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Define a Traffic Management Action


Traffic Management actions can enforce bandwidth restrictions and guarantee a minimum amount of bandwidth for one or more policies. Each Traffic Management action can include settings for multiple interfaces. For example, on a Traffic Management action used with an HTTP policy for a small organization, you can set the minimum guaranteed bandwidth of a trusted interface to 250 kbps and the maximum bandwidth to 1000 kbps. This limits the speeds at which users can download files, but ensures that a small amount of bandwidth is always available for HTTP traffic. You can then set the minimum guaranteed bandwidth of an external interface to 150 kbps and the maximum bandwidth to 300 kbps to manage upload speeds at the same time.

Determine Available Bandwidth

Before you begin, you must determine the available bandwidth of the interface used for the policy or policies you want to guarantee bandwidth. For external interfaces, you can contact your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to verify the service level agreement for bandwidth. You can then use a speed test with online tools to verify this value. These tools can produce different values depending on a number of variables. For other interfaces, you can assume the link speed on the XTM device interface is the theoretical maximum bandwidth for that network. You must also consider both the sending and receiving needs of an interface and set the threshold value based on these needs. If your Internet connection is asymmetric, use the uplink bandwidth set by your ISP as the threshold value.

Determine the Sum of Your Bandwidth

You must also determine the sum of the bandwidth you want to guarantee for all policies on a given interface. For example, on a 1500 kbps external interface, you might want to reserve 600 kbps for all the guaranteed bandwidth and use the remaining 900 kbps for all other traffic.

All policies that use a given Traffic Management action share its connection rate and bandwidth settings. When they are created, policies automatically belong to the default Traffic Management action, which enforces no restrictions or reservations. If you create a Traffic Management action to set a maximum bandwidth of 10 Mbps and apply it to an FTP and an HTTP policy, all connections handled by those policies must share 10Mbps. If you later apply the same Traffic Management action to an SMTP policy, all three must share 10 Mbps. This also applies to connection rate limits and guaranteed minimum bandwidth. Unused guaranteed bandwidth reserved by one Traffic Management action can be used by others.

Create or Modify a Traffic Management Action

  1. Select Firewall > Traffic Management.
    The Traffic Management page appears.
  2. Click Add to create a new Traffic Management action.
    Or, select an action and click Configure.

Traffic Management action configuration

  1. Type a Name and a Description (optional) for the action. You use the action name to refer to the action when you assign it to a policy.
  2. In the drop-down list, select an interface. Type the minimum and maximum bandwidth for that interface in the adjacent text boxes.
  3. Click Add.
  4. Repeat Steps 4–5 to add traffic limits for additional interfaces.
  5. To remove an interface from the Traffic Management action, select it and click Remove.
  6. Click Save.

You can now apply this Traffic Management action to one or more policies.

See Also

About Traffic Management and QoS

Set Connection Rate Limits

Set Outgoing Interface Bandwidth

Enable QoS Marking or Prioritization Settings for a Policy

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