Palo Alto Networks Knowledgebase: Panorama to Managed Firewall Commit Error: '<url-category>' is not a valid reference.

Panorama to Managed Firewall Commit Error: '<url-category>' is not a valid reference.

Created On 02/07/19 23:38 PM - Last Updated 02/07/19 23:39 PM
URL Filtering


Panorama to managed firewall commit produces the following error: '<url-category>' is not a valid reference."


The value of '<url-category>' is a valid URL category for BrightCloud but invalid for PAN-DB. The issue occurs because Panorama is on BrightCloud while the managed firewall is on PAN-DB. For example, the category "Bot Nets" is valid for BrightCloud but not for PAN-DB.


Panorama supports an environment where all of its managed firewalls are either on BrightCloud or PAN-DB. Panorama does not support a mixed BrightCloud and PAN-DB environment. The resolution is to either set Panorama and its managed firewalls to the same URL Filtering database (BrightCloud or PAN-DB).

To view what the database is currently running on the firewall/panorama, use the following command:

> show system setting url-database

To change the database on the firewall/Panorama, use the following command:

> set system setting url-database <value>

<value> is either "brightcloud" or "paloaltonetworks"

Note: An auto-commit will trigger after execution.

See Also

BrightCloud to PAN-DB Category Mapping

Does Panorama Support a Mixed BrightCloud and PAN-DB Environment?

owner: hshah

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