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[EOL/EOE] NSM is removing global address objects and replacing them with zone-based objects



Article ID: KB29501 KB Last Updated: 18 Oct 2020Version: 2.0

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This article explains why NSM is replacing the global address book entries with zone-based entries, and shows how to switch NSM to use global address objects.



A Global Address book is an Address book that is available to all security zones that have no address books attached to them. A zone can use two address books at a time: 1) the global address book, and 2) the address book to which the zone is attached. When a security zone is not attached to any address book, it automatically uses the global address book. Thus, when a security zone is attached to an address book, the system looks up addresses from this address book; otherwise, the system looks up addresses from the default global address book.


The example below shows the NSM issue with address book entries: All global address book entries are converted into zone address book entries.

Summarize Delta Config Snippet

XML Diff between Device (-) and NSM (+):

- <address-book>
- <name>global</name>
- <address>

- <name>host_X.X.X.X</name>
- <ip-prefix>X.X.X.X/X</ip-prefix>
- </address>

+ <address-book>

+ <address>
+ <name>host_X.X.X.X</name>
+ <ip-prefix>X.X.X.X/X</ip-prefix>
+ </address>

Config to be sent to Device on next Update Device:

<address-book operation="delete">
<address-book operation="create">



The Use global address book option is not enabled in NSM; however, the device is using both Global address book entries.

Note that support for the global address book in zone-based and global-based rules was introduced in NSM 2012.1.


Perform the procedure below to correct the problem:

  1. Log into the NSM GUI.

  2. Right-click Device, then select the Use Global Address book option.

  3. Run the command below:

summarize delta config

The Global/Zone address objects will no longer be different.

Modification History:
2020-10-18: Tagged article for EOL/EOE.
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