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F5 Foray: Getting Certified!

Editor’s Note: This is the ninth in a series of posts from CBT Nuggets trainer Scott Morris about his experiences learning and working with F5. 

As time moves on, it’s time to assess what I have been through and learned up to this point. It has been quite the adventure getting everything set up in order to bring you all an introduction to the F5 ADCs! Interestingly enough, one of the highlights has been to discover that @F5Networks is following me on Twitter! Big leagues!f5-blog-series_EMAIL

Anyway, the next logical thing to do after learning something new is to assess how much I actually know, or how much I need to still figure out. So just how would one decide to do that? That’s right, take a certification exam!

In this case, in the F5 world, there are a number of different certifications and exams to take. We are starting at the beginning though, so it remains a little simpler.

In order to achieve the F5-CA (F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator), there are actually two exams to take:

  • Exam 101 – Application Delivery Fundamentals
  • Exam 201 – TMOS Administration

These exams are designed to test your knowledge on various pieces involved in the process of ADC configuration and administration. Exam 101 is concerned more with the fundamental concepts that are crucial to implementing any piece of equipment in a network, but particularly one dealing with web and common applications (like HTTP and SSL, etc.). Exam 101 is 80 questions long (within 90 minutes) and costs $135.

Exam 201 is concerned more with the application of knowledge distinct to the administration of a BIG-IP box. This is done by testing on troubleshooting scenarios. If you know it, you should be able to troubleshoot it, right? (It’s not listed how many questions, how much time or how much it will cost on the F5 website)

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Well, with all of that in mind, I decided to go through these exams and see how much I actually knew based on moving through these Nuggets! I scheduled my exams for next week, so hopefully by the next time you read this, I’ll have some successful news to pass along!

Interestingly enough, it makes me a bit nervous scheduling the exams. Other vendor exams, I have no feelings like this no matter what exam. Mostly because I’ve done SOME exams from each of the other major vendors already. But this is a newer technology (for me specifically anyway) and I have no baseline about how they test or what the actual expectations are. So expect a write up about this as well, and potentially some new Nuggets being added depending on what kind of festive things I end up discovering!


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