FIREWALL: How Do I Become an Firewall Administrator?
This document describes the process for becoming an Cisco Firewall (firewall context "fc-*") administrator.
Background InfoAccess to the Campus Firewall service contexts is handled by an automated process that relies on information in the WiscNIC database. In addition to contact information for all network administrators on campus, there are /32 subnet records (a /32 is a subnet containing only one IP address) for each Firewall context on campus. To administer an Firewall context you must first add your contact information to WiscNIC, then you must be added to the appropriate subnet record as a technical contact.
Briefly, the procedure is as follows:
Making the Request
IMPORTANT: Make sure you have added yourself the the WiscNIC database prior to making the request to be added as a technical contact.
There are two ways you can request to be added to the WiscNIC database as an Firewall administrator. We present them in order of preference:
1) Request that the administrator of the subnet controlled by the Firewall add you as a technical contact to the /32 record in WiscNIC.
Each subnet in WiscNIC has a designated "administrative contact". That person has the ability to use the WiscnicUpdate tool to add other users as technical contacts to their subnets. If you know who the appropriate administrative contact is for the subnet in question, they can add you.
2) Send a request to the NOC.
If you do not know the administrative contact for the subnet in question, you can send a request to email@example.com with the following information:
Example (you may not have all this information, but it is included to be complete):
NOC, My name is John Doe (netid 'jdoe1'). I work with Jane Smith who is the network administrator for Veterinary Medicine (AHABS). I just completed the FWSM training on 8/8/08 and I need to be granted access to the FWSM context for VetMed (AHABS) for VLANs 1171 (Inside) and 771 (Outside). I believe this is context fx-113 and is in the 22.214.171.124/25 subnet. Please add me to the appropriate /32 subnet in WiscNIC as a technical contact. Thanks! John Doe