Device > Log Forwarding Card

Log Forwarding Card Features and Description
  • Device > Log Forwarding Card
The Log Forwarding Card (LFC) is a high-performance log card that forwards all dataplane logs (traffic and threat for example) from the firewall to one or more external logging systems, such as Panorama, Firewall Data Lake, or a syslog server. Because the dataplane logs are no longer available on the local firewall, the ACC tab is removed from the management web interface and Monitor > Logs contain only management logs (Configuration, System, and Alarms).
You need to configure the ports for the LFC. If you configure LFC 1/1 using a breakout cable, you have access to up to eight 10G breakout ports. This auto-configures ports 1-4 in the first interface and auto-configures ports 5-8 in the second interface. You can use one or both interfaces to provide up to 40G or 80G connectivity respectively. The linked device must be set to use LAG for all ports attached to the LFC.
If you configure LFC 1/9, you have access to up to two 40G ports. This auto-configures port 9 in the first interface and auto-configures port 10 in the second interface. You can use one or both interfaces to provide up to 40G or 80G connectivity respectively. The linked device must be set to use LAG for all ports attached to the LFC.
The LFC does not currently support LACP.
Configure the ports in
Device > Log Forwarding Card
. The firewall uses these ports to forward all dataplane logs to an external system, such as Panorama or a syslog server.
See the PA-7000 Series Hardware Reference Guide for information about the LFC requirements and components.
For an LFC interface, configure the settings described in the following table.
LFC Interface Settings
Description
Name
For an LFC, you must select
lfc1/1
or
lfc1/9
from the drop down menu.
Comment
Enter an optional description for the interface.
IPv4
If your network uses IPv4, define the following:
  • IP address
    —The IPv4 address of the port.
  • Netmask
    —The network mask for the IPv4 address of the port.
  • Default Gateway
    —The IPv4 address of the default gateway for the port.
IPv6
If your network uses IPv6, define the following:
  • IP address
    —The IPv6 address of the port.
  • Default Gateway
    —The IPv6 address of the default gateway for the port.
Link Speed
Select the interface speed in Mbps (
10000
or
40000
), or select
auto
(default) to have the firewall automatically determine the speed based on the connection. The interface speed available is dependent on the Name used (lfc1/1 or lfc1/9). For interfaces that have a non-configurable speed,
auto
is the only option.
Link State
Select whether the interface status is enabled (
up
), disabled (
down
), or determined automatically based on the connection (
auto
). The default is
auto
.
LACP Port Priority
LACP is currently not supported on the LFC.
Subinterfaces are available if you have multi-vsys enabled. To configure an LFC subinterface, add a subinterface and use the setting described in the following table.
LFC Subinterface Settings
Description
Interface Name
Interface Name
(read-only) displays the name of the log card interface you selected. In the adjacent field, enter a numeric suffix (1-9,999) to identify the subinterface.
Comment
Enter an optional description for the interface.
Tag
Enter the VLAN
Tag
(0-4,094) for the subinterface.
Make the tag the same as the subinterface number for ease of use.
Virtual System
Select the virtual system (vsys) to which the Log Forwarding Card (LFC) subinterface is assigned. Alternatively, you can click
Virtual Systems
to add a new vsys. Once an LFC subinterface is assigned to a vsys, that interface is used as the source interface for all services that forward logs (syslog, email, SNMP) from the log card.
IPv4
If your network uses IPv4, define the following:
  • IP address
    —The IPv4 address of the port.
  • Netmask
    —The network mask for the IPv4 address of the port.
  • Default Gateway
    —The IPv4 address of the default gateway for the port.
IPv6
If your network uses IPv6, define the following:
  • IP address
    —The IPv6 address of the port.
  • Default Gateway
    —The IPv6 address of the default gateway for the port.

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