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Hello. i have been experiencing random GlobalProtect disconnects on my home computer.  I'm running Windows 10 [1909] with GlobalProtect 5.0.8 64-bit connecting back to my office's Palo Alto firewall (not 100% sure of the version). A few times a day, GlobalProtect will just disconnect on its own. I am typically running a Remote Desktop Connection from my home PC to my work PC when this happens and the RD session will freeze and disconnect as well.  I started collecting logs when this happens but dont really know how to parse them.  I have noticed a few things in various logs.   

  • In the  pan_gp_event log, i see an Info message "Tunnel is down due to network change."
  • In the PanGPA log, i see the Info message "Window session changed with state 7", followed by several Debug log entries.
    • Debug(2825): user session locked.
    • Debug( 669): balltip, m_hipMsg=00000171893379A0
    • Debug( 672): balltip, getcount return 0
    • Debug( 766): CAC, type is 8004, data=0000006C7E4FF7C0
    • Debug( 810): CAC, DBT_DEVICEREMOVECOMPLETE, device type=00000005, cacUnplugLogout=0
    • Debug( 851): CAC, do nothing for device remove message
    • (NOTE: Those last three repeat a dozen or so times).
    • Debug( 93): Received data from Pan Service
    • Debug( 172): username field is not empty. not override the username.
    • Debug( 193): CPanBaseReceiver::HandleStatus - found discover-ready tag. value = y.
    • Then i get a message that says "Gateway <portal address>: Checking network availability and restoring VPN connection when network is available.
    • Then some messages about trying to restore the connection
  • In the PanGPS log i see a Debug message "Received session change, event type 7, session 1" followed by and Info message "lock off  session 1"

How would you recommend troubleshooting these disconnects.  I'm not familiar enough with the firewall side of things to know how to look at any logging on that side.  Is the issue with my home computer/OS/hardware/network?  or is it likely something in GlobalProtect and/or Palo Alto that needs attention?


Thank You!


Did you ever find a solution to this issue?  We are having the same issue.  GP works great, but RDP sessions to internal PCs freeze, causing you to have to close the session and RDP back into the machine.  Sometimes it happens once a day, sometimes it happens several times an hour.  We are running 9.0.7 and GP 5.1.1.  We did not have this happen on our old SonicWall SMA410 and NetExtender.  It's was definitely introduced along with our Palo deployment 2 weeks ago.


If anyone has a solution to this issue, can you please post it?  




I was getting frequent disconnect issues in GP 5.1.1 version, please confirm whether 5.1.3 version is recommended to upgrade, cause this version also has a lot of known issues.\


Fixed an issue where, when the GlobalProtect app was installed on Windows with a different language other than English (for example, Spanish), the GlobalProtect agent was continuously restarted.
Fixed an issue where, after you upgraded the GlobalProtect app from 5.0.x release to 5.1.1 release on a Mac device, users were prompted to re-enter their password even when the saved password was set to 
. With this fix, users will not be prompted to re-enter their password after the upgrade. For GlobalProtect to access user credentials from the login keychain, the following Keychain Pop-Up message will appear:
GlobalProtect wants to use your confidential information stored in "GlobalProtect" in your keychain.
Users are prompted to enter their password and then select 
Always Allow
 so that the Keychain Pop-Up prompt does not appear again.
Fixed an issue where, when the GlobalProtect app was installed on Windows, two OpenSSL DLL files in 64-bit were not signed by a Palo Alto Networks certificate. This issue caused a problem for some endpoint protection applications.
Fixed an issue where the GlobalProtect app for macOS was disabled and the 
Disable Timeout (min)
 value expired, GlobalProtect could reconnect and user credentials were not preserved.
Fixed an issue where the GlobalProtect app for macOS version 5.1.1 could not be properly installed because the GlobalProtect service failed to launch.
Fixed an issue where the GlobalProtect app on macOS displayed the following error message when all the gateways were configured as 
Manual Only
Could not connect to Gateway, Contact your IT administrator
With this fix, the app now displays the following message:
Please select a gateway to connect manually
Fixed an issue on Windows endpoints where, after the endpoint woke up from sleep mode, the GlobalProtect app was disconnected and then attempted to reconnect to the portal or gateway.
Fixed an issue where, when the GlobalProtect app was installed on macOS and Windows, cookie authentication was successful even when the wrong password was used and GlobalProtect was still connected after users sign out of the app. With this fix, authentication cookies are now deleted from the system when users sign out of the app.
Fixed an issue where, when GlobalProtect was installed using the Windows Installer (Msiexec) with on-demand as the connect method, GlobalProtect automatically tried to connect to the portal.
Fixed an issue where the GlobalProtect app displayed the customized 
Captive Portal Detection Message
 in the wrong format when a different language was used other than English.
Fixed a connectivity issue where, when the GlobalProtect app was installed for macOS Catalina, the GlobalProtect connection was periodically lost.
Fixed an issue where the GlobalProtect app detected the presence of a captive portal even though it was not present.
Fixed a periodic issue where the GlobalProtect tunnel failed to be restored after waking up from sleep mode. This issue occurred when on-demand was used as the connect method.
Fixed an issue where, after upgrading to GlobalProtect 5.0.6, the GlobalProtect HIP check did not detect that Symantec Endpoint Protection 14.2 real-time protection was enabled, which caused the device to fail the HIP check.
Fixed an issue where the GlobalProtect app on macOS failed to find the correct certificate for authentication to the gateway, when the object identifier (OID) was specified in the plist.
With this fix, when you provide the Key Usage OID in the plist, the GlobalProtect app uses the correct certificate.
Fixed an issue where the portal configuration selection criteria failed when the certificate was signed with the version 2 template.
Fixed an issue that caused the GlobalProtect app to install a default route with the same metric as the system default route when split-tunneling based on access route and destination domain was enabled. This issue caused some excluded traffic to go through the tunnel.
Fixed an issue where GlobalProtect failed to connect to the external gateway when the proxy was not reachable outside of the corporate network until the GlobalProtect service or the desktop was restarted.
Fixed an issue in GlobalProtect for macOS endpoints where installing or upgrading the package using a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution such as JAMF Pro resulted in a GlobalProtect app initialization failure.


This exact thing is happening to us. What's weird is we switched from GP on prem to Prisma and it started with Prisma. We disabled UDP on the RDP client on everyone's PC in the reg key settings and it seemed to reduce the number of disconnects, but they're still happening.

It's very frustrating.  It started happening to us as soon as we put the Palo in 2+ weeks ago.  We are running PanOS 9.0.6 and GP 5.1.1.


What versions are you running?

Yeah! And TAC can’t see anything unusual either. 
we’re on prisma and GP 5.0.9-15

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