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New PA user and currently concerned

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I am a new PA user, purchased a pa-850 and 2 x PA5220's


Adding these to my OSPF network, i have setup a policy "network protocols" that allows OSPF.


But for some reason in my log, I get OSPF time out session and aged out sessions and sessions that have 0 bytes.


So I contact support.  after 2-3 weeks, they bring it up in their lab and I am told this is normal behaviour.


If its normal why do they need to lab it up, it should be in the documentation yes


Also for a next gen FW that doesn't understand OSPF, wow...... I am really reconsidering my choice in PA...


So is this standard for OSPF connections.


To be clear I believe the OSPF connection is okay, atleast from my other routers point of view, its just the way that the PA are logging it, I believe I haven't as yet put them into any situation where they could cause a problem ...


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Aged-out is fine because OSPF doesn't use TCP, it is standalone (own) protocol. Can you please post detailed (magnifying glass) log view.

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Also if you will check session browser tab, and filter based on the OSFP app, what can you see. I think it is something to do with the device own session. For instance, l am running an IPSec VPN that terminates on the PA, l also cannot clear this session as well as my counters 0 bytes:




EDIT: I'm not sure, though, if this is the case with OSPF

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I'm guessing that you worked soley with level 1 TAC, which will take a while to actually accomplish much of anything and likely weren't familiar with OSPF installations. I would recommend you only let front-line support hold a case for a day, after that tell them to hand you up a tier. Personal experiance has told me that the first person you are going to get into touch with through TAC isn't going to know much about the product. Don't get me wrong, some of those guys actually are great, but Palo Alto has had to grow that team so much that a lot of them are quickly moved into tier 2 and tier 3 roles and then get passed off to other departments; sadly this means that tier 1 has decreased in recent years in their knowledge of the product. 


The good news is from talking with plenty of people internal to the company they are desperatly trying to stop the tier 1 hemorage of knowledge. So they are at least trying to address the issue. 


It is possible to force a TAC case to be moved to level 2 or 3 after one day? Do you simply need to say "please move the case to the next level" or how does this has to be done? Over your SE?


I wouldn't say it's as simple as saying 'please move the case to the next level' but more of an 'I think this needs to go to the next level, I think this is above your head' type of thing. I haven't had anybody say no at this point, although I have had to repeat it with a little more force to get the point across. I'm not sure what TACs actual protocol is to escalate a case. 


I wouldn't do this for a simple question after only a day but if it stretches out to a few days, or better yet it actually effects my users, I'm getting escalated one way or another. I'm not sure how TAC is actually graded as far as the individual is concerned, but I've connected with a few TAC techs that wanted to hold onto a case for far to long before I actually brought up escalating directly with them. 

I usually ask through the portal: Please, can we escalate this case :D.

But again it all depends on the actual issue and if you think that the conclusion was wrong or you need a bit more info, you can escalate. Most of the time, 98%, engineers are very good (EMEA TAC). 1,5 year working in the support I did escalate only twice.


You said the magic words of EMEA though 😉 

Not sure where are you based (guess US), but US TAC didn't show me a good example of the support. 

My current experience hasn't been the best.


OSPF - OKay I can accept that the Firewall can't undersstand OSPF in regards to policies - that seems like a major defect to me.  Why do I pay so much for a system that ....


as for support - I have had a Global Protect issue, that I have asked to be escaled - 3 or 4 times and I am still stuck with the same person.  Not getting any where.


If this had happened during my POC, I would have looked else where.


I have had some good experiences.


But a lot of them the web ex session are people randomly clicking on things, lets try this and see what happens and then lets try this.


Not sure if it makes me feel better to hear others are having same issues or worse !


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