F5AFM - F5AFM: F5 Networks Configuring BIG-IP AFM: Advanced Firewall Manager

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.

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Administering BIG-IP, OSI model, TCP/IP addressing and routing, WAN, LAN environments, and server redundancy concepts; or having achieved TMOS Administration Certification

Detailed Class Syllabus

Lesson 1 : Setting up the BIG-IP System

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

Lesson 2 : AFM Overview

AFM Overview
AFM Availability
AFM and the BIG-IP Security Menu

Lesson 3 : Network Firewall

AFM Firewalls
Packet Processing
Rules and Direction
Rules Contexts and Processing
Inline Rule Editor
Configuring Network Firewall
Network Firewall Rules and Policies
Network Firewall Rule Creation
Identifying Traffic by Region with Geolocation
Identifying Redundant and Conflicting Rules
Identifying Stale Rules
Prebuilding Firewall Rules with Lists and Schedules
Rule Lists
Address Lists
Port Lists
Network Firewall Policies
Policy Status and Management
Other Rule Actions
Redirecting Traffic with Send to Virtual
Checking Rule Processing with Packet Tester
Examining Connections with Flow Inspector

Lesson 4 : Logs

Event Logs
Logging Profiles
Limiting Log Messages with Log Throttling
Enabling Logging in Firewall Rules
BIG-IP Logging Mechanisms
Log Publisher
Log Destination
Filtering Logs with the Custom Search Facility
Logging Global Rule Events
Log Configuration Changes
QKView and Log Files
SNMP Traps

Lesson 5 : IP Intelligence

Feature 1 Dynamic White and Black 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

Lesson 6 : DoS Protection

Denial of Service and DoS Protection Overview
Device DoS Protection
Configuring Device DoS Protection
Variant 1 DoS Vectors
Variant 2 DoS Vectors
Automatic Threshold Configuration
Variant 3 DoS Vectors
Device DoS Profiles
DoS Protection Profile
Dynamic Signatures
Dynamic Signatures Configuration
DoS iRules

Lesson 7 : Reports

AFM Reporting Facilities Overview
Examining the Status of Particular AFM Features
Exporting the Data
Managing the Reporting Settings
Scheduling Reports
Examining AFM Status at High Level
Mini Reporting Windows (Widgets)
Building Custom Widgets
Deleting and Restoring Widgets

Lesson 8 : DoS White Lists

Bypassing DoS Checks with White Lists
Configuring DoS White Lists
tmsh options
Per Profile Whitelist Address List

Lesson 9 : DoS Sweep Flood Protection

Isolating Bad Clients with Sweep Flood
Configuring Sweep Flood

Lesson 10 : IP Intelligence Shun

Manual Configuration
Dynamic Configuration
IP Intelligence Policy
tmsh options
Extending the Shun Feature
Route this Traffic to Nowhere - Remotely Triggered Black Hole
Route this Traffic for Further Processing - Scrubber

Lesson 11 : DNS Firewall

Filtering DNS Traffic with DNS Firewall
Configuring DNS Firewall
DNS Query Types
DNS Opcode Types
Logging DNS Firewall Events

Lesson 12 : DNS DoS

Configuring DNS DoS
DoS Protection Profile
Device DoS and DNS

Lesson 13 : SIP DoS

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

Lesson 14 : Port Misuse

Port Misuse and Service Policies
Building a Port Misuse Policy
Attaching a Service Policy
Creating a Log Profile

Lesson 15 : Network Firewall iRules

iRule Events
When to use iRules
More Information

Lesson 16: Recap

BIG-IP Architecture and Traffic Flow
AFM Packet Processing Overview