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Barracuda Firewall Policy Manager

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Configure the Firewall Policy Manager and set the details for administrative user groups. Settings related to authentication, security, and networking require advanced user access. The Advanced tab is available only for users with privileged IT Admin permissions. From here, administrators can create user groups and configure network and asset management settings. Firmware updates are performed in Barracuda Firewall Admin. To access the advanced configuration, log into the Barracuda Policy Manager and c lick the Advanced tab.  For a detailed description of the configuration interface, see Firewall Policy Manager Web Interface .

Configure User Groups

Add users according to your MSAD groups, and assign administrative roles so that the users can perform actions within the applications and rules creation process on the Firewall Policy Manager. System email notifications will be sent to users with appropriate roles in case of ticket status and progress changes. For a detailed description of user groups and permissions, see Administrative Roles and Permissions.

Perform the following steps for each user group:

  1. From the left menu, select User Groups.
  2. Click the plus icon (fm_add01.png) to add a user group. The User Group window opens.
  3. Define the following settings:
    • Group Name – Enter a descriptive name for the user group the configured role should be applied to.
    • AD Group – Select the corresponding MSAD group that contains the users in Active Directory.
    • Role – Select the role you wish to assign to the user group.
  4. Click Save.

The users in the configured group are now assigned an administrative role and can perform actions they are permitted to.

Configure Asset Management Settings

Configure the Firewall Policy Manager to use an external MSSQL database for assets used in the rules.

  1. From the left menu, select Asset Management. The Asset Management window opens.
  2. Define the following settings:
    • Database – Enter a descriptive name for the database that hosts your asset data.
    • IP – Enter the IP address of the asset management server.
    • Port – Enter the port the asset management server listens on.
    • Username – Enter the username of the user who is responsible for the asset management database.
    • Password – Enter the password for the user who is responsible for the asset management database.
  3. Click Save.

The asset database is now linked to the Firewall Policy Manager, asset information is fetched from the database and can be applied to your rules.

Manage IPS Policies

Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) policies control the behavior of the IPS when an attack is detected. You can define multiple IPS policies and apply them to individual access rules as needed. By default, all access rules use the default IPS policy. All traffic is scanned according to this policy while IPS is enabled.

Create a policy that should be applied to your rules:

  1. From the left menu, select IPS Policies.
  2. Click the plus icon (fm_add01.png) to add an IPS policy. The IPS Policy window opens.
  3. In the Group Name field, enter the group the configured IPS policy should be applied to.
  4. Click Save.

The policy is now listed under IPS Policies and can be applied to your entries.

Configure LDAP Settings

Configure the settings for LDAP authentication. A mapping functionality allows assigning roles in the Firewall Policy Manager to corresponding groups in Active Directory. This requires a base OU from Active Directory below which is searched.  Before LDAP authentication to MSAD can work, the settings must also be configured in Firewall Admin.  For more information, see Installation and Setup .

To configure LDAP settings on the Firewall Policy Manager,

  1. Go to the Advanced tab.
  2. From the left menu, select LDAP Settings. The LDAP Settings window opens.
  3. Define the following settings:
    • User filter – Enter the format used for filtering. E.g. objectCategory=Person
    • User name attribute – Enter the username for authentication. E.g. samaccountname
    • User filter group part attribute – Enter the filtering criteria for search. E.g.: memberOf
    • Login user name format – Enter the format required for user login. E.g.:
    • User base dn – Specify the entry point in the LDAP tree for search. E.g.,: DC=my,DC=ad,DC=int
    • User email attribute – Enter the email attribute for authentication.
  4. Click Save.

Next Steps

User groups with appropriate permissions can now create applications, link applications to rules, and assign policies to firewalls in the network.

For more information, see How to Create Applications and How to Create Rules.

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