Install the PA-7000 Series Firewall Switch Management Card (SMC-B)

A Switch Management Card (SMC) is required for chassis operation. On a PA-7050 firewall, you must install the SMC in slot 4 and on the PA-7080 firewall, you must install the SMC in slot 6.
There are two versions of the PA-7050 SMC: version 1 and version 2. The PA-7050 firewall must be running PAN-OS 6.1 or a later release to recognize a version 2 SMC. The version 2 SMC uses the same install and release levers as the LPC; the version 1 SMC does not. For more details, see PA-7000 Series Firewall SMC Component Descriptions.
The PA-7050 SMC and PA-7080 SMC are not interchangeable. Although both cards have the same ports and LEDs, the back connectors and the software is different. The hardware is also keyed in such a way that you cannot install a PA-7050 SMC in a PA-7080 firewall and vice versa.
  1. Put the provided ESD wrist strap on your wrist ensuring that the metal contact is touching your skin. Then attach (snap) one end of the ground cable to the wrist strap and remove the alligator clip from the banana clip on the other end of the ESD grounding cable. Plug the banana clip end into one of the ESD ports located on the front of the chassis before handling ESD sensitive hardware. For details on the ESD port location, see PA-7050 Front Panel (AC) or PA-7080 Front Panel (AC).
  2. Ensure that the chassis is powered off and disconnect the power cords.
  3. Remove the SMC-B from the antistatic bag and slide it into the front slot (slot 4 on a PA-7050 firewall or slot 6 on a PA-7080 firewall) until it is about 1/4-inch from being fully inserted. Ensure that the handles are in the open position.
    The following images show the first-generation SMC; the install procedure for the second-generation SMC-B is the same.
  4. Close the handles and ensure that the SMC-B fully seats into the SMC slot.
  5. Tighten the thumb screws on each side of the SMC-B to secure it to the chassis. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver if necessary.

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