Automating BIG-IP with Ansible

This course introduces network administrators, operators, and DevOps engineers to the foundational and F5-specific technologies required to automate BIG-IP. Participants will gain exposure to multiple technologies for a variety of use cases and will have hands-on experience that leave them better prepared to automate the onboarding and configuration of BIG-IP.

Course Objectives

  • Review Automation and DevOps concepts
  • Describe the components of iControl REST calls and how they interact with BIG-IP
  • Stand up and configure BIG-IP applications using iControl REST
  • Describe the major components of Ansible and how they work together to configure BIG-IP
  • Use flow control elements such as conditionals and looping in Ansible Playbooks
  • Onboard and configure BIG-IP applications using Ansible

Course Topics

  • Review the Linux Command Line
  • Review BIG-IP Application Creation
  • Discuss Automation and DevOps Concepts
  • Configuring BIG-IP with iControl REST
  • Configuring BIG-IP programmatically with Ansible


This course is intended for network administrators and operators and DevOps engineers interested in automating tasks on BIG-IP systems in their public and private Clouds as well as in their datacenter infrastructure.


Students should be familiar with and be able to configure basic BIG-IP elements such as:

  • Virtual Servers
  • Pools, Pool Members and Nodes
  • Pool Monitors
  • Basic Virtual Server Profiles

Students should also be familiar with the basics of the Linux command line.  In addition, the following general technical knowledge should be well understood:

  • Layer 2 Ethernet and ARP networking concepts
  • Layer 3 and 4 TCP/IP networking concepts, including IP addressing and subnetting
  • Layer 7 HTTP networking concepts
  • Linux command line and basic Linux commands
  • HTML

Finally, nice-to-have knowledge includes familiarity with programming and/or scripting languages, such as:

  • JavaScript or NodeJS
  • Python
  • Bash
Course Outline

Chapter 1: Linux Command Line Review

  • Navigating the Linux File System
  • Creating and Deleting Files and Directories
  • Copying and Moving Files
  • Command Line Auto-Completion and Editing
  • Tools for Analyzing Test Results and Inspecting Log Files

Chapter 2: BIG-IP Application Creation Review

  • Understanding Load Balancing Basics
  • Configuring Virtual Servers, Pools, Pool Members and Nodes
  • Configuring Health Monitors and SSL Profiles
  • Understanding the Full Proxy Architecture and Source Address Translation

Chapter 3: Automation and DevOps Concepts

  • Understanding Infrastructure as Code, NetOps and DevOps
  • Differentiating Automation and Orchestration Concepts
  • Diving into DevOps Concepts such as Idempotency, Atomicity and Imperative vs Declarative

Chapter 4: Programming BIG-IP with iControl REST

  • Introducing Basic JavaScript Types
  • Introducing JavaScript Object Notation
  • Discovering an existing BIG-IP Configuration using iControl REST
  • Deploying Apps on BIG-IP using iControl REST
  • Onboarding BIG-IP using iControl REST
  • Working with JSON Programmatically

Chapter 5: Automating BIG-IP with Ansible

  • Introducing YAML
  • Establishing an Ansible Trust Relationship
  • Creating an Ansible Playbook
  • Exploring the Playbook
  • Working with the Inventory File
  • Using the Command Module
  • Gathering Facts for the Playbook
  • Deploying Apps on BIG-IP using Ansible
  • Deleting a BIG-IP Application
  • Onboarding a BIG-IP system using Ansible
  • Deploying BIG-IP HA
  • Investigating Ansible Roles


Price: $1,995 (USD)

Course type: Instructor-Led Training

Course Length: 2 days