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Yet another 9.1 NAT question

We have a new ASA 5545 with multiple internal VLANs.  After much reading, I am more confused than ever regarding the new NAT.  Could somebody please help with this simple example w/ several internal VLANs?  I would like to setup acl's to filter connections between all these internal VLANs, allowing services such as ssh for example from some VLANs to other VLANs.  I would like to setup ingress and egress filtering for all VLANs.  Currently, Host cannot ping host, however each of these hosts can ping their respective gateways.  Also, I am not clear as to when to use object NAT versus Twice NAT.


Interface                      Name                    Security-Level

Port-channel1.33         test                                 75
Port-channel1.43         research                         70
Port-channel1.100        management                 40
Port-channel1.200        administration                50
Port-channel1.300        remote                            30

Port-channel1.33         test            
Port-channel1.43         research    
Port-channel1.100        management 
Port-channel1.200        administration 
Port-channel1.300        remote      


Thank you for your time.





I typically only use object

I typically only use object NAT for external access from public IPs to internal servers.  I'm not saying that's best practice or anything, it's just my personal preference.

A NAT example that would suffice for the example you mentioned is:

object network test-

nat (test,remote) source static test- test-

All traffic destined for any subnet within the "remote" interface would appear as

If you wanted to limit it to a specific subnet, you could futher do:

object network remote-

nat (test,remote) source static test- test- destination static remote- remote-

Keep in mind that static NAT rule are bi-directional.

WIth the NAT in place, you can still control ingress/egress traffic with ACLs, but if no ACLs are used keep in mind interfaces with higher security-levels are allowed to communicate with all interfaces with lower security-levels implicitly.

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Normally you would not have

Normally you would not have NAT going between subnets connected to the ASA, unless you have a specific reason for doing so.  And having an egress ACL on the ASA is just about never used these days, all ACLs are normally applied in the ingress direction on an interface.

As for when to use the different NAT types depends on what you are trying to do. So there are three types of NAT in the new ASA - Manual NAT, Auto-NAT, and After-Auto (or manual after-auto).  And they are executed in that order aswell.

So in the manual NAT field you would normally have your NAT exempt or twice NAT statements.

nat (inside,DMZ) source static OBJECT-1 OBJECT1 destination static OBJECT-2 OBJECT-2

Auto nat is where most of your static one to one translations and dynamic NAT/PAT will be configured.

The after-auto NAT is where you woud configure NAT statements that should apply if traffic doesn't match any of the configured statements in either the manual NAT or auto-NAT fields.



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