Network segmentation via routers VRFs to Palos VRs and OSPF

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Network segmentation via routers VRFs to Palos VRs and OSPF

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Hello everyone and thank you for your answers, I would like to implement segmentation in the data center, we will create VRFs in a Cisco Nexus Core switch and each VRF will have its own OSPF process to peer with a Palo Alto Firewall, all VRF traffic needs to go through the Palos for policy and routing, the question is:


-Should we create multiple virtual routers in the Palos so each can peer with each of the “cisco VRF OSPF” processes? Or a single virtual router in the Palo is ok to peer with all of the VRF OSPF peers? networks need to reach each other through Palos and also all networks need to reach the internet from an upstream router.


Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite


This is really more of a design question and what you and any others working on the firewall are most comfortable with. Some like to stick different 'networks' in their own VR while others with simply utilize one.

Personally it sounds like you are simply utilizing VRFs to force the traffic through the firewall for inspection, and that theese networks aren't really 'seperate' but rather different logical zones in your network. In that case, I would keep the configuration simple and only utilize a single VR and simply seperate the VRFs by dropping them into their own zone. This simplifies management a bit. 

Thank you! you are correct assuming only goal is to push VRF traffic through the firewall for inspection, we dont need to worry about securing separate routing tables hence I thought multiple VRs would only add complexity.

Wondering if anyone has seen any issues with OSPF redist, between multiple VRs.

Did you manage to ever get OSPF running over multiple VRF's?  Were just setting up a new PA FW and I can't get OSPF to talk to the Nexus switches over OSPF.  OSPF works fine when PA talks to our other router at a different site.  Just not with the VRF's.


I have support ticket in too, so hopefully it's a easy fix.

Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite


Why not just anchor the vlan at the PAN on a specific zone or an IP subnet carved out of a zone? Personally I like to keep things simple and this should solve the same issue.



We didn't want to do a re-do of the existing core so we left as is.


But we did end up getting OSPF working between the PAN firewall and our Cisco Nexus switches, running separate vrfs.  We just needed to have separate virtual routes for the different VRFs.

And it works as it should.

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