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Cisco ASA 9.1 - Possible to police individual flows within a set bandwidth cap?

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In this scenario, there is a 10Mb pipe out of the ASA to ISP1. The goal is to police inbound/outbound traffic to inside subnet X.X.X.X/24 to use a max of 8Mb of that pipe. This I've accomplished with a service policy on the ISP1 interface, with the observed behaviour being that download 1 will take up all 8Mb, then when a second download starts, they will begin to share the 8Mb, then a third starts and again they will all share the pipe evenly, so the aggregate of the flows continues to use a max of 8Mb. But I'm trying to determine if there's a way to police the individual flows in the subnet. Meaning "hey you subnet X, flows to/from IPs in your range can only use up to 5Mb each, with your aggregate total being 8Mb".
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This is TAC's response, anyone else have any comments?

"Unfortunately QOS polices based on connections information is not supported in the ASA, any policy must match a class and classes are defined as per ip range basis and protocols only."

The simplified pronounced example I also gave to them was suppose I have a 50Mb pipe and want to restrict any connections to/from subnet X to a max of 1Mb each. Not possible. The policing with a class-map matching a subnet only seems to apply to the subnet as a whole. I realize that logically this approach may be flawed as in 'why would you want to do that', I suppose it wouldn't matter as long as I could find a better explanation of how the policing shares the bandwidth among multiple connections when priority queues aren't specified.
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The only reasons to use QoS is to manage congestion, or to prioritize low-latency flows.  Introducing policing policies is basically denial-of-servicing yourself.

So if you're asking "why isn't this feature available?" then the answer is "because you shouldn't do that in the first place."

I suppose there are certain cases where you might want to test whether an application works over a low-bandwidth connection, which I've had to do before, but it's better to use a router to police the flow rather than an ASA.
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Thanks. The idea is to be able to limit individual users or groups of users to lower bandwidths than is available on a given circuit.
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