DMZ with multiple VLANs, multiple Zones?

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DMZ with multiple VLANs, multiple Zones?

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If you have a DMZ behind the Palo and it contains multiple VLANs or sub-interfaces, would you create multiple Zones(one for each VLAN)? Or create a single "DMZ" zone and apply that to all of the VLANs?
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Hi @jambulo

 

There is no simple answer for your question. It depends ...

  • Are the subnets equal to each other?
  • Will you generally allow traffic between the subnets?
  • Are the subnets contain different group of servers? (One subnet for linux and one for windows for example)
  • Do you plan to configure generic zone firewallrules or do you configure specific rules for each server?

Hello,

I agree with @vsys_remo. The way I do it is use one zone and then create policies around the vlan subnets. This way I dont run out of zones and can keep the traffic highly segregated. This is also because I have an implicite DENY ALL at the end of my rules so the built in intra-zone traffic rules doesnt apply and traffic is denied by policy.

 

Hope that makes sense.

  • Are the subnets equal to each other?
    • Not sure what you mean.
  • Will you generally allow traffic between the subnets?
    • Generally will not allow traffic between subnets.
  • Are the subnets contain different group of servers? (One subnet for linux and one for windows for example)
    • Subnets can contain different types of servers, but mainly are separated by the functions that the servers provide.
  • Do you plan to configure generic zone firewallrules or do you configure specific rules for each server?
    • Specific rules for each server.


@jambulo wrote:
  • Are the subnets equal to each other?
    • Not sure what you mean.

I meant if these subnets are all the same and the only reason you have more than one is mabe because one /24 isn't big enough, so you created a second. But as you wrote you want to group the servers based on their functions.

 

Depending on the number of subnets and the hardware you are using, I would create one zone per vlan/subnet. As you group the servers by their functions this would fit perfectly into the zonenames so you have a better overview in the ruleset.

 

If you have more than 40 subnets and you are using a PA-3020, then you have to go the way with one zone where you drop intrazone traffic, but in case you have a PA-5220 or even bigger then the number of zones will probably not be a limit in any way.

 

 

 

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