Install Panorama on Azure

How to deploy a Panorama™ virtual appliance and a virtual Dedicated Log Collector on Microsoft Azure.
You can now deploy Panorama™ and a Dedicated Log Collector on Microsoft Azure. Panorama deployed on Azure is Bring Your Own License (BYOL), supports all deployment modes (Panorama, Log Collector, and Management Only), and shares the same processes and functionality as the M-Series hardware appliances. For more information on Panorama modes, see Panorama Models.
  1. Log into to the Microsoft Azure portal.
  2. Set up the virtual network for your network needs.
    Whether you launch the Panorama virtual appliance in an existing virtual network or you create a new virtual network, the Panorama virtual appliance must be able to receive traffic from other instances in the virtual network and perform inbound and outbound communication between the virtual network and the internet as needed.
    Refer to the Microsft Azure Virtual Network documentation for more information.
    1. Create a Virtual Network or use an existing virtual network.
    2. Verify that the network and security components are appropriately defined.
      • Create a NAT gateway if you want to enable only outbound internet access for the subnet to which the Panorama virtual appliance belongs.
      • Create subnets. Subnets are segments of the IP address range assigned to the VPC in which you can launch Microsoft Azure instances. It is recommended that the Panorama virtual appliance belong to the management subnet so that you can configure it to access the internet if needed.
      • Add routes to the route table for a private subnet to ensure traffic can be routed across subnets in the VPC and from the internet if applicable.
        Ensure you create routes between subnets to allow communication between:
        • Panorama, managed firewalls, and Log Collectors.
        • (
          Optional
          ) Panorama and the internet.
      • Ensure that the following ingress security rules are allowed for the VPC to manage VPC traffic. The ingress traffic source for each rule is unique to your deployment topology.
        See Ports Used for Panorama for more information.
        • Allow SSH (port
          22
          ) traffic to enable access to the Panorama CLI.
        • Allow HTTPS (port
          443
          ) traffic to enable access to the Panorama web interface.
        • Allow traffic on port
          3978
          to enable communication between Panorama, manage firewalls, and managed Log Collectors. This port is also used by Log Collectors to forward logs to Panorama.
        • Allow traffic on port
          28443
          to enable managed firewalls to get software and content updates from Panorama.
  3. Deploy the Panorama virtual appliance.
    1. In the Azure Dashboard, select
      Virtual machines
      and
      Add
      a new virtual machine.
    2. Search for Palo Alto Networks and select the latest Panorama virtual appliance image.
    3. Create
      the Panorama virtual appliance.
  4. Configure the Panorama virtual appliance.
    1. Select your Azure
      Subscription
      .
    2. Select the Azure
      Resource Group
      to contain all your Azure instance resources.
    3. Enter a
      Virtual machine name
      for the Panorama virtual appliance.
    4. Select the
      Region
      for the Panorama virtual appliance to be deployed in.
    5. (
      Optional
      ) Select the
      Availability options
      . See How to use availability sets for more information.
    6. Select the
      Image
      used to deploy the Panorama management server.
      Browse all public and private images
      to deploy the Panorama management server from the Panorama image on the Azure marketplace.
    7. Configure the Panorama virtual appliance size. Review the Setup Prerequisites for the Panorama Virtual Appliance for sizing requirements.
      If you plan to use the Panorama virtual appliance as a Dedicated Log Collector, ensure that you configure the appliance with the required resources during initial deployment. The Panorama virtual appliance does not remain in Log Collector mode if you resize the virtual machine after you deploy it, and this results in a loss of log data.
    8. Enter a
      Username
      for the Panorama virtual appliance administrator. To ensure that your username is secure, admin is not a valid entry.
    9. Enter a
      Password
      or copy and paste an
      SSH public key
      for securing administrative access to the Panorama virtual appliance.
      You must enable SSH key authentication if you plan to use this instance of the Panorama virtual appliance in FIPS-CC operational mode. Although you can deploy the Panorama virtual appliance using a username and password, you will be unable to authenticate using the username and password after changing the operational mode to FIPS-CC. After resetting to FIPS-CC mode, you must use the SSH key to log in and can then configure a username and password that you can use for subsequently logging in to the Panorama web interface. For details on creating the SSH key, refer to the Azure documentation.
    10. Configure the Panorama virtual appliance instance
      Networking
      1. Select an existing
        Virtual network
        or create a new virtual network.
      2. Configure the
        Subnet
        . The subnet is dependent on the virtual network you selected or created in the previous step. If you selected an existing virtual network, you can choose one of the subnets for the selected virtual network.
      3. Select an existing
        Public IP address
        or create a new one. This creates the management interface used to access your Panorama virtual appliance.
      4. Select an existing
        NIC network security group
        or create a new security group. Network security groups control traffic to the virtual machine. Make sure that HTTPS and SSH are allowed for the Inbound rules.
    11. Configure the instance
      Management
      settings.
      1. Select whether to enable
        Auto-shutdown
        . Auto-shutdown allows you to configure a daily time to automatically shut down the virtual machine that you disable auto-shutdown to avoid the possibility that a new public IP address gets assigned to the virtual machine, that logs are dropped, that logs are not or that you are unable to manage your firewalls while the Panorama virtual appliance is shut down.
      2. Select whether to enable boot
        Monitoring
        . Select the Diagnostic storage account if enabled. Monitoring automatically sends boot-up diagnostic logs to your Diagnostics storage account. For more information, see Overview of Monitoring in Microsoft Azure.
      3. Configure any other settings as needed.
    12. Review the summary, accept the terms of use and privacy policy, and
      Create
      the Panorama virtual appliance.
  5. Verify that you the Panorama virtual appliance has been successfully deployed.
    1. Select
      Dashboard
      Resource Groups
      and select the resource group containing the Panorama virtual appliance.
    2. Under Settings, select
      Deployments
      for the virtual machine deployment status.
      It takes about 30 minutes to deploy the Panorama virtual appliance. Launching the Panorama virtual appliance may take longer depending on the resources configured for the virtual machine. Microsoft Azure does not permit the ICMP protocol to test whether it deployed successfully.
      If you plan to use the Panorama virtual appliance as a Dedicated Log Collector, ensure that you correctly configured the appliance the required resources. The Panorama virtual appliance does not remain in Log Collector mode if you resize the virtual machine after you deploy it and this results in a loss of log data.
  6. Configure a static Public IP address.
    1. On the Azure portal, select
      Virtual machines
      and select the Panorama virtual machine.
    2. Select
      Overview
      and click the
      Public IP address
      .
    3. Under Assignment, select
      Static
      and
      Save
      the new IP address configuration.
  7. Log in to the web interface of the Panorama virtual appliance.
    1. On the Azure portal, in
      All Resources
      , select the Panorama virtual appliance and view the public IP address located in the Overview section.
    2. Use a secure (https) connection from your web browser to log in to the Panorama virtual appliance using the public IP address.
    3. Enter the username and password of the Panorama virtual appliance. You are prompted with a certificate warning. Accept the certificate warning and continue to the web page.
  8. Register the Panorama virtual appliance and activate the device management license and support licenses.
    1. When leveraging VM Flex licensing, this step is required to generate the Panorama virtual appliance serial number needed to register the Panorama virtual appliance with the Palo Alto Networks Customer Support Portal (CSP).
    2. You must register the Panorama virtual appliance using the serial number provided by Palo Alto Networks in the order fulfillment email.
      This step is not required when leveraging VM Flex licensing as the serial number is automatically registered with the CSP when generated.
  9. Complete configuring the Panorama virtual appliance for your deployment needs.

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