Configuring BIG-IQ

What Do We Cover?

We first look at building and configuring the BIG-IQ system. Once this initial classroom environment is built, we detail the steps to get going administering BIG-IQ, then use it to manage BIG-IP devices. After this we examine other system configurations; setting up a BIG-IQ DCD logging device, building a BIG-IQ High Availability pair, and managing BIG-IP devices in a cluster.

Who Is It For?

The course is for system and network administrators responsible for the installation, setup, configuration, and administration of the BIG-IQ system. Or, it can be undertaken by operators who require some knowledge of how the systems are setup, but usually concentrate on performing particular operational tasks whether on BIG-IQ or via BIG-IQ on the managed BIG-IP devices.

What Knowledge Do I Need Beforehand?

BIG-IQ manages BIG-IP devices and its associated products so you need to be familiar with BIG-IP as well as having knowledge and experience of general network technology. For BIG-IP, students should have already completed a BIG-IP based training course such as the Administering BIG-IP instructor-led course or further courses. Free web-based training courses are available on the LearnF5 training hub ( that are helpful for any student with limited BIG-IP administration and configuration experience.

General technology experience should cover:

  • OSI model encapsulation
  • Routing and switching
  • TCP/IP concepts
  • IP addressing and subnetting
  • Network firewalls
  • LAN vs. WAN
  • HTTP Protocol
  • Security and Authentication

How Does the Course Progress?


*Est. Time (Minutes)


Introducing BIG-IQ


Build the BIG-IQ system. Perform the initial setup, licensing and configuration, then connect it to the network so it's ready for use.


Setting Up the BIG-IQ System


Take an overall look at the BIG-IQ product suite. What does it include, how does it approach BIG-IP centralized management.


Administering the BIG-IQ System


With the BIG-IQ configured, steps on connecting in and exploring system features. Discussion of the necessary initial tasks and associated steps.


Managing BIG-IP LTM Devices


Now bring your BIG-IP devices running LTM under central management by BIG-IQ. Discover their current configuration and create and deploy new traffic passing objects to them.



*Est. Time (Minutes)


Setting Up the BIG-IQ DCD System


The BIG-IQ needs a DCD to manage BIG-IP statistics and log data, here is how we set it up and link it to the BIG-IQ system.


Custom Roles and Groups


We already looked at how user accounts are set up on BIG-IQ, let’s look deeper and see how to create very granular accounts which limit user access.


Managing BIG-IP DSC


BIG-IP allows multiple devices to be configured into clusters. How does BIG-IQ remotely manage these clusters?


Administering BIG-IQ High Availability


Configure two existing BIG-IQ systems into an active-standby pair. Create and synchronize configuration objects, fail the pair over, de-configure the pair and return them to standalone systems

* Estimated time includes both instruction and labs.
Modules covered per day can be class dependent.


Course Outline
  • BIG-IQ Overview 
    • BIG-IQ Centralized Management
    • BIG-IQ Approach
    • BIG-IQ Core Functionality
    • REST API
    • BIG-IQ Data Collection Device (DCD)
    • BIG-IP Cloud Edition (CE)
    • Setting Up the BIG-IQ System
  • Administering the BIG-IQ System 
    • Controlling Access to the BIG-IQ
    • Creating, Authenticating, Configuring Users and their Roles
    • System Backups
    • Configuring DNS, NTP, and SMTP
    • Monitoring the BIG-IQ, DCD, and BIG-IP events and alerts
    • Monitoring BIG-IQ with iHealth
    • Post Installation Issues; Licensing, Changing Management IP, Master Key, Restoring Backups
    • Managing BIG-IP LTM Devices 
      • BIG-IP LTM Device Discovery
      • BIG-IP Device Backup
      • Deploying to BIG-IP Devices, Various Methods and Logs
      • BIG-IQ Configuration Snapshots
      • Managing BIG-IP Certificates
      • Managing BIG-IP Licenses
      • Monitoring BIG-IP Devices with iHealth
      • Management of QKView Reports from Managed BIG-IP Devices
    • Setting Up the BIG-IQ Data Collection Device
    • Custom Role Types and Groups 
      • Setting up User Accounts with custom roles and privileges
    • Managing BIG-IP DSC 
      • Discovery and management of BIG-IP Device Clusters (DSC) with BIG-IQ
    • Administering BIG-IQ High Availability 
      • Configuration and management of BIG-IQ systems in a High Availability pair


Price: $1,995 (USD)

Course Length: 2 days