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Packet capture vs. Netflow of remote site



Scenario: Monitor Internet traffic via Netflow in a hub-spoke VPN network with Cisco ASA firewalls over cable/DSL connections (6Mbit down / 1Mbit up). VPN traffic carries Corp data but Internet surfing goes out each firewall. PRTG server is in the core network.

Question: What is the most efficient way to monitor Internet traffic via Netflow on a Cisco ASA? Install a remote probe in each site and create a Netflow sensor...or... install Netflow sensors for each site on the PRTG server in the core network?

ciscoasa hub-spoke netflow remotemonitoring

Created on Aug 22, 2013 7:03:14 PM

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thank you very much for your KB-Post. I would recommend to have Remote Probes in each site, to only send the "results" back to the core, not the full Netflow packets. And in addition to that, benefit from the caching of monitoring results by the Probes, should the connection be lost for a short time.

best regards.

Created on Aug 23, 2013 1:44:37 PM by  Torsten Lindner [Paessler Support]

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