URL analysis allows administrators to gain insight into the type of websites accessed within the organization, and understand the reputation and risk of the accessed websites.

  • URL analysis is available on gateway firewall.
  • URL analysis requires an Enterprise plus license.
  • The management interface IP of edge nodes must have Internet connectivity.
  • DNS server must be configured on edge nodes.
  • After enabling URL analysis, check that the connection is UP, and that the URL database is not 0.0.0.0.
Configure URL analysis and analyze traffic for external websites:
  1. Ensure that DNS is configured on an edge node. See Create an NSX Edge Transport Node in the NSX-T Data Center Installation Guide.
  2. Enable URL Analysis. URL Settings
  3. (Optional) Configure custom URL Analysis profiles. Add a Context Profile
  4. Create a Layer 7 DNS Rule
  5. Generate traffic for external websites.
  6. Review the URL Analysis dashboard. URL Analysis Dashboard