Firebox Template Examples for Service Providers

Applies To: Cloud-managed Fireboxes

Firebox templates provide an efficient way for a Service Provider to configure cloud-managed Fireboxes with preferred standard settings. When you create a Firebox template in a Service Provider account, all Subscriber accounts inherit that template as a read-only template. Service Providers can subscribe devices in any account they manage to the inherited template, or copy that template to create a new editable template.

These examples show some ways Service Providers can use templates to configure and update cloud-managed devices in their customer accounts.

Example 1 — Global Configuration Template

In the Service Provider account, configure a global template to use for devices in all Subscriber accounts.

Diagram of the global configuration use case

In this example: 

  • In the Service Provider account, create and deploy a template with global base settings that are applicable to all devices.
  • In each Subscriber account, an operator subscribes all devices to the template.

Benefits:

  • Service Provider creates and deploys the global template once.
  • When the Service Provider updates and deploys the template, any changes deploy to all subscribed devices automatically.

Example 2 — Multiple Templates

In the Service Provider account, configure multiple templates that all Subscriber accounts inherit.

Diagram of the multiple template use case

In this example:

  • In the Service Provider account, you can create and deploy multiple templates. For example:
    • Base — template with settings appropriate for most devices
    • VoIP — template with a policy to allow outbound VoIP connections to a VoIP service
  • In Subscriber accounts, an operator subscribes specific devices to one or both templates.

Benefits:

  • The Service Provider creates each template once.
  • When the Service Provider deploys an update to a template, any changes deploy to all subscribed devices automatically.

Example 3 — Standard Configuration Template

In the Service Provider account, configure a standard configuration to use as a basis for account-specific templates in new Subscriber accounts. In the Service Provider account, configure a standard template with common settings to use as the basis for account-specific templates. When you add a new subscriber account, the standard configuration template makes it easy to quickly create a new template with standard settings that you can modify for each customer.

Diagram of the starter configuration use case

In this example:

  • In the Service Provider account, an operator creates and deploys a template with standard settings to use as a basis for templates in Subscriber accounts.
  • In Subscriber accounts, you can:
    • Copy the inherited template.
    • Edit the copied template with settings specific to that account.
    • Subscribe devices to the copied template.

Benefits:

  • Service Provider creates and deploys the standard configuration template once.
  • The copied template in each account starts with standard settings.

Limitation:

  • Copied templates do not maintain a link to the original template.
  • Changes to the original template do not affect the copied template.

See Also

About Firebox Templates