What's The Difference Between Interface VLANs Tab and VLANS Section In Sidebar? (PA-220)

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What's The Difference Between Interface VLANs Tab and VLANS Section In Sidebar? (PA-220)

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Hi all,


I'm confused as to what the difference is between the "VLAN" tab under "Interfaces" in "Network and the "VLANs" section in the sidebar in "Network"? My goal is to create a couple of different VLANs for a network where certain traffic has to be segmented from other traffic. All of my ports are operating on L3.




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Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite


So if we look at your stated goal you don't actually need to be configuring VLAN objects or VLAN interfaces at all, because you already have all the ports operation on Layer3. In this situation what you would do is the following. 

1) Configure a 'Trunk' port on the switch that connects to the firewall via one of those Layer3 interfaces that you have configured. Allow whatever VLANs you want on that Trunk port. 

2) Create subinterfaces on the Layer3 interface that is connected to the Trunk port and properly setup the 'Tag' value to match the VLAN that has been configured on the switch. 

3) Assign the Default-Gateway IP of the VLAN to the subinterface associated with that VLAN. 

4) Assign the subinterface whatever Security Zone you want on the firewall. If you are looking to segment traffic you may have a 'Server' 'Client' 'Internal' or whatever zone that you configure depending on what you are segmenting in the VLANs. 

5) Update the security policy so that this new configuration is taken into account. 

6) Update any routing statements that need to be made. 

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Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite


The VLAN listing directly under the Network tab is where you essentially configure the common name of the VLAN that you want to setup along with any static MAC config that you need. The VLAN interface configureation is where you are actually going to setup the interface tag, assign the VLAN you configured earlier to the VLAN interface, assign the interface to the virtual router and security zone and give the VLAN interface it's IP address. 

Hey BPry,


Thanks so much for getting back to me. Just one more question for you if you don't mind. What is the purpose of assigning an IP address to the VLAN interface? Shouldn't it just use the IP address I have specified for the subinterface by default?


Thanks again for taking the time. I greatly appreciate it!



Depending on your LAN routing you could assign the default gateway of the VLAN as the VLAN interface IP and no matter what path is up the gateway would be assessible. So the interface on the firewall may be assigned and another interface might be, since the VLAN interface is acting as the gateway it doesn't matter if one of the interfaces go down. 


Now if you only have 1 interface acting as a 'Trunk' so to speak it doesn't matter what you do here because you won't see a benefit of assigning the VLAN interface as the gateway as if that 'Trunk' interface ever loses connection you still won't have a path to the gateway. In this scenario you mise as well assign the gateway ip to the interface in question instead of the VLAN interface. 

So are you saying then that it is possible to create the VLANs without assigning them an IP? Or is it required that they have an IP? What I'm getting from your previous response is that the VLAN relies on the interface IP address anyway and therefore it is optional whether or not I want to assign an IP address to the VLAN. Is this correct?

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