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Are NAT statements on the PIX processed in order of NAT ID?

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The security appliance matches real addresses to NAT commands in the following order:

1. NAT exemption (nat 0 access-list)-In order, until the first match. Identity NAT is not included in

this category; it is included in the regular static NAT or regular NAT category.We do not recommend

overlapping addresses in NAT exemption statements because unexpected results can occur.

2. Static NAT and Static PAT (regular and policy) (static)-In order, until the first match. Static

identity NAT is included in this category.

3. Policy dynamic NAT (nat access-list)-In order, until the first match. Overlapping addresses are

allowed.

4. Regular dynamic NAT (nat)-Best match. Regular identity NAT is included in this category. The

order of the NAT commands does not matter; the NAT statement that best matches the real address

is used. For example, you can create a general statement to translate all addresses (0.0.0.0) on an

interface. If you want to translate a subset of your network (10.1.1.1) to a different address, then you

can create a statement to translate only 10.1.1.1. When 10.1.1.1 makes a connection, the specific

statement for 10.1.1.1 is used because it matches the real address best. We do not recommend using

overlapping statements; they use more memory and can slow the performance of the security

appliance.

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