Change the Session Distribution Policy and View Statistics

The following table describes how to view and change the active Session Distribution Policies and describes how to view session statistics for each dataplane processor (DP) in the firewall.
Task
Command
Show the active session distribution policy.
Use the show session distribution policy command to view the active session distribution policy.
The following output is from a PA-7080 firewall with four NPCs installed in slots 2, 10, 11, and 12 with the ingress-slot distribution policy enabled:
> show session distribution policy
Ownership Distribution Policy: ingress-slot
Flow Enabled Line Cards: [2, 10, 11, 12]Packet Processing Enabled Line Cards: [2, 10, 11, 12]
Change the active session distribution policy.
Use the set session distribution-policy <policy> command to change the active session distribution policy.
For example, to select the session-load policy, enter the following command:
> set session distribution-policy session-load
View session distribution statistics.
Use the show session distribution statistics command to view the dataplane processors (DPs) on the firewall and the number of sessions on each active DP.
The following output is from a PA-7080 firewall:
> show session distribution statistics
DP     Active    Dispatched Dispatched/sec
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s1dp0    78698    7829818   1473
s1dp1    78775    7831384   1535
s3dp0    7796     736639    1488
s3dp1    7707     737026    1442
The DP Active column lists each dataplane on the installed NPCs. The first two characters indicate the slot number and the last three characters indicate the dataplane number. For example, s1dp0 indicates dataplane 0 on the NPC in slot 1 and s1dp1 indicates dataplane 1 on the NPC in slot1.
The Dispatched column shows the total number of sessions that the dataplane processed since the last time the firewall rebooted.
The Dispatched/sec column indicates the dispatch rate. If you add the numbers in the Dispatched column, the total equals the number of active sessions on the firewall. You can also view the total number of active sessions by running the show session info CLI command.
The PA-5200 Series firewall output will look similar, except that the number of DPs depends on the model and there is only one NPC slot (s1).

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