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ABOUT THE 201-TMOS ADMINISTRATION EXAM.

The 201-TMOS Administration exam is the second exam required to achieve

Certified F5 BIG-IP Administrator status.

Successful completion of the BIG-IP Administrator exam acknowledges the skills

and understanding necessary for day-to-day management of Application Delivery

Networks (ADNs).

WHAT IS THE 201-TMOS ADMINISTRATION EXAM BLUEPRINT?

F5 Certified Exam Blueprints list all the objectives an exam has to measure,

much like a syllabus for the exam itself. The blueprint provides the detailed

breakdown of the skills and knowledge a candidate should have to pass the

exam. Blueprints can be used to identify areas for additional study, and are best

used in conjunction with the Exam Study Guides.

PREREQUISITE:

101-Application Delivery Fundamentals

CREDENTIAL AWARDED:

F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator (F5-CA)

THIS EXAM IS BASED ON V11.4.

Section 1: Troubleshoot basic virtual server connectivity issues Cognitive

Complexity

Objective 1.01 Given a connectivity troubleshooting situation, consider the packet and virtual

server processing order

U/A

Examples

Explain how a packet is processed once it arrives at device (connection table, packet filters, etc.)

Explain how a virtual server processes a request (most specific to least specific)

Given a specific connectivity issue, isolate where the problem might be according to the processing order

Objective 1.02 Identify the reason a virtual server is not working as expected U/A

Examples

Determine the state of a virtual server (offline, enabled, etc.)

Determine if a virtual server is configured for the proper listening port

Determine if a virtual server is configured with the proper IP address configuration

Determine if the virtual server is configured with the appropriate profiles

Determine if the pool configuration has an effect on virtual server state

Determine which tools to use in order to diagnose the issue

Explain the difference between the virtual servers status definitions

Objective 1.03 Identify the reason a pool member has been marked down by health monitors U/A

Examples

Discuss the effects of health monitors on the status of pool members/nodes

Determine the state and availability of the pool member/node in question

Verify the pool member/node Ratio configuration

Verify the pool member/node connection configuration and count

Objective 1.04 Identify a pool member not in the active priority group U/A

Examples

Explain the concept of “persistence”

Verify the type of persistence profile assigned to the virtual server in question

Validate the expected persistence behavior

Differentiate between fallback and primary persistence

Use the appropriate tool to troubleshoot persistence

Objective 1.05 Identify traffic diverted due to persistence record U/A

Objective 1.06 Identify the current configured state of the pool member U/A

Objective 1.07 Identify a persistence issue U/A

Section 2: Troubleshoot basic hardware issues Cognitive

Complexity

Objective 2.01 Perform an End User Diagnostic per F5 documentation and collect the output U/A

Examples

Reboot an F5 platform into the EUD

Download output from the unit an EUD was run on

Interpret the output from an EUD and determine if the test passed or failed2 TMOS AAM BLUEPRINT

Objective 2.02 Interpret the LCD Warning Messages U/A

Examples

Locate the LCD on an F5 Platform

Correlate the LCD message to message in the corresponding log file

Identify which tasks the buttons on the LCD perform

Objective 2.03 Identify a possible hardware issue within the log files U/A

Examples

Indicate which logs would contain debugging information

Given a log file, determine the nature of a hardware issue

Given a possible issue, determine which log file entries to review

Objective 2.04 Force an active unit to standby under the appropriate circumstances U/A

Objective 2.05 Understand the relationship between interfaces, trunks, VLANs and their

status/statistics

U/A

Section 3: Troubleshoot basic performance issues Cognitive

Complexity

Objective 3.01 Recognize when a packet capture is needed within the context of a

performance issue

U/A

Objective 3.02 Use BIG-IP tools in order to identify potential performance issues U/A

Examples

Differentiate between performance issue types (i.e. Latency, Congestion, broken content)

Establish the frequency of a given issue (random, continuous, isolated, intermittent, repetitive intervals)

Explain how to get performance statistics in addition to the those shown in the dashboard (Overview –

Performance)

