Setup Prerequisites for the Panorama Virtual Appliance
Complete the following tasks before you Install the Panorama Virtual Appliance:
- If you will install Panorama on a VMware ESXi server, verify that the server meets the minimum requirements as listed in System Requirements for Panorama Virtual Appliance on an ESXi Server. These requirements apply to Panorama 5.1 and later releases. The requirements vary based on whether you will run the virtual appliance in Panorama mode or Legacy mode. For details on the modes, see Panorama Models.If you install Panorama on VMware vCloud Air, you set the system settings during installation.
Panorama Virtual Appliance in Panorama Mode
Panorama Virtual Appliance in Legacy Mode
Virtual hardware version
64-bit kernel-based VMware ESXi 5.1, 5.5, 6.0 or 6.5. The supported version of the virtual hardware family type (also known as the VMware virtual hardware version) on the ESXi server is vmx-09.
In Panorama mode, the virtual appliance running on any ESXi version supports up to 12 virtual logging disks with 2TB of log storage each, for a total maximum capacity of 24TB.
In Legacy mode, the virtual appliance supports one virtual logging disk. ESXi 5.5 and later versions supports one disk of up to 8TB. Earlier ESXi versions support one disk of up to 2TB.
To install the Panorama virtual appliance and manage its resources, you must install a VMware vSphere Client or VMware Infrastructure Client that is compatible with your ESXi server.
For log storage, Panorama uses virtual logging disks instead of the system disk or an NFS datastore.
Panorama allocates approximately 11GB on the system disk for log storage. However, you can mount an NFS datastore or add a virtual logging disk to Expand Log Storage Capacity on the Panorama Virtual Appliance.
CPUs and memory
Set the memory and the number of CPUs based on the log storage capacity of Panorama:
Set the memory and the number of CPUs based on the number of firewalls that Panorama will manage:
Log storage capacity
If you are using the Logging Service, you do not need to allocate a logging disk. All you need is the system disk for Panorama.
2TB to 24TB
11GB (default log storage on the system disk) to 8TB (if you add a virtual logging disk)