Hi, could someone please explain what are the advantages of trunking to the firewall. I am referring to a stand alone hardware firewall and not a FWSM module. The reason for this question is that it seems many folks are using this method to basically use the firewall as a default gateway for services however it seems that this might be more of a administrative burden for the firewall administrator.
The obvious benefits are that since traffic from your hosts goes to teh firewall to route as it is the default gateway you can explicitly permit/deny.
As opposed to when the default gateway is on the switch than to prevent inter-vlan traffic you have to configure ACL's.
Besides the above mentioned I cannot seem to understand any other benefits and would appreciate if someone could possibly point out some more benefits as well as give a small design scenario where this might be used. Thx