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Building F5 BIG-IP Lab for Free – VMware Workstation

Use for load balancing simulation, network/application testing or preparation for any f5 certification exam!

  • Free tutorial
  • Rating: 4.9 out of 54.9 (190 ratings)
  • 3,239 students
  • 1hr 54min of on-demand video
  • Created by Dean Armada
  • English

What you’ll learn

  • F5 BIG-IP Installation
  • Virtualization
  • Network Virtualization
  • F5 BIG-IP Basic
  • Load Balancing
  • Networking


  • Basic Networking Knowledge
  • Basic VMware Workstation Knowledge
  • Running Linux in VMware Workstation


This course is designed to assist you build your own F5 home lab using VMware Workstation

You will be guided to complete easy steps like downloading and installing necessary Software such as BIG-IP Virtual Edition and web servers.

I will demonstrate the tuning and configuration of most of the components

Also will be doing some basic testing just to make sure we are doing everything right.

F5 BIG-IP is the most widely implemented Application Delivery Controller globally. It became popular as a Load Balancer appliance but it it can also do many things such as  SSL off-loading, Web Application Firewall, SSL VPN concentrator,  DDoS Solution and many more.

Target Audience

Network Engineers

Aspiring Network Engineers

Network Automation Engineers

F5 Specialist

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System Administrators

Security Administrators


Lab is built using VMware Workstation. We will not talk about how to install it.

We will not talk about networking basics

We will not talk about F5 concept in detail

We will not talk about Python Automation

Nothing but to assist you build F5 BIG-IP Lab

This is a FREE Udemy course and we have limited time of 2 hours




Part 1: Installing Nested ESXi

Part 2: Deploying F5 BIG-IP

Part 3: Deploying Client and Server

Part 4: F5 BIG-IP Setup Utility

Part 5: Testing Load Balancing and API


Application Requirements

VMware Workstation

Putty – SSH

Remote Desktop Connection

Linux or MAC OS X (VM or Your working OS)

Provided OVA/OVF Templates

Nested VMware ESXi

F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition 13.X, 14.X or the latest

Windows Client

Training Server

Minimum System Requirement

CPU – Quad Core

RAM – 8G for the Lab (4G for a single F5 BIG-IP)

Disk – 50G for the Lab

Who this course is for:

  • Beginner Network
  • Beginner Linux
  • Beginner F5 BIG-IP
  • Beginner Load Balancing
  • Intermediate F5 BIG-IP
  • Advanced F5 BIG-IP

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Course content

8 sections • 37 lectures • 1h 54m total lengthCollapse all sections

Introduction4 lectures • 9min

  • Course Introduction01:13
  • About this Course02:20
  • About the Instructor01:56
  • Course Flow03:47

F5 BIG-IP Lab6 lectures • 9min

  • F5 BIG-IP Lab Overview00:42
  • Lab Details03:29
  • Lab Topology – ESXi01:18
  • Lab Topology – Logical01:20
  • Lab Topology – Management00:51
  • Lab Resources01:10

Part 1: Installing Nested ESXi5 lectures • 17min

  • Part 1: Installing Nested ESXi Overview01:53
  • Nested ESXi Download01:46
  • Deploying Nested ESXi03:36
  • Accessing Nested ESXi02:35
  • Tuning Nested ESXi06:55
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Part 2: Deploying F5 BIG-IP5 lectures • 17min

  • Part 2: Deploying F5 BIG-IP Overview01:36
  • F5 Account and Trial License03:40
  • Dowload F5 BIG-IP Software02:27
  • Installing F5 BIG-IP Template04:18
  • Configuring F5 BIG-IP Management04:50

Part 3: Deploying Client and Server5 lectures • 19min

  • Part 3: Deploying Client and Server Overview01:42
  • Download Training Server and Windows Client02:05
  • Deploying Training Server04:07
  • Deploying Windows Cllient04:55
  • Configure Windows Client Network05:54

Part 4: F5 BIG-IP Setup Utility4 lectures • 20min

  • F5 BIG-IP Setup Utility Overview01:28
  • Licensing F5 BIG-IP08:03
  • F5 BIG-IP Setup Utility Configuration05:57
  • Basic Connectivity Testing04:25

Part 5: Testing Load Balancing and API4 lectures • 20min

  • Part 4: Testing Load Balancing and API Overview02:15
  • Planning Application and API Testing02:25
  • Application Testing and Load Balancing06:42
  • F5 iControl REST API Testing08:30

Completion4 lectures • 4min

  • Wrap Up01:51
  • Message from the Instructor00:50
  • Course Completion01:02
  • Bonus00:46

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