A wrap of our summer question leads into fall or autumn, as your preference may be, wherein we ask:
What is your favorite Palo Alto Networks feature?
Did it help solve a problem you were facing?
As a former support engineer, I always like to hear when customers arrive at that a-ha moment of understanding or discovery, when the firewall does something simple and basic, or amazing and extraordinary, but always in time to solve a problem.
I'm looking forward to hearing which feature(s) of the firewall most tickle your fancy. I've got a few of my own... You first.
My favorite feature is probably not a feature. I remember logging in the first time to the PA and was trying to figure out why something wasn't connecting and at the time my knowledge with PA was in its infancy. I logged on and saw the monitor tab and was able to put in my source and destination IP address and it showed me exactly why the connection was failing. I was able to apply a fix in minutes that would have taken me longer on our previous system using syslogs. It was the ah-ha moment for me at that time. Great technology!!
QOS is way under used.
I have seen it clear up all kinds of audio funk with all kinds of apps simply by using the default classes. This had an affect even without bandwidth contention. No DCSP, no TOS. Just create a couple rules for the touchy apps and set them to Class 1.
If you want to get fancy, combine it with our custom applications (i.e. NCAA) to cap bandwidth on custom apps. Schedule it so that every 15 minutes the bosses computer gets a trickle, just to mess with him/here. Allow bittorent at a slow rate as League of legends has that as a dependency, etc.
Alert, Activate and Maximum.
Set the Alert number where you want to alert.. and you will be alerted.
If the numbers reach the Activate level.. then it will activate. I would recommend that you set that to be the Highest level, along with the Maximum in order to meet your needs. Hope this helps and makes sense.
Thanks, everyone, for your comments and the lively discussion! We'll be sure to pass along your praise for the Palo Alto Networks Next Generation firewall to those who will smile the widest when hearing the news and reviews of this great engineering feat. Back with a wrap-up soon!
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