[rancid] Restore a Palo Alto Firewall from a Rancid bacup

john heasley heas at shrubbery.net
Mon Jul 15 22:00:30 UTC 2019

Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 09:18:34PM +0200, Erik Muller:
> On 7/12/19 14:15 , Gauthier, Chris wrote:
> > Rancid configs for PAN can NOT be used to restore the config, unless you 
> > cut and paste the configuration. This is because the native config files 
> > are stored in XML format and that is the format the Palo Alto utilities 
> > expect when performing restorations.
> Having recently needed to deal with a bunch of PAs, I ran into that same 
> issue and ended up writing a tool (https://github.com/ermuller/bracematch) 
> to simplify the process.
> RE the other question about Panorama vs device configs, if you're backing 
> up your Panorama configuration (which has been fine via Rancid in my 

How are you backing the Panorama configuration?  is that just another
rancid 'paloalto' target?

> experience) as well as the base config on the device, you don't need to 
> backup the merged configuration.  And you probably shouldn't pull the 
> merged config, for restore purposes, as anything other than the local 
> device configuration will come from the Panorama templates once the device 
> is replaced.  Of course, the merged config might still be convenient to 
> save to easily see the complete policy set active on a given box.
> -e
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