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PIX 515E with a pool of 14 Public IP Addresses, NAT/PAT Question.

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We are planning a PIX install.  I have a pool of 14 Public IP Addresses that are free (it is a class C 204.x.x.x/26 network that has been subnetted down even further.  So actually the 14 addresses would be like 204.x.x.x/28).  I plan on using a 204.x.x.x/30 for the outside interface and the router so that would be a seperate network.  We have quite a bit of people who use the internet on our network.  Probably 150 or so connections at any given time for mainly research.  So my question is this: would it be beneficial to setup our PIX with that pool of public ip addresses or would it be better to just use the 1 public IP Address on the outside interface and PAT?  Or both?

Also, we have one server that resides on the inside interface that must have a public IP or it will not function correctly.  So I can't really use NAT for it!  What do I have to do about that one?

I guess I am really looking for some good advice here since I know my IOS stuff but I am not so clear yet on the PIX.  Many thanks!!!
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USMC,
   Definately PAT...Keep your other public IPs for use in translations. use these commands
global (outside) 1 interface
nat (inside) 1 0.0.0.0 0.0.0.0 0 0

This will PAT everyone on the inside out as your interface address.

If you have a server that needs to stay the same address use the static statement...
static (inside,outside) [the ip for the server] [the ip for the server] netmask 255.255.255.255
static (inside,outside) 204.x.x.x 204.x.x.x netmask 255.255.255.255

make sure you create an access-list to the server if traffic is initated from the outside of the firewall to the server services.
access-list inbound permit tcp any host 204.x.x.x eq 25

ALSO, check your version of code on the pix.....MAKE SURE you are on a stable code....
DO NOT USE 6.3.1 or 6.3.2....both are EXTREAMLY BUGGY
if you can go to the most recent general deployment 6.2.3 or if you need some feature of 6.3.x then go to 6.3.3 or the latest 6.3.x code....


Good Luck


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Thanks for the response hawgpig.  That worked!
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