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F5 Fundamentals Certification Resource Guide

Purpose of this document


This document outlines topic areas covered on the F5 Fundamentals Certification Exam and
resources available to help prepare test takers.

OSI model
Networking basics

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Networking-Basics-Part1.html
http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/

Data link layer


Networking concepts, switching, addressing, media access control

http://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/products/bigip_ltm/manuals/product/ltm_implementations_guide_10_1/sol_linkagg.html
Book: The TCP/IP Guide, Kozierok http://www.tcpipguide.com/
http://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/products/big-ip_ltm/manuals/product/tmos-ip-routingadministration-11-2-0/5.html
http://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/products/bigip_ltm/manuals/product/tmos_management_guide_10_1/tmos_arp.html
https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/3000/500/sol3523.html

Network layer
IP and host addressing, routing, packet traversing

Book: The TCP/IP Guide, Kozierok http://www.tcpipguide.com/


http://www.tenouk.com/download/pdf/Module42.pdf
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redbooks/pdfs/gg243376.pdf
https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/products/big-ip_ltm/manuals/product/tmos-ip-routingadministration-11-2-0.html
https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/13000/200/sol13284.html

Transport layer
TCP, UDP concepts

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Book: The TCP/IP Guide, Kozierok http://www.tcpipguide.com/


http://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/8000/000/sol8082.html
http://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/7000/500/sol7559.html
http://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/7000/500/sol7535.html
http://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/1000/800/sol1893.html

Application layer
HTTP concepts, SIP, SMTP, DNS

Book: The TCP/IP Guide, Kozierok http://www.tcpipguide.com/


http://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/products/bigip_ltm/manuals/product/ltm_configuration_guide_10_1/ltm_services_profiles.html?sr=20
797034#1226979
http://www.f5.com/pdf/white-papers/sip-defined-wp.pdf
http://www.f5.com/pdf/white-papers/http-fundamentals-wp.pdf
Book: DNS and Bind, Liu http://www.amazon.com/DNS-BIND-CricketLiu/dp/1565925122
RFC 2616 (HTTP): http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2616.txt

Positive and Negative Security


Concepts and examples

https://devcentral.f5.com/Tutorials/TechTips/tabid/63/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/10
88520/F5-Security-on-Owasp-Top-10.aspx
https://devcentral.f5.com/Community/GroupDetails/tabid/1082223/asg/39/aff/47/showtab
/groupforums/Default.aspx

Cryptographic services

http://www.f5.com/pdf/white-papers/authentication-101-tb.pdf

IPSec and SSL


SSL Concepts, termination, client SSL, acceleration

Book: SSL and TLS, Eric Rescorla, http://www.amazon.com/SSL-TLS-DesigningBuilding-Systems/dp/0201615983


LTM Essentials, Module 7 on F5 University
http://eprint.iacr.org/2004/314.pdf
https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/10000/100/sol10167.html
https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/11000/200/sol11220.htm
https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/10000/200/sol10209.html

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F5 Solutions & Technology


F5 Networkds Datasheets

http://www.f5.com/products/documentation/datasheets/

iRules
Best practices, examples, wiki groups

https://devcentral.f5.com/wiki/iRules.HomePage.ashx

iApps
Best practices, examples, wiki groups

https://devcentral.f5.com/wiki/iApp.HomePage.ashx

Proxy & Packet based Architectures


LTM architecture

LTM Essentials, Modules 1 and 2 on F5 University


http://www.f5.com/pdf/products/big-ip-local-traffic-manager-overview.pdf
https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/7000/800/sol7820.html
https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/7000/700/sol7751.html
https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/11000/700/sol11796.html
https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/7000/700/sol7752.html
https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/12000/200/sol12272.html
https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/13000/400/sol13444.html

High Availability
Redundant pair concepts, setup, and synchronization

LTM Essentials, Module 10 on F5 University


https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/7000/000/sol7024.html
https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/11000/700/sol11736.html
https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/7000/200/sol7222.html
https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/13000/200/sol13297.html

Load Balancing
Load balancing methods, configuration

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LTM Essentials, Module 3 on F5 University


http://www.f5.com/pdf/white-papers/load-balancing101-wp.pdf
https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/6000/400/sol6406.html
https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/9000/100/sol9125.html
https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/12000/100/sol12105.html

Client Server roles and protocol

http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/sloan-school-of-management/15-564-information-technology
http://www.protocols.com/

Web Application Delivery Platforms (VM and HW Based)


Hypervisors, supported platforms, virtualization

http://www.f5.com/solutions/virtualization/
http://www.vmguru.nl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Hypervisorcomparison.pdf

Acceleration techniques

http://www.f5.com/solutions/acceleration/

https://devcentral.f5.com/wiki/WebAccelerator.HomePage.ashx

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