Migrate from a Panorama Virtual Appliance to an M-Series Appliance

You can migrate the Panorama configuration from a Panorama virtual appliance to an M-Series appliance in Panorama mode. However, you cannot migrate the logs because the log format on the Panorama virtual appliance is incompatible with that on M-Series appliances. Therefore, if you want to maintain access to the old logs stored on the Panorama virtual appliance, you must continue running the Panorama virtual appliance after the migration. The M-Series appliance will collect the new logs that firewalls forward after the migration. After the pre-migration logs expire or become irrelevant due to aging, you can shut down the Panorama virtual appliance.
If you store firewall logs on Dedicated Log Collectors (M-Series appliances in Log Collector mode) instead of on the Panorama virtual appliance, you can maintain access to the logs by migrating the Dedicated Log Collectors to the M-Series appliance in Panorama mode.
  1. Plan the migration.
    • Upgrade the software on the Panorama virtual appliance before the migration if the M-Series appliance requires a later release of the current software (the M-500 appliance requires Panorama 7.0 or a later release). For important details about software versions, see Panorama, Log Collector, Firewall, and WildFire Version Compatibility.
    • Schedule a maintenance window for the migration. Although firewalls can buffer logs after the Panorama virtual appliance goes offline and then forward the logs after the M-Series appliance comes online, completing the migration during a maintenance window minimizes the risk that logs will exceed the buffer capacities and be lost during the transition between Panorama models.
    • Consider whether to maintain access to the Panorama virtual appliance after the migration to access existing logs. The most efficient approach is to assign a new IP address to the Panorama virtual appliance and reuse its old IP address for the M-Series appliance. This ensures that the Panorama virtual appliance remains accessible and that firewalls can point to the M-Series appliance without you reconfiguring the Panorama IP address on each firewall.
  2. Migrate your subscriptions to the new appliance.
    1. Purchase the new support license and migration license.
    2. Provide your sales representative the serial number of the Panorama virtual appliance you will phase out, the auth-code you received when you purchased the new M-Series appliance, and the effective date for the migration. On the effective date, Palo Alto Networks will automatically apply the auth-code to the serial number of the M-Series appliance, phase out support for the Panorama virtual appliance, and trigger support for the M-Series appliance. Consult your sales representative regarding how much time is available to complete the migration after the effective date. At the end of that period, Palo Alto Networks terminates the support entitlement on the Panorama virtual appliance, after which it can no longer receive software or content updates.
  3. Export the Panorama configuration from the Panorama virtual appliance.
    1. Log in to the Panorama virtual appliance and select PanoramaSetupOperations.
    2. Click Save named Panorama configuration snapshot, enter a Name to identify the configuration, and click OK.
    3. Click Export named Panorama configuration snapshot, select the Name of the configuration you just saved, and click OK. Panorama exports the configuration to your client system as an XML file.
  4. Power off the Panorama virtual appliance if you won’t need to access to it after the migration or assign a new IP address to its management (MGT) interface if you will need access to it.
    To power off the Panorama virtual appliance, see the documentationforyour VMware product.
    To change the IP address on the Panorama virtual appliance:
    1. Select PanoramaSetupManagement, and edit the Management Interface Settings.
    2. Enter the new IP Address and click OK.
    3. Select CommitCommit to Panorama and Commit your changes.
  5. Perform the initial setup of the M-Series appliance.
    1. Rack mount the M-Series appliance. Refer to the M-100 or M-500 Appliance Hardware Reference Guide for instructions.
    2. Perform Initial Configuration of the M-Series Appliance to define the network connections required to activate licenses and install updates.
    3. Register Panorama.
    4. Activate a Panorama Support License.
    5. Activate/Retrieve a Firewall Management License on the M-Series Appliance. Use the auth-code associated with the migration license.
    6. Install Content and Software Updates for Panorama. Install the same versions as those on the Panorama virtual appliance.
  6. Load the Panorama configuration snapshot that you exported from the Panorama virtual appliance into the M-Series appliance.
    1. On the M-Series appliance, select PanoramaSetupOperations.
    2. Click Import named Panorama configuration snapshot, Browse to the Panorama configuration file you exported from the Panorama virtual appliance, and click OK.
    3. Click Load named Panorama configuration snapshot, select the Name of the configuration you just imported, select a Decryption Key (the master key for Panorama), and click OK. Panorama overwrites its current candidate configuration with the loaded configuration. Panorama displays any errors that occur when loading the configuration file.
    4. If errors occurred, save them to a local file. Resolve each error to ensure the migrated configuration is valid.
  7. Modify the configuration on the M-Series appliance.
    Required if the M-Series appliance will use different values than the Panorama virtual appliance. If you will maintain access to the Panorama virtual appliance to access its logs, use a different hostname and IP address for the M-Series appliance.
    1. Select PanoramaSetupManagement.
    2. Edit the General Settings, modify the Hostname, and click OK.
    3. Edit the Management Interface Settings, modify the values as necessary, and click OK.
  8. Add the default managed collector and Collector Group back to the M-Series appliance.
    Loading the configuration from the Panorama virtual appliance (Step Load the Panorama configuration snapshot that you exported from the Panorama virtual appliance into the M-Series appliance.) removes the default managed collector and Collector Group that are predefined on each M-Series appliance.
    1. Configure a Managed Collector that is local to the M-Series appliance.
    2. Configure a Collector Group for the default managed collector.
    3. Select CommitCommit to Panorama and Commit your changes to the Panorama configuration.
  9. Synchronize the M-Series appliance with the firewalls to resume firewall management.
    Complete this step during a maintenance window to minimize network disruption.
    1. On the M-Series appliance, select PanoramaManaged Devices and verify that the Device State column displays Connected for the firewalls.
      At this point, the Shared Policy (device groups) and Template columns display Out of sync for the firewalls.
    2. Push your changes to device groups and templates:
      1. Select CommitPush to Devices and Edit Selections.
      2. Select Device Groups, select every device group, Include Device and Network Templates, and click OK.
      3. Push your changes.
    3. In the PanoramaManaged Devices page, verify that the Shared Policy and Template columns display In sync for the firewalls.

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