Kindly help understand the concept.
I am preparing for my PCNSE and I was reading through the a manual provided by Palo Alto (EDU-255).
Under Configuration Operations, at one point the document reads that “the running configuration is copied to a candidate configuration during firewall startup”. On the very next page, the document reads that “at boot time the latest configuration on disk is loaded to the candidate configuration in control-plane memory. An auto-commit copies the candidate configuration to the running configuration in control-plane memory. The running-configuration in control-plane memory is then pushed to the data-plane memory”.
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the first description is the same as the second, only with fewer steps :)
upon reboot the candidate configuration is purged. once the device is booted, the stored config (running-config.xml) is loaded as candidate-config.xml and then pushed onto the chipset
the running and candidate are 2 files, while the 'live' config is the machine translated snippets that are loaded onto the chips/in memory to do their job
the running-config.xml is the master file
hope this makes sense
When you say that upon reboot candidate config is purged does it mean that it gets purged with runnin config ?
live config is always the running config?
it is removed from 'working' memory (on the management plane) and overwritten with the running-config upon reboot
running-config is the config that has been pushed upon the dataplane processes so running-config is always the configuration that is being enforced by the firewall, while the candidate config is the 'admins playground' for as long as the admin does not commit
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