Migrate from an M-Series Appliance to a Panorama Virtual
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.
- 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.
- Purchase management and support licenses for the new Panorama virtual appliance.
- Get the auth-code for the Panorama virtual appliance and the support license.
- Provide your sales representative the serial number of the M-Series appliance you to plan phase out, the serial number and support auth code you received when you purchased the new Panorama Virtual appliance, and the date when you expect your migration from the old device to the new virtual appliance to be completed. Before the migration date, register the serial number and activate support auth code on the new virtual appliance so that you can begin your migration. The capacity auth code on the old M-Series appliance is automatically removed on the expected migration completion date you provided.
- Export the configuration from the M-Series appliance.
- Log in to the M-Series appliance and select.PanoramaSetupOperations
- ClickSave named Panorama configuration snapshot, enter aNameto identify the configuration, and clickOK.
- ClickExport named Panorama configuration snapshot, select theNameof the configuration you just saved, and clickOK. Panorama exports the configuration to your client system as an XML file. Save the configuration to a location external to the Panorama appliance.
- 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:
- Log in to the Panorama web interface.
- Select, and under Device Operations,PanoramaSetupOperationsShutdown Panorama. ClickYesto confirm the shutdown.
- To change the IP address on the M-Series appliance:
- Log in to the Panorama web interface.
- Select, and edit the Management Interface Settings.PanoramaSetupManagement
- Enter the newIP Addressand clickOK.
- SelectandCommitCommit to PanoramaCommityour changes.
- 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.
- Perform Initial Configuration of the Panorama Virtual Appliance to define the network connections required to activate licenses and install updates.
- Install Content and Software Updates for Panorama. Install the same versions as those on the M-Series appliance.
- Load the Panorama configuration snapshot that you exported from the M-Series appliance into the Panorama virtual appliance.
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.
- Log in to the Panorama web interface of the Panorama virtual appliance, and select.PanoramaSetupOperations
- ClickImport named Panorama configuration snapshot,Browseto the Panorama configuration file you exported from the M-Series appliance, and clickOK.
- ClickLoad named Panorama configuration snapshot, select theNameof the configuration you just imported, select aDecryption Key(the master key for Panorama), and clickOK. Panorama overwrites its current candidate configuration with the loaded configuration. Panorama displays any errors that occur when loading the configuration file.
- Modify the configuration on the Panorama virtual appliance.Required if the Panorama virtual appliance will use different values than the M-Series appliance.
- Edit the General Settings, modify theHostname, and clickOK.
- Edit the Management Interface Settings, modify the values as necessary, and clickOK.
- 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 6) removes the default managed collector and Collector Group that are predefined on each M-Series appliance.
- Synchronize the Panorama virtual appliance with the firewalls to resume firewall management.Complete this step during a maintenance window to minimize network disruption.
- On the Panorama virtual appliance, selectand verify that the Device State column displaysPanoramaManaged DevicesConnectedfor the firewalls.At this point, the Shared Policy (device groups) and Template columns displayOut of syncfor the firewalls.
- Push your changes to device groups and templates:
- SelectandCommitPush to DevicesEdit Selections.
- SelectDevice Groups, select every device group,Include Device and Network Templates, and clickOK.
- Pushyour changes.
- In thepage, verify that the Shared Policy and Template columns displayPanoramaManaged DevicesIn syncfor the firewalls.
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