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Published in LiveWeek 12 Friday April 7th 2017.
Your time to share - "What I wish I had known"
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Beginning are always clumsy, but one of the first things I was impressed - community and knowledge base articles. I cannot stress enough how many times articles around here have helped me to get around some issues or simply get to know some feature.
Anyway, when I got into PA firewalling, it all looked nice and shiny and overall easy to deal with, so it felt good, but some things I've learned over time:
..and there are definitely other things, but as you see all of these are well described in Live community - you still have to find them though. :)
"What I wish I had known" that a complex administration appliance (Panorama) will help me in one or two clicks to apply configuration changes to almost 100 firewalls in a few seconds and not go firewall by firewall that used to take me a few hours, now it makes our company happier and more secure, quick example would be deploying an emergency content updated. WAY FASTER, thanks to Palo Alto Panorama :).
P.S: Almost all of my questions or steps by steps procedures (Like 80% of the time) are here in the community.
I wish I had time to utilize all the CBT training resources available and build a cheap lab.
cbt nuggets - good source of basic training
Udemy has some great training as well and it is cheap and easy to follow.
Access to a long term demo vmware version of PANOS for training would be helpful, I know we can get these through our sales channel but would love to get a good usable free VM to use with all options and limited connectivity.
Also I came from a networking background but hear stories of information security folks who do not and they have problems learning the networking basics. The ACE is decent but needs more teeth and something like network + or CCNA type certs should be required..
wow - many things...I wish I knew then
1 - Sys logs (not packet cap nor widgets) for VPN troubleshooting
2 - when reading Traffic logs - open detailed view then bottom has firewall policy - missed that first 2-3 months
3 - reports are useful - there are many canned reports that i could schedule...
---side note - cant always make the custom report look like the canned report
4 - add widgets for anything you want to have a quick peak
5 - ACC - build custom tabs to monitor tricky scenarios over many days/weeks
6 - VPN to Cisco not as easy as other vendors - fortunatley there is a document for that
7 - newapps - started when we had 1000 or so - they keep coming and if I'm not on top of them and reading the release notes I can easily/accidentally block something ( default action) that we needed
8 - and a biggie - read the notes when a commit fails/or succeeds and there is a bunch words after.... commit succeeded but.......
9 - one i miss - no POLICY hit count - had in other vendors
10 - not an easy way to see ip to user-ID in the GUI
just a few off the top of my head - still enjoy working with these boxes tho
of 2 more
test policyies and other items from cli - nice
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