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Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

Barracuda NextGen Remote

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Barracuda NextGen Remote for Apple iOS provides system administrators easy remote access to their F-Series Firewalls and Control Centers through their iOS device. NextGen Remote provides general information on the unit's status and allows system administrators to reboot the unit, restart all its services, reconnect the network, and rebuild management tunnels. The Dynamic Firewall Rules interface displays all configured dynamic firewall rules with options to enable/disable or temporarily enable those rules. Barracuda NextGen Remote for Apple iOS lets you create a connection to one or more F-Series Firewalls via a NextGen Control Center. NextGen Remote provides full terminal access via SSH.

Requirements

  • Access to the management IP addresses, either directly or via client-to-site VPN.
  • Firmware 6.0.1 or higher.

Adding an F-Series Firewall or Control Center

  1. Tap New Connection in the upper-left corner.
    1. Tap Connect to Box to add a NextGen Firewall.
    2. Tap Connect to Control Center to add a NextGen Control Center.
    3. Tap Add Demo via VPN to add the Barracuda Networks demo units. This will also automatically install and configure a VPN connection profile to Barracuda Networks, which is established automatically when connecting to the demo units.
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  2. Enter a descriptive Name for the unit.
  3. In the Host field, enter the Management IP address of your firewall or Control Center.
  4. In the Log In and Password fields, enter the user credentials of the respective unit.
  5. To add this unit to the list of favorites, store the password for fast connection or add to a specific group, and enable the respective parameters in the Settings and Groups section.
  6. Tap Save in the upper-right corner to store this connection on your mobile device.

Connecting to your Firewall or Control Center

To connect to a unit via NextGen Remote, tap the entry in the left menu.

The NextGen Remote Status Page

NextGen Remote shows the status of the F-Series Firewall or Control Center, including server/service control, CPU load, system, network control, events, and licenses.

The status page of the Control Center shows the range and cluster architecture and provides general information on the server and health status of the managed firewalls.

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The status page offers the following features:

  • CC Service Issues – This section provides general information on the unit's server and service status, CPU and system status, event status, license status, as well as kernel, link, and architecture.
  • CC HealthThis section displays the health status of the managed firewall units per range and cluster.
  • Range 1,2,3... – Displays all ranges configured on the Control Center and shows the clusters and managed firewalls. Each range provides subsections, allowing access to all managed firewalls.

The status page of the NextGen Firewall provides general information on the unit, such as name, current license and activation state, installed firmware version, appliance model, and serial number.

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The status page offers the following features:

  • Events – This section displays a list of recent events with a severity of warning and above.
  • Resources – Provides general information on the unit's CPU and system status, such as memory and disk usage.
  • Overall Throughput (BIT/SEC)This section displays the overall traffic flow in bits per second.
  • Firewall Sessions – Provides information on the number of allowed and blocked sessions and the unit's traffic throughput.
  • Dynamic Firewall Rules – Displays all configured dynamic firewall rules with options to enable/disable or temporarily enable those rules.
  • Licenses – Shows the licensing state of the unit.
  • Site to Site Tunnels – Displays the status and details of TINA and IPsec VPN tunnels that are configured on the F-Series Firewall.
  • Top Allowed Apps / Top Blocked Apps – Shows the top applications that have been allowed or blocked during the last 24 hours by data size.
  • Top Allowed URL Categories / Top Blocked URL Categories – Shows the URL categories that have been allowed or blocked, sorted by data/occurrences.
  • Top IPS Alerts – Provides detailed information on alerts noticed by the Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) during the last 24 hours. For more information, see Intrusion Prevention System (IPS).
  • Top Malware Alerts – Provides detailed information on malware detected by the firewall during the last 24 hours.

To view general information on the unit, such as uptime, system time, installed firmware version, license state, model, and serial number:

  1. Tap the cogwheel icon on the top right of the status screen.
  2. Select Appliance Info from the context menu.

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View Status and Session Details

The firewall live view provides information on the number of allowed and blocked sessions and the unit's traffic throughput.

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To view the dynamic graphs for allowed sessions, blocked sessions, and bit/sec throughput:

  1. Open the status page of the NextGen Firewall.
  2. Tap Firewall Sessions.
  3. Tap Close to go back to the status page.

To display the dynamic graphs for overall firewall traffic, tap Overall Throughput (BIT/SEC). To view the graphs for box resource usage by memory, data disk usage, and system disk usage, tap Resources.

View Event Details

The Events section displays a list of recent events with a severity of warning and above. To access the list of events, tap Events. To view event details, tap the arrow icon on the right of the event.

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NextGen Remote Settings

The NextGen Remote main menu provides a set of general options, allowing administrators to refresh the interface, change the NextGen Remote password, and configure notifications for managed firewall configuration changes. To access the Settings menu, tap the cog wheel icon at the bottom of the appliance list.

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The Settings menu provides the following sections:

  • General – This section displays the license agreement and provides general information on the product. To reset the NextGen Remote configuration to factory state, tap Reset App Defaults.
  • Dashboard – Provides the option to refresh the configuration and update NextGen Remote with recent configuration changes on Control Center and managed firewalls. To update the configuration, tap Get New Data.
  • App password – Offers the option to change the password for NextGen Remote.
  • Push notifications – Tap Configure Notifications to get informed whenever the configuration on Control Center and / or managed firewalls is updated. To receive notifications, copy the device token that is displayed on the screen and paste it into your Barracuda NextGen Admin interface. For more information, see How to Configure Basic, Severity, and Notification Settings for Events.

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Perform Remote Actions

The Remote Actions feature allows system administrators to reboot the unit, restart all its services, reconnect the network, and rebuild management tunnels.

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To perform a unit reboot, services restart, network reconnect, or management tunnel rebuild:

  1. Tap the cogwheel icon on the top right of the status screen.
  2. Select Remote Actions from the context menu.
  3. Select the action to be performed.

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Terminal Access

The Terminal Access section allows access to the Command Line Interface of a NextGen Firewall F-Series or Control Center. This feature is not allowed on the Barracuda Networks demo units.

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To access the command line via SSH:

  1. Tap the cogwheel icon on the top right of the status screen.
  2. Select Terminal from the context menu.

Dynamic Firewall Rules

Enable and disable dynamic firewall rules, for example, to provide a team with temporary access to a blocked web application.

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  1. Open the status page of the F-Series Firewall.
  2. Tap Dynamic Firewall Rules to display all configured dynamic firewall rules.
  3. To enable or disable a rule, tap the arrow icon on the right of the rule.
    1. To enable the dynamic rule, tap Enable.
    2. To enable the dynamic rule for a specific time: 
      1. Tap Enable with time.
      2. Select days, hours, and minutes for the rule to be enabled.
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    3. To disable the dynamic rule, tap Disable.
  4. The rule is now enabled or disabled depending on the selected option.
  5. To exit the dynamic rules screen, tap the back arrow icon.
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