If your work requires a thorough knowledge of the concepts and technology standards used in the daily operations of F5 products in various environments, then getting the F5 Certified! Administrator, BIG IP, simply known as F5-CA is what you need. This designation is intended for candidates engaged in operational roles and those, who can cooperate with senior engineers to provide a healthy installation, define aberrant behavior, ensure basic fault isolation, and fix malfunctions. For that, you should have a thorough understanding of the basic concepts, configurations, and procedures. The specialization you can gain refers to the BIG-IP devices.
The way to the F5 Certified! Administrator, BIG IP accreditation includes passing the 201 exam (TMOS Administration). It testifies that you are equipped enough to work independently and carry out daily operations as well as fix devices based on TMOS in different types of app environments. Passing this exam and getting the certificate in Big-IP serves a springboard for advancing your knowledge and skills by choosing other tracks available in the F5 Certification program. For instance, you can follow the Tech Professional, Tech Specialist, or Solution Expert in security or cloud tracks. Still, note, that before opting for the 201 exam, you need to pass Exam 101 or have an active F5-CTP Sales designation.
The exam content includes 5 topics you need to be proficient in. The first one deals with troubleshooting basic connectivity issues. Here, you should be knowledgeable of the trunks, routers, VLANs, self-IPs, and interfaces. Also, you should be able to define the traffic behavior as expected, find out the reason why a virtual server is not working properly, and a pool is not working as planned.
The second topic refers to troubleshooting basic performance issues. Within this topic, you need to demonstrate your skills in defining resource utilization, different types of virtual server, along with issues related to network level performance. You also should be able to find out the reason why load balancing is not working as predicted.
The third topic is the largest part contained in the exam. It checks your skills in defining the current device status, implementing concepts needed to operate the state of an HA pair, and working with management connectivity configurations. You should also find the log files utilized to hardware issues and events, know how to work with a UCS archive, and operate software images by implementing procedural concepts. In addition, you should be skilled in defining the licensed and provisioned modules, describing authentication methods, defining configured system services, and explaining config sync.
The fourth topic revolves around operating existing app delivery services. This means that your proficiency in implementing procedural concepts needed for operating virtual servers and pools will be assessed. For that, you should be able to deal with persistence profile, protocol specific profile, default pool configuration, health monitor, load balancing method, and active nodes.
The fifth part is dedicated to the usage of support resources. In this section, you should be able to work with a support ticket with F5 and know its features, describe the procedures of licensing, license modification, and reactivation. Then, you should be capable of dealing with EUD, qkview by implementing the concepts needed. Your ability to get results from iHealth, and define the required online support tool and/or resource to utilize will also be measured.
Concerning the exam details, the 201 test will contain 80 questions, 10 of which are unscored. You will be given 90 minutes to complete all the questions offered in computer-based, multiple-choice-response type. The exam will cost you $180 and to succeed in it, you need to score 245 points out of 350.
Having obtained the F5 Certified! Administrator, BIG IP certification, you can apply for such job positions as a network admin ($66,985), systems admin ($72,007), F5 engineer ($100,069), as stated on the Indeed website.