You've all been there, right? It's now time to have some fun sharing... Where is the craziest place you’ve had to deploy a Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW)? And – does that bring to mind any NGFW deployment tip to share?
Location: Installed an evaluation for a coal export terminal customer one day in the middle of nowhere. Customer enabled SPAN/TAP on their old 3750 and brought the entire port system down.
Tip: Don't enable SPAN/TAP on old Cisco 3750 switches. Use VWire instead, and the result will still be amazing and the customer will gain the required visibility.
Location: Small branch Offices with CISCOs ASA, migrate to PA-2XX series
Tip: I dind't use the migration tool for cisco FWs, I created a new configuration or Panorama templates/device configuration stacks, is by far better and faster than migrating all kind of rules, good if you have a lot of objects and subnets. Palo Alto firewall makes implementation way easier.
I didn't get to go but I had to deploy the firewall in London. Got a call at 3am in the morning and started configuring. It was a good time.
Thanks for all your responses. We loved reading them, globetrotting with you, and sharing a few good laughs along the way. We've compiled all your answers here, Craziest firewall deployment, so that others may enjoy your travels and tips and be inspired...or at least amused. :-) Thanks again!
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