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ASA 5505 Policy Map global_policy

Can someone please explain in plain English an explanation\summary of what the Policy map actually does? It inspects the protocols listed underneath I suppose, but how does it define inspect?

Does it matter what order the protocols are inspected in? For example some of my ASA's have this at the bottom of the policy-map global_policy, while others have it in the middle.
inspect ip-options
  inspect icmp

I also see an ACL for this entry below but the global_mpc (which I assume is global map policy?),  isnt in the policy-map global_policy. What is the purpose of "policy-map global_policy"?

# show run access-list global_mpc
access-list global_mpc extended permit ip any any

policy-map type inspect dns preset_dns_map
  message-length maximum client auto
  message-length maximum 512
policy-map global_policy
 class inspection_default
  inspect dns preset_dns_map
  inspect ftp
  inspect h323 h225
  inspect h323 ras
  inspect ip-options
  inspect icmp
  inspect netbios
  inspect rsh
  inspect rtsp
  inspect skinny
  inspect esmtp
  inspect sqlnet
  inspect sunrpc
  inspect tftp
  inspect xdmcp
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Policy maps are the bit in the middle :) service policy<>Policy Maps<>Class Maps
You can have one global service-policy, and a service policy for each interface (applied inbound and outbound)
so you define what you want to look at/restrict/ police etc with a class map like this.... (this will classify all traffic to and from SO A CLASS MAP CLASSIFIES SOMETHING (IN THIS CASE TRAFFIC)
PetesASA(config)# access-list ACL-THROTTLE extended permit ip host any
PetesASA(config)# access-list ACL-THROTTLE extended permit ip any host
PetesASA(config)# class-map CM-THROTTLE
PetesASA(config-cmap)# match access-list ACL-THROTTLE
PetesASA(config-cmap)# exit

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Now I need to decide what to do with that traffic, lets say I want to throttle it so it cant steal all my bandwidth I use a policy map POLICY MAPS APPLY AN ACTION TO A CLASS MAP
PetesASA(config)# policy-map PM-THROTTLE
PetesASA(config-pmap)# class CM-THROTTLE
PetesASA(config-pmap-c)# police output 1000000 2000
PetesASA(config-pmap-c)# police input 1000000 2000
PetesASA(config-pmap-c)# exit
PetesASA(config-pmap)# exit

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Then I either apply that with a global service-policy (like the one you have above in your config you will also have a line that looks like this to apply that policy SERVICE-POLICIES APPLY POLICY-MAPS
PetesASA(config)# service-policy global_policy global

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So to throttle my traffic Id use
PetesASA(config)# service-policy PM-THROTTLE interface inside

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tolinromeAuthor Commented:
great and thorough explanation, thanks.
Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
My Pleasure ThanQ

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