Understanding the vGW Series Groups and Groups Settings

From Settings module on the vGW Security Design VM, select Security Settings > Groups. Here you can define groups that can contain resources and virtual machines (VMs).

vGW Series Group Types

The vGW Series supports the following two group types:

You can associate either of these types of groups with a firewall policy. The Policy Group option that you select when you define a group controls policy association. When you select the Policy Group option, the group shows up in the Policy Groups area of the VM tree. Groups that do not have a policy associated with them appear in the Monitoring Groups section of the VM tree.

To define a policy for the group, you use the Firewall module and select the group in the VM tree.

Groups serve many purposes. For example, you might want to use a group for the following reasons:

Among the information that you configure for a group that you characterize as a policy group is whether the policy is applied automatically or manually.

You can automate many security tasks by putting in place the proper group structure.

Copying Groups

For various reasons, you might want to duplicate a group. For example, you might want to create a group with the policy that is associated with an existing group. You can use the Group page for this purpose.

To copy groups:

  1. From the Settings module on the vGW Security Design VM, select the Security Settings > Global.
  2. In the Groups table, click the name of the group that you want to copy.
  3. Click Copy Group. A dialog box appears.
  4. Give the new group a name.
  5. If the group that you are copying is a policy group, click Keep Policy if you want the original group’s policy to be associated with the new group.
  6. For a Smart Group, you can:
    • Click Duplicate Smart Group logic to duplicate the rule set on the copy.
    • Click Convert VM membership to static group to create a static group that contains the members of the copied Smart Group.
  7. Click Save.

    The new group is added to the Groups table.

Note: A new group created as a copy inherits the auto push property of the original. However, because it is effectively a new group, it must be manually pushed initially.

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