Less than a month after gaining some cred (and relief) from passing the F5 Certification 101 exam, the DevCentral team is now embarking on our 201-TMOS Administration journey. The 201-TMOS Administration exam is the second exam required to achieve F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator status. You see, the 101 is simply a gauge - a benchmark – to determine if you qualify to take the next exam to officially become F5 Certified. The 201 exam focuses on the TMOS operating system, the day-to-day operation and basic troubleshooting of BIG-IP devices.
need to install the software but you do need to understand how to administer
and troubleshoot it once it is running. You'll also need to understand how (and
what) to provide accurate and appropriate information for senior engineers
and/or F5 support. This exam is not so much 'what
do you know' but more about 'how
do you do it.' Theory plus experience.
DevCentral team is taking the same preparation approach as we did for the 101.
We’re doing weekly team study sessions with each person taking a section and
presenting to the team. This allows us to share knowledge, experience and
discuss the potential questions around a certain topic. We found this very
successful while prepping for the 101. Plus it was a good excuse to get
together to talk shop. In addition, we'll need to spend some hands-on time (at
least I do) doing real GUI-click stuff.
news is there seems to be a lot of 201 resources available. Of course there is
F5’s own Eric Mitchell’s
comprehensive 201 Certification
Study Guide along with the TMOS
Administration Exam Blueprint.
of F5, Rich Hill
put together a great
click-read-learn journey with the various exam sections and the corresponding
links to F5 support, DevCentral and other resources. Funzune has a fantastic F5
BIG IP – 201 exam – TMOS administration (Tips and tricks) along with a how
to set up F5
BIG-IP lab at home. This is critical since (as mentioned earlier) the 201
exam does require BIG-IP hands on participation.
You can pass
the 101 by studying the material but you need actual experience to ace the 201.
has a good overview
and career path article for F5 Certifications and there’s a nifty flash-card
based 201 Study Guide on Cram.com which delivers
80 potential questions along with the answers. Like the 101, candidates need to
answer 80 questions in 90 minutes so nail the ones you know and come back for
the more difficult questions. And don’t forget to flag those so it is easier to
review with 10 minutes left. Another great resource is the F5 Certified Professionals
LinkedIn group. A very active group that always has good tips as members
work their way through the process.
would be remiss if I didn’t mention TheF5Guy’s
5 reasons to become F5 Certified. As Nathan Abbott puts it, ‘Reason
#1 – I’m “The F5 Guy”, I have to do my best to live up to my name!
theme that runs through many of the 201 certification prep articles is that
this exam is not something to take lightly. It is much more challenging than
the 101. While the 101 has a 70% pass rate, the 201
hovers around 67%. 69% correct is a pass. And if you do pass you will be
awarded the credential of F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator.
we’re aiming for.