F5 Configuring BIG-IP AFM: Advanced Firewall Manager v13

This course uses lectures and hands-on exercises to give participants real-time experience in setting up and configuring the BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM) system. Students are introduced to the AFM user interface, stepping through various options that demonstrate how AFM is configured to build a network firewall and to detect and protect against DoS (Denial of Service) attacks. Reporting and log facilities are also explained and used in the course labs. Further Firewall functionality and additional DoS facilities for DNS and SIP traffic are discussed.

This course is intended for network operators, network administrators, network engineers, network architects, security administrators, and security architects responsible for installation, setup, configuration, and administration of the BIG-IP AFM system.

This course is organized in co-operation with Arrow ECS. Training materials and lectures are in English.


Students must complete one of the following F5 prerequisites before attending this course:

  • Administering BIG-IP instructor-led course
  • F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator

The following general network technology knowledge and experience are recommended before attending any F5 Global Training Services instructor-led course:

  • OSI model encapsulation
  • Routing and switching
  • Ethernet and ARP
  • TCP/IP concepts
  • IP addressing and subnetting
  • NAT and private IP addressing
  • Default gateway
  • Network firewalls
  • LAN vs. WAN

The following course-specific knowledge and experience is suggested before attending this course:

Hands-on experience with BIG-IP
Basic web application delivery (BIG-IP LTM)
HTML, HTTP, HTTPS as well as some CSS and JavaScript
Telnet, SSH and TLS/SSL
VPN or tunnel encapsulation, Layer 4 NAT and Access Control Lists

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Chat function lets you ask questions to the whole class, or just the instructor
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Course Outline

Chapter 1: Setting up the BIG-IP System

Introducing the BIG-IP System
Initially Setting Up the BIG-IP System
Archiving the BIG-IP Configuration
Leveraging F5 Support Resources and Tools
Chapter Resources
BIG-IP System Setup Labs

Chapter 2: AFM Overview and Network Firewall

AFM Overview
AFM Release History
AFM Availability 
What do you see?
Network Firewall
AFM Contexts
AFM Modes
AFM Packet Processing 
AFM Rules and Direction 
Rules Contexts and Processing 
Configuring Network Firewall
Network Firewall Rules
Redundant and Conflicting Rules 
Stale Rules 
Lists and Schedules
Rule Lists
Address Lists
Port Lists
Policy Status and Firewall Policy Management
Inline Rule Editor
Send to Virtual
Packet Tester

Chapter 3: Logs

Event Logs
Logging Profiles
Log Throttling
Logging and Logging Profiles
BIG-IP Logging Mechanisms
Log Destination
Custom Search
Logging Global Rule Events
Log Configuration Changes
QKView and Log Files
SNMP Traps

Chapter 4: IP Intelligence

Feature 1 Dynamic Black and White Lists
Black List Categories
Feed Lists
IP Intelligence Policies 
IP Intelligence Log Profile
IP Intelligence Reporting
Troubleshooting IP Intelligence Lists
Feature 2 IP Intelligence Database
IP Intelligence iRule

Chapter 5: Device DoS

Denial of Service and DoS Protection Overview
Device DoS
Configuring Device DoS
Variant 1
Variant 2
Auto-Threshold Configuration
Variant 3
Bad Actor and Blacklist Address
Device DoS Profiles
DoS Protection Profile
Dynamic Signatures
DoS iRules

Chapter 6: Reports

General Reporting Facilities
Time Series Chart
Report Export
DoS Screens
Custom Page
Scheduled Reports
Troubleshooting Scheduled Reports
Custom Widgets
Deleting and Restoring Widgets
Firewall Manager

Chapter 7: DoS White Lists

White Lists
Source Address List

Chapter 8: DoS Sweep Flood Protection

Sweep Flood

Chapter 9: IP Intelligence Shun

IP Intelligence Shun
Manual Configuration
Dynamic Configuration
IP Intelligence Policy
Extending the Shun Feature
Remotely Triggered Black Hole

Chapter 10: DNS Firewall

DNS Firewall
DNS Query
DNS Opcodes

Chapter 11: DNS DoS

DoS Protection Profile
Device DoS

Chapter 12: SIP DoS

Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)
Transactions and Dialogs
SIP DoS Configuration
DoS Protection Profile
Device DoS
SIP iRules

Chapter 13: Network Firewall iRules

Network Firewall iRules
iRule Events
Recommended Practice
More Information

Chapter 14: Port Misuse

Port Misuse
Port Misuse Policy
Attaching a Service Policy 
Log Profile

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