FWSM

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Aug 6th, 2007

What would be the best recommandation to configure FWSM:

Router Mode or Transparent mode if I want to protect my Server Farm from all internal users inside my corporate company??

Any advice are welcome..

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Jon Marshall Mon, 08/06/2007 - 10:44

Hi

Either mode will work. The major advantages to deploying transparent mode are

1) firewalling non IP protocols

2) allowing routing protocol adjacency between a router on either side of the firewall althogh the FWSM does have some dynamic routing protocol support.

3) Easy insertion to existing network infrastructure

4) No need for NAT

If you want to deploy routed mode you will need to move the Layer 3 routed interface to the firewall and then create another vlan for the outside interface of the FWSM.

The major plus of routed mode if you are not running contexts is that you can have many DMZ's on one firewall. With transparent even with bridge groups you are limited as to how many vlans you can firewall.

It really depends on what future use you see for your FWSM, how many vlans you are looking to firewall and whether you are looking to deploy contexts within your FWSM.

It may sound from the above as though transparent has all the advantages but it isn't as simple as that eg. we run all our FWSM's in routed mode in our datacentres.

HTH

Jon

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