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RE: Sonicwall 3500/netflow
From: Blake Pfankuch <blake () pfankuch me>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 14:40:40 +0000

JRA,
        If you have questions contact me off list.  I would shoot for a little higher device to support that bandwidth 
if you are going to be enabling Services at all.  Also if you use services, make sure they are enabled only on 1 zone 
as to not double scan traffic.  Also I would skip the DPI-SSL services for now, as they are extremely throughput 
intensive.  The company I work for manages a few hundred Sonicwalls, some of them in a pretty complex setup.  SonicWall 
netflow is a little unique, they have a GUI feature called APPFlow which makes it pretty easy to trim down to watch 
exactly what you need (once you get the hang of it).  Some of the additional free features make the SonicWall very 
nice.  The SSLVPN portal is very handy for remote troubleshooting.  You can bind it to a VLAN interface with private 
addresses for management purposes as well as remote access.  

Careful though, they can either be a beast, or a joy to manage depending on how you set it up.

If you want to do entirely CLI management on the SonicWall, be prepared for a headache.  Everything is case sensitive, 
and not the cleanest.  If you build quick templates in your favorite text editor, it can be very simple to manage this 
way.  

SonicWall is pushing 5.8.1.4 firmwares to all of the partners as far as I know (maybe to everyone) if you call in with 
an issue.  Check the caveats though, we have a few conflicts related to VPN stuff as well as dynamic routing a few 
places.

Blake

-----Original Message-----
From: Jay Mitchell [mailto:jay () miscreant org] 
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 3:59 AM
To: Jay Ashworth
Cc: NANOG
Subject: Re: Sonicwall 3500/netflow

According to the spec sheet it does, haven't had the opportunity to play with one to comment any further though.

http://www.sonicwall.com/us/products/NSA_3500.html#tab=specifications

--jay


On 14/02/2012, at 2:21 PM, Jay Ashworth <jra () baylink com> wrote:

This will be my first time in Sonicwall territory.  I'm assuming this 
thing will (effectively) *be* my edge router; does it support netflow, 
as has been being discussed in the recent thread?

I'm likely going to have 100M from L3, with FiOS/150 and Roadrunner/50 
for backup/load bal; I don't think this will be a BGP application.  
:-)

Cheers,
-- jra
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