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

Procedure to migrate from an M-Series appliance to a Panorama virtual appliance on Panorama 8.0
You can migrate the Panorama configuration from an M-100 or M-500 appliance to a Panorama virtual appliance in Panorama mode. However, you cannot migrate the logs because the log format on the M-Series appliances is incompatible with that on the Panorama virtual appliances. Therefore, if you want to maintain access to the old logs stored on the M-Series appliance, you must continue running the M-Series appliance as a Dedicated Log Collector after the migration and add it to the Panorama virtual appliance as a managed collector. The M-Series appliance will continue to collect the new logs that firewalls forward after the migration.
  1. Plan the migration.
    • Determine the required software version of the Panorama virtual appliance. Upgrade the software on the M-Series appliance before the migration if the Panorama virtual appliance requires a more recent Panorama release (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 M-Series appliance goes offline and then forward the logs after the Panorama virtual 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.
  2. Purchase management and support licenses for the new Panorama virtual appliance.
    1. Get the auth-code for the Panorama virtual appliance and the support license.
    2. Provide your sales representative the serial number of the M-Series appliance you will phase out, the auth-code you received when you purchased the new Panorama Virtual appliance, and the effective date for the migration. On the effective date, Palo Alto Networks will automatically apply the existing auth-code to the serial number of the Panorama virtual appliance, apply the new management license to the M-Series 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.
  3. Export the configuration from the M-Series appliance.
    1. Log in to the M-Series appliance and select
      Panorama
      Setup
      Operations
      .
    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. Save the configuration to a location external to the Panorama appliance.
  4. Power off the M-Series appliance if you won’t need to access 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 M-Series appliance:
    1. Log in to the Panorama web interface.
    2. Select
      Panorama
      Setup
      Operations
      , and under Device Operations,
      Shutdown Panorama
      . Click
      Yes
      to confirm the shutdown.
    • To change the IP address on the M-Series appliance:
    1. Log in to the Panorama web interface.
    2. Select
      Panorama
      Setup
      Management
      , and edit the Management Interface Settings.
    3. Enter the new
      IP Address
      and click
      OK
      .
    4. Select
      Commit
      Commit to Panorama
      and
      Commit
      your changes.
  5. Perform the initial setup of the Panorama virtual appliance.
    To manage your firewalls and resume log forwarding, you will need to assign the MGT interface of the Panorama virtual appliance the same IP address as the original MGT interface of the M-Series appliance during the initial configuration of the Panorama virtual appliance.
  6. Load the Panorama configuration snapshot that you exported from the M-Series appliance into the Panorama virtual appliance.
    1. Log in to the Panorama web interface of the Panorama virtual appliance, and select
      Panorama
      Setup
      Operations
      .
    2. Click
      Import named Panorama configuration snapshot
      ,
      Browse
      to the Panorama configuration file you exported from the M-Series 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.
    If errors occurred, save them to a local file. Resolve each error to ensure the migrated configuration is valid. The configuration has been loaded once the commit is successful.
  7. Modify the configuration on the Panorama virtual appliance.
    Required if the Panorama virtual appliance will use different values than the M-Series appliance.
    1. Select
      Panorama
      Setup
      Management
      .
    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. Set up the M-Series appliance as a Dedicated Log Collector and add it as a managed collector on the Panorama virtual appliance.
    Loading the configuration from the M-Series appliance (Step Load the Panorama configuration snapshot that you exported from the M-Series appliance into the Panorama virtual appliance.) removes the default managed collector and Collector Group that are predefined on each M-Series appliance.
    1. Power on the M-Series appliance.
    2. Configure a Managed Collector on the Panorama virtual appliance.
    3. Configure a Collector Group on the Panorama virtual appliance for the default managed collector.
    4. Select
      Commit
      Commit to Panorama
      and
      Commit
      your changes to the Panorama configuration.
  9. Synchronize the Panorama virtual appliance with the firewalls to resume firewall management.
    Complete this step during a maintenance window to minimize network disruption.
    1. On the Panorama virtual appliance, select
      Panorama
      Managed 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
        Commit
        Push 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
      Panorama
      Managed Devices
      page, verify that the Shared Policy and Template columns display
      In sync
      for the firewalls.

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