Section 4: Troubleshoot basic device management connectivity issues Cognitive

Complexity

Objective 4.01 Verify remote connectivity to the BIG-IP in order to determine the cause of a

management connectivity issue

U/A

Examples

Isolate potential causes of basic network connectivity issues, given scenarios related to: client configuration,

client network access, device network access, network topologies

Apply connectivity troubleshooting tools (i.e. ping, traceroute, http/https availability, remote shell access,

network based console access) in the appropriate situation

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Objective 4.02 Check and interpret port lockdown settings and packet filters in order to

determine the cause of a management connectivity issue to a Self-IP

U/A

Examples

Given a scenario, review port lockdown settings on the Self-IP to determine the cause of the issue

Describe appropriate use cases for the use of port lockdown

Objective 4.03 Given the use of a remote authentication server, verify proper DNS and NTP

settings in order to diagnose a connectivity issue

U/A

Examples

Determine whether a filter is enabled

Interpret a packet filter rule list in a given situation

Section 5: Open a support ticket with F5 Cognitive

Complexity

Objective 5.01 Identify the appropriate supporting components and severity levels for an F5

support ticket

R

Examples

Identify the necessary components for all support cases (Qkview uploaded to iHealth/ or attached to case,

serial number of device, problem description, other supporting data)

Identify severity levels and the associated response times

Objective 5.02 Given an issue, determine the appropriate severity according to F5 guidelines U/A

Objective 5.03 Provide quantitative and relevant information appropriate for a given issue A/E

Examples

Distinguish between qualitative/quantitative statements in order to assemble an accurate problem description

Distinguish between relevant/irrelevant information in order to assemble an accurate problem description

Section 6: Identify and report current device status Cognitive

Complexity

Objective 6.01 Review the Network Map in order to determine the status of objects U/A

Examples

Explain the status icons of objects on the map

Explain what virtual servers, pools, nodes and pool members are

Objective 6.02 Use the dashboard to gauge the current running status of the system U/A

Examples

Interpret each of the statistic types displayed by the dashboard

Given a situation, predict the appropriate dashboard statistics

Objective 6.03 Review log files and identify possible events U/A

Examples

Given log file snippets, describe an event sequence

Given log file snippets, identify critical events

Objective 6.04 Use iApps Analytics to gauge the current running status of application

services

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EXAM BLUEPRINT

Complexity

Objective 7.01 Create and restore a UCS archive under the appropriate circumstances U/A

Examples

Discuss scenarios in which restoring a UCS archive is appropriate

Discuss the tasks involved in successfully restoring a UCS archive

Given a scenario, discuss when it is appropriate to create a UCS archive

Objective 7.02 Identify which high-level tasks can be automated using BIG-IQ R

Objective 7.03 Manage software images U/A

Objective 7.04 Given an HA pair, describe the appropriate strategy for deploying a new

software image

U/A

Objective 7.05 Understand the processes of licensing, license reactivation, and license

modification (add-ons)

U/A

Objective 7.06 Identify which modules are licensed and/or provisioned U/A

Objective 7.07 Explain how to create a user U/A

Objective 7.08 Explain how to modify user properties U/A

Section 8: Manage existing system and application services Cognitive

Complexity

Objective 8.01 Modify and manage virtual servers U/A

Examples

Given a proposed virtual server configuration change, outline the scope of the change and for which

connections those changes will affect (active connections, new connections, persisted sessions)

Given a description of an application, identify the correct virtual server configured for it (HTTP/HTTPS,

TCP/UDP, VLANsenabled, route-domain)

Given a situation where a virtual server configuration change did not appear to immediately take effect,

determine why

Objective 8.02 Modify and manage pools U/A

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EXAM BLUEPRINT

Distinguish between disabling a member and forcing it down

Determine use cases for disabling a member

Determine use cases for forcing down a member

Given a situation where a pool member has been disabled but still appears to be receiving traffic, determine

the cause

Articulate the characteristics of a pool member that has been disabled or forced offline (Such as for new

connections, persisted connections, etc.)

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