Cloud GMS Quick Start Guide

Advanced Firewall Configuration


Auto-configuration for Reporting

After the Firewall has been acquired, and the status icon in the Tree Control changes to “Blue” for the firewall licensed for Reporting and Analytics, the scheduler engine auto-configures the Flow Server information on the GMSFlow Server page.

NOTE: This step could require a restart of the firewall depending on your version of the firmware.

The Application Control feature available in the firewall is required for showing the Application Names in Flow reporting. Enabling this option on the firewall reveals raw traffic being generated by Google Chat sessions in a more readable report than “Google Chat,” “Facebook,” and so on. Follow this link for detailed instructions on how to enable the feature on your firewalls using SonicOS Gen 6 firmware.

Introduction to Policy Management and UI layout

Cloud GMS is a Web-based application for configuring, managing and gathering reports from SonicWall firewalls. This section provides an introduction to the main elements of the Web-based management interface.


Multi-firewall Management

Cloud GMS provides next generation management capability by allowing you to manage multiple firewalls over HTTPS. Functions such as creating tasks, posting policies, scheduling tasks, and more are easily completed across multiple appliances at the Unit and Group levels.

Navigation Tabs

The Cloud GMS management interface navigation tabs are located at the top of the management interface. The navigations tabs include:


The Console tab provides tools to customize options and to manage the Cloud GMS settings that affect the environment.

Left Pane or Tree Control

The left pane of the Cloud GMS management interface provides tree control that displays the current Cloud GMS view as well as a list of managed appliances. The left-pane tree control provides the ability to switch between views and displays the current state of each appliance under management. A single box in the tree control indicates a node at the appliance or unit level. Two boxes in the tree control indicate a node at the group level. A global node at the top of the tree control is indicated by a three-box icon. The color and additional images superimposed on these icons provide useful status information

Middle Pane

At the top of the Middle pane there are two sub-tabs:

Policies - Provides policy configuration options for managed appliances.
Flows - Provides IPFIX-based Flow Reporting at the global, group, or appliance level. The current selection in the center pane is indicated by the highlighted item.

The Middle pane options change based on the navigational tab and the Left pane selections, and the selections in the Middle pane modify the display in the Right pane.

Right Pane

The Right pane displays the available status or tasks based on the current selection of the navigational tab and the Left pane and Middle pane options. Configurations completed in the Right pane modify the global, group, and appliance settings. For example, the Right pane image displays the status and tasks available for the Policies navigation tab, the Left pane selection in the GlobalView, and the Middle pane selection of System > Status.