Host Agent Updates on a Web Server

If you have a large number of endpoints that will need to install and/or update the GlobalProtect agent software, consider hosting the GlobalProtect agent software images on an external web server. This helps reduce the load on the firewall when users connect to download the agent. To use this feature, the firewall hosting the portal must be running PAN-OS 4.1.7 or a later release.
  1. Download the version of the GlobalProtect agent that you plan to host on the web server to the firewall and activate it.
    Follow the steps for downloading and activating the agent software on the firewall as described in Host Agent Updates on the Portal.
  2. Download the GlobalProtect agent image you want to host on your web server.
    You should download the same image that you activated on the portal.
    From a browser, go to the Palo Alto Networks Software Updates site and Download the file to your computer.
  3. Publish the files to your web server.
    Upload the image file(s) to your web server.
  4. Redirect the end users to the web server.
    On the firewall hosting the portal, log in to the CLI and enter the following operational mode commands:
    > set global-protect redirect on 
    > set global-protect redirect location <path>
    where <path> is the path is the URL to the folder hosting the image, for example https://acme/GP.
  5. Test the redirect.
    1. Launch your web browser and go to the following URL:
      https://<portal address or name>
      For example, https://gp.acme.com.
    2. On the portal login page, enter your user Name and Password and then click Login. After successful login, the portal should redirect you to the download.

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