Windows Log Forwarding and Global Catalog Servers

Because each User-ID agent can monitor up to 100 servers, the firewall needs multiple User-ID agents to monitor a network with hundreds of AD domain controllers or Exchange servers. Creating and managing numerous User-ID agents involves considerable administrative overhead, especially in expanding networks where tracking new domain controllers is difficult. Windows Log Forwarding enables you to minimize the administrative overhead by reducing the number of servers to monitor and thereby reducing the number of User-ID agents to manage. When you configure Windows Log Forwarding, multiple domain controllers export their login events to a single domain member from which a User-ID agent collects the user mapping information.
You can configure Windows Log Forwarding for Windows Server versions 2003, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, and 2012 R2. Windows Log Forwarding is not available for non-Microsoft servers.
To collect group mapping information in a large-scale network, you can configure the firewall to query a Global Catalog server that receives account information from the domain controllers.
The following figure illustrates user mapping and group mapping for a large-scale network in which the firewall uses a Windows-based User-ID agent. See Plan a Large-Scale User-ID Deployment to determine if this deployment suits your network.

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