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Mar 17 2015   4:45AM GMT

Palo Alto should consider offering virtual labs for Palo Alto certification preparations

Yasir Irfan Yasir Irfan Profile: Yasir Irfan


When it comes to preparations for any Certification exams, it is key to have an access to the appliance either in Physical or Virtual form. When it comes to Palo Alto certification preparations its quite challenging to find the virtual resources. Palo Alto recommends to practice their Firewall Installation, Configuration, and Management: Essentials I -Lab Manual on PA – 200 firewall which is a hardware appliance not a virtual appliance.

Palo Alto recommends the below shown topology for preparations of Palo Alto Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE) Exam – PAN-OS 6.0

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Source: Palo Alto Firewall Installation, Configuration, and Management: Essentials I -Lab Manual

Well I believe the same topology can be created on the virtual environment especially when Palo Alto is marketing their virtual firewalls. Like F5 they can offer a trial license of 30 days purely for study purpose or certification purposes or like Cisco’s VIRL which can be bought at very nominal price. When it comes to preparations of much advance Palo Alto certifications like Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE), one has to purely rely on either on Official Palo Alto training or hands on experience

It would be worth Palo Alto give a serious thought on coming out with a solution for their certification preparations especially when they are growing and trying to dominate the Next Generation Firewall world.

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