Web Category upload /download controls
I have a "Blocked URLs" Category on 5 firewalls, and I need to update all 5 firewalls whenever I need to block a new **** / torrent / gambling URL.
Please provide a central method to update a user created Category. The update method should also allow deletion of URLs.
The current "upload from text file" method is pretty smart, it appends only the URLs that are different than what is already in the Category so as to avoid duplications. But the upload method does NOT allow deletions.
Consider allowing deletions by removing URLs that are in the Category but NOT in the text file. This would help greatly when a typo creates an unwanted URL.
For example, if I blocked "nfl.com" when I should have blocked "fnl.com". If I see that typo and correct it in my text file, the next upload should add "fnl.com" and remove "nfl.com" since "nfl.com" is no longer in my text file.
Also, add a download button for the Category which will download a text file of URLs as a list... ready for upload to another firewall, or to keep as a backup.
You can do this with a Custom Category. You can create a text file with a list of the URLs you want to block and host it on a local web server. You can then define a Custom Category and tell it to use the URL of your file. Editing the file will change the list – it will auto-reload daily.
Longer term, we expect Central Firewall Management to provide the ability to manage and deploy configuration objects across several devices.