Starting with Palo Alto Networks - What I wish I had known...

Showing results for 
Show  only  | Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

Starting with Palo Alto Networks - What I wish I had known...

L4 Transporter

Beginnings are not always perfect.  Whether you started your Palo Alto Networks journey years ago or just recently, tell us what you learned early on that you wish you had known before. 


If there was one thing, or maybe more, Live Community users would love to hear about it.  Share your stories, your tips to help other users along the way.


Read a tip you like, make sure to like it or let them know by commenting!  


The most popular and helpful stories will get you a cool new Live Community t-shirt!


live t-shirt.jpg


Looking forward to reading all the great stories!




Hi @DPoppleton, Could you check your inbox or spam folder? I sent you an email on 4/7.  If you can't find it, send me an email at  Thanks! Christine

The difference between FUEL Palo Alto User Group, and LIVEcommunity?  

L1 Bithead

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.. 



L3 Networker

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

sign up for the security notices from PAn, Fuel, Unit42


Wish I had known you could open a medium priorty support case and not get a response for over a week.

Like what you see?

Show your appreciation!

Click Like if a post is helpful to you or if you just want to show your support.

Click Accept as Solution to acknowledge that the answer to your question has been provided.

The button appears next to the replies on topics you’ve started. The member who gave the solution and all future visitors to this topic will appreciate it!

These simple actions take just seconds of your time, but go a long way in showing appreciation for community members and the LIVEcommunity as a whole!

The LIVEcommunity thanks you for your participation!