"By default, the FWSM creates NAT sessions for all connections even if you do not use NAT. For example, a session is created for each untranslated connection even if you do not enable NAT control, you use NAT exemption or identity NAT, or you use same security interfaces and do not configure NAT. Because there is a maximum number of NAT sessions (see the Catalyst 6500 Series Switch and Cisco 7600 Series Router Firewall Services Module Configuration Guide), these kinds of NAT sessions might cause you to run into the limit.
To avoid running into the limit, you can disable NAT sessions for untranslated traffic using the xlate-bypass command. If you disable NAT control and have untranslated traffic or use NAT exemption, or you enable NAT control (using the nat-control command) and use NAT exemption, then with xlate bypass, the FWSM does not create a session for these types of untranslated traffic. NAT sessions are still created in the following instances:
â¢You configure identity NAT (with or without NAT control). Identity NAT is considered to be a translation.
â¢You use same-security interfaces with NAT control. Traffic between same security interfaces create NAT sessions even when you do not configure NAT for the traffic. To avoid NAT sessions in this case, disable NAT control or use NAT exemption as well as xlate bypass. "
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