4.04 – Describe the purpose, advantages and use cases of IPsec and SSL VPN
IPSEC vs SSL VPN
Section 5 – Application Delivery Platforms
- Objective 5.01 – Describe the purpose, advantages, use cases, and challenges associated with hardware-based application delivery platforms and virtual machines
- Objective 5.02 – Describe the purpose of the various types of advanced acceleration techniques.
Application Performance Optimization
This is everything you need to know, but try learn deep something more!
BIG-IP LTM 11.4.0 Documentation
Exam 101 – Application Delivery Fundamentals
Exam 201 – TMOS Administration
12 thoughts on “Study Notes for F5 101v2-Application Delivery Fundamentals exam”
That document is updated?
Yes, i think so.
I have cleared 101 exam. Thanks for the guidance.
I’m really glad you passed the exam! Thanks for sharing your results!
I have exam on 14 Jan 2018. Can you please type of questions asked if you remember. ? Also is studying based on F5 blueprint sufficient to pass the exam ?
Go over the blueprint and you will pass it!
Satya – Can you give your email id to me , i want to contact with you for preparation of F5 exam.
Post your questions here, and i will help as much as i can.
Thanks for the post.
But i see that one f5 person has a study guide by eric mitchell.
And this one you linked is by philip, but the content on both is almost exactly the same.
And then amazon has a book by philip which is 400 pgs while the one you linked is just 120 pgs.
This is the link – https://www.amazon.com/Networks-Application-Delivery-Fundamentals-Study/dp/1312940239
So what’s exactly happening here, appreciate some clarity!
Maybe the guys are trying to make some extra $$$
Seems that 400pages is more entail for the next 201 exam
Well, that’s got to be it. Didn’t think about it, thanks for the reply.