New Product Enhancements November – VM-Series 8.1 , Magnifier and WildFire 2.0.10

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Announcing November 2018 product enhancements for VM-Series 8.1, Magnifier and WildFire 2.0.10. Palo Alto Networks Live Community releases information about how your products are impacted, including Cisco ENCS Networks, AWS custom AMI, end-of-life announcements about PAN-OS 6.1 and 7.0, and much more.

 

 

 

Announcing November 2018 product enhancements for VM-Series 8.1 , Magnifier and WildFire 2.0.10. Read about how your products are impacted, including end-of-life announcements about PAN-OS 6.1 and 7.0. Be sure to upgrade now. Find helpful links and 

 

The last couple of weeks of November contained some new product enhacements that I want to make sure to tell you all about. These enhancements are both for VM-Series 8.1 as well as Magnifier. Also, we have a special note for anyone who is still on PAN-OS 6.1 or 7.0 and Dynamic Updates.

 

Let's start off with VM-Series 8.1. There are two enhancements that I want to let you know about.

 

Cisco Enterprise Compute System (ENCS) Network

In a virtualized traditional appliance-based network infrastructure at a branch (or remote office) with the Cisco 5400 Series Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS) appliance, the Enterprise NFV Infrastructure Software (NFVIS) can be used to deploy the VM-Series firewall within the Cisco network. The VM-Series firewall serves as a virtual network function (VNF) with next-generation firewall capabilities to safely enable all applications and protect the branch or remote office users and network from threats.
The Cisco Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS) appliances combine with Cisco Integrated Services Virtual Routers (ISRV ) and NFVIS software to support Software-Defined Branch (SD-Branch) network architectures.

 

For more information on this enhancement, please see our VM-Series 8.1 technical documentation page here:
https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/documentation/81/virtualization/virtualization/set-up-the-vm-series...


AWS Custom Machine Image (AMI)

A custom VM-Series AMI helps deploy a VM-Series firewall with the PAN-OS version used on the network instead of being restricted to using only an AMI that is published to the AWS public marketplace or AWS GovCloud marketplace. Using a custom AMI speeds up the process of deploying a firewall with the PAN-OS version of choice because it reduces the time to provision the firewall with the AMI published on the AWS public or AWS GovCloud marketplace. A custom AMI also helps in performing a software upgrade to get the PAN-OS version qualified or planned for using in the network. Additionally, the custom AMI can be used in the Auto Scaling VM-Series firewalls CloudFormation templates (CFT) or any other created templates.

 

For more information on this enhancement, please see our VM-Series 8.1 technical documentation page here:
https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/documentation/81/virtualization/virtualization/set-up-the-vm-series...


Magnifier and Palo Alto Networks Logging service

As for Magnifier enhancements during the last part of November, we are happy to say that Magnifier now logs alerts to the Palo Alto Networks Logging Serviceto help enable 3rd-party app integrations.

 

For more information on all Magnifier enhancements, please see the Magnifier Release Notes here:
https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/documentation/cloud-services/magnifier/magnifier-release-notes/magn...

 

WildFire 2.0.10 Release

New/Enhanced Features Introduced in WildFire 2.0.10:

  • Script Sample Analysis: The WildFire Public Cloud can now analyze and classify script files with verdicts using static and dynamic analysis. Note: To use this feature, you must download and install the PAN-OS Applications and Threats content release package that is slated for release on 12/6/2018.
  • Elf Malware Test File: Palo Alto Networks now provides an ELF sample malware file to test your WildFire deployment. The new file can be downloaded using a direct download link from your browser or through the WildFire API.


Special Note:

For customers running PAN-OS 6.1 or PAN-OS 7.0 releases:
As per the Palo Alto Networks end-of-life (EoL) summary (determined by the end-of-life (EoL) policy), PAN-OS 6.1 and PAN-OS 7.0 reached end-of-life on October 25, 2018, and December 4, 2017, respectively. Firewalls and Panorama running PAN-OS 6.1 or PAN-OS 7.0 will no longer receive content updates for WildFire, Antivirus, or Applications and Threats after January 31, 2019.


Action Required: To continue receiving content updates for WildFire, Antivirus or Applications and Threats, you must upgrade Firewalls and Panorama to PAN-OS 7.1 or a later release by January 31, 2019.

 

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Stay Secure,

Joe Delio

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