: Enhanced Logging for GlobalProtect

Enhanced Logging for GlobalProtect

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Enhanced Logging for GlobalProtect

To help you monitor and troubleshoot issues with your GlobalProtect deployment, PAN-OS now provides the following logging enhancements for GlobalProtect:
These features are available for any Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall deployed as a GlobalProtect gateway or portal.

GlobalProtect Activity Charts and Graphs on the ACC

The ACC displays a graphical view of user activity in your GlobalProtect deployment on the GlobalProtect Activity tab. The following charts are available:
  • Successful GlobalProtect Connection Activity
    —Chart view of GlobalProtect connection activity over the selected time period. Use the toggle at the top of the chart to switch between connection statistics by users, portals and gateways, and location.
  • Unsuccessful GlobalProtect Connection Activity
    —Chart view of unsuccessful GlobalProtect connection activity over the selected time period. Use the toggle at the top of the chart to switch between connection statistics by users, portals and gateways, and location. To help you identify and troubleshoot connection issues, you can also view the reasons chart or graph. For this chart, the ACC indicates the error, source user, public IP address and other information to help you identify and resolve the issue quickly.
  • GlobalProtect Deployment Activity
    —Chart view summary of your deployment. Use the toggle at the top of the chart to view the distribution of users by authentication method, GlobalProtect app version, and operating system version.
The GlobalProtect Activity charts and graphs are also interactive and support similar drill-down functionality to other ACC charts and graphs.
In addition, the
GlobalProtect Host Information
widget under the Network Activity tab is now renamed
HIP Information

New GlobalProtect Log Category

PAN-OS now moves GlobalProtect logs to a new dedicated page within
. This page enables you to view the following GlobalProtect events in one place:
  • System logs related to GlobalProtect.
    GlobalProtect authentication event logs remain in
    ; however, the new GlobalProtect logs display information that shows the authentication method that is used. The following screenshot shows an example of logs in the new
    page; note the
    Auth Method
    Compare these to the authentication-related logs that are in
  • LSVPN/satellite events.
  • GlobalProtect portal and gateway logs.
  • Clientless VPN logs.
The new log category eliminates the need for using complex log queries to locate GlobalProtect logs. You can also sort, filter, and query the GlobalProtect logs.

New GlobalProtect Admin Role

If access to GlobalProtect logs and data is a concern (such as for regulatory compliance or data privacy concerns), you can restrict access to these logs by creating an Admin Role profile and specifying the
role to enable, disable, or provide read-only access to the GlobalProtect logs.

Log Forwarding for GlobalProtect Logs

You can now forward GlobalProtect logs to an external service such as a syslog receiver or ticketing system. In cases where some teams in your organization can achieve greater efficiency by monitoring only the GlobalProtect logs that are relevant to their operations, you can create forwarding filters based on GlobalProtect log attributes. For example, you can filter by:
  • GlobalProtect authentication events generated by GlobalProtect (type eq globalprotect)
    GlobalProtect authentication events generated by the authentication service (type eq auth) remain in
  • All other GlobalProtect events (non-authentication)
Palo Alto Networks firewalls forward GlobalProtect logs using the following format. To facilitate parsing, the delimiter is a comma: each field is a comma-separated value (CSV) string.
domain, receive_time, serial, seqno, actionflags, type, subtype, config_ver, time_generated, vsys, eventid, stage, auth_method, tunnel_type, srcuser, srcregion, machinename, public_ip, public_ipv6, private_ip, private_ipv6, hostid, serialnumber, client_ver, client_os, client_os_ver, repeatcnt, reason, error, opaque, status, location, login_duration, connect_method, error_code, portal
To configure log forwarding for GlobalProtect logs:
  1. Configure a server profile for each external service that will receive log information.
  2. Configure the destinations for GlobalProtect logs.
    You can also add or remove tags from a source or destination IP address in a log entry.
  3. Commit and verify your changes.

Custom Reports for GlobalProtect

You can configure custom reports based on GlobalProtect logs that the firewall generates immediately (on demand) or on schedule (each night).
  1. Select
    Manage Custom Reports
  2. Click
    and then enter a
    for the report.
  3. To base a report on an predefined template, click
    Load Template
    and choose the template. You can then edit the template and save it as a custom report.
  4. If you choose to build the report from scratch, select the database you want to use for the report as
    Device GlobalProtect Log
  5. Select the
    check box to run the report each night. The report is then available for viewing in the
    column on the side.
  6. Define the filtering criteria. Select the
    Time Frame
    , the
    Sort By
    Group By
    preference, and select the columns that must display in the report.
  7. (
    ) Select the
    Query Builder
    attributes if you want to further refine the selection criteria. To build a report query, specify the following and click
    . Repeat as needed to construct the full query.
    • Connector
      —Choose the connector (and/or) to precede the expression you are adding.
    • Negate
      —Select the check box to interpret the query as a negation. If, for example, you choose to match entries in the last 24 hours and/or are originating from the untrust zone, the negate option causes a match on entries that are not in the past 24 hours and/or are not from the untrust zone.
    • Attribute
      —Choose a data element. The available options depend on the choice of database.
    • Operator
      —Choose the criterion to determine whether the attribute applies (such as =). The available options depend on the choice of database.
    • Value
      —Specify the attribute value to match.
    For example, to build a report for GlobalProtect portal users with unsuccessful login attempts, use a query similar to the following:
    ((eventid eq 'portal-prelogin') or (eventid eq 'portal-auth') or (eventid eq 'portal-gen-cookie') or (eventid eq 'portal-getconfig')) and (status eq 'failure')
  8. To test the report settings, select
    Run Now
    . Modify the settings as required to change the information that is displayed in the report.
  9. Click
    to save the custom report.

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