03-09-2013 08:04 AM
It sounds as if my situation is a bit different than most as from what I gather most people do not use the scheduling feature of the firewall. I am at a pre-K-12 boarding school with dorm students, dorm parents, etc. which means I use the scheduling piece in almost every rule! As part of this I am struggling a bit of following the logic of my rule set (I pity the person who takes this it over of I leave!).
I am curious if anyone has been using some sort of third party mind mapping/flow charting software to draw out the logic of their rules? I am not a big fan of Visio.
Do people use the PA on it's own and just keep adding to it without mapping it out?
03-11-2013 08:09 AM
That is one area that the PAs are really lacking. There are no visualization tools like Cisco ASAs and Netscalers, and no grouping of rules based on zones or policy type like the MS ISA. It also does not even have a numbering column, which is very strange! It would be nice to see some of these introduced. We use the TAG field and the description field to try to keep track of things. There is also an API to export all of the rules to an excel spreadsheet which might be a help.
03-11-2013 09:02 AM
03-12-2013 03:27 PM
For my sanity, I group the rules by zone. But, that was back when you could sort the rules by zone easily back in PAN-OS 2.0. :smileysilly: I'm starting to use the tags as we've grown to 500+ rules.
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