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Sonicwall NSA 2400 Portshield

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What happened to Portshield? We use the TZ series primarily, but recently purchased an NSA 2400 for our office. I need ports X2-X5 to be a separate LAN2 with a separate IP range. I do not want to use another switch to connect 3-4 servers together and then go through X2. I want to plug each server into X2, X3, X4 and X5, they all be able to see each other, but NOT the LAN and use the same gateway such as 192.168.50.1. Possible?
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Ok the last part was confusing. I meant, they all need to share their own gateway 192.168.50.1 that is separate from the LAN. LAN gateway is 192.168.1.1 and LAN2 gateway will be 192.168.50.1. I cannot bridge more than two ports. Portshield seems to be gone. So how to I add member interfaces together to create a LAN2 off the sonicwall directly? This used to be easy!
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I agree with everything you wrote and had pretty much come to the same solution / conclusion. I find it dirty and unnecessarily complicated. Why in the world would they take something so simple away? It works great on the TZ series! I see on the NSA it still has the column for "members" yet doesn't allow you to actually assign members to zones?? I would love to know their reasoning behind removing this option for this model. Is this all NSA's? For a firewall that is three times the cost of a TZ you would think it would protect against STD's!! Never would I have thought it wouldn't provide a service already being offered with lesser models. I must say I've been using Sonicwall for 20 years and this is the first time I'm actually disappointed. I'll wait a day or so before awarding points just to make sure someone doesn't come along smarter than the two of us. Anybody?  By the way, I have a few clients using NSA 240's and they have the Portshield option. Older model? Firmware fubar?
I've been using them for over 7 years and still love them but I'm lucky in that I have layer 3 Procurve switches behind the Sonicwall where I can do whatever I want.

It looks like more of a marketing decision in that they probably feel that anyone able to purchase a NSA 2400 and higher would be a enterprise client and would typically have L3 switches at their disposal.  To be honest, I really miss our Pro 1260s, they were perfect for our smaller offices with the 24 LAN ports that could be portshielded.
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Just an FYI... PortShielding Groups exists!!! Several months back SonicWALL released PortShielding in their 6.1 SonicOS leg for NSA appliances plus a bunch of other cool items like Switching, VLAN trunking, L2 Discovery, Link Aggregation and Port Mirroring to name a few...!

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