Install Panorama on an ESXi Server
Use these instructions to install a new Panorama virtual appliance on a VMware ESXi server. For upgrades to an existing Panorama virtual appliance, skip to Install Content and Software Updates for Panorama.
- Download the Panorama 8.1 base image Open Virtual Appliance (OVA) file.
- Install Panorama.
- Launch the VMware vSphere Client and connect to the VMware server.
- Select.FileDeploy OVF Template
- Browseto select the Panorama OVA file and clickNext.
- Confirm that the product name and description match the downloaded version, and clickNext.
- Enter a descriptive name for the Panorama virtual appliance, and clickNext.
- Select a datastore location (system disk) on which to install the Panorama image. The system disk must have exactly 81GB storage for the virtual appliance in Panorama mode and 52GB for the virtual appliance in Legacy mode. After selecting the datastore, clickNext.
- SelectThick Provision Lazy Zeroedas the disk format, and clickNext.
- Specify which networks in the inventory to use for the Panorama virtual appliance, and clickNext.
- Confirm the selected options, clickFinishto start the installation process, and clickClosewhen it finishes. Do not power on the Panorama virtual appliance yet.
- Configure resources on the Panorama virtual appliance.
- Right-click the Panorama virtual appliance andEdit Settings.
- In theHardwaresettings, allocate the CPUs and memory as necessary.The virtual appliance boots up in Panorama mode if you allocate sufficientCPUsandMemoryand add a virtual logging disk (later in this procedure). Otherwise, the appliance boots up in Legacy mode. For details on the modes, see Panorama Models.
- Set theSCSI ControllertoLSI Logic Parallel.
- (Optional) Add a virtual logging disk.In Panorama mode, this step is required because the virtual appliance can store logs only on a dedicated logging disk.In Legacy mode, the appliance uses approximately 11GB on the system disk for logging by default, so adding a dedicated logging disk to increase storage capacity is optional.
- Adda disk, selectHard Diskas the hardware type, and clickNext.
- Create a new virtual diskand clickNext.
- Set theDisk Sizeto exactly 2TB.
- Select your preferredDisk Provisioningdisk format.Consider your business needs when selecting the disk provisioning format. For more information regarding the disk provisioning performance considerations, refer to the VMware Thick vs Thin Disks and All Flash Arrays document, or additional VMware documentation.When adding multiple logging disks, it is a best practice to select the sameDisk Provisioningformat for all disks to avoid any unexpected performance issues that may arise.
- SelectSpecify a datastore or datastore structureas the location,Browseto a datastore that has sufficient storage, clickOK, and clickNext.
- Select a SCSIVirtual Device Node(you can use the default selection) and clickNext.Panorama will fail to boot if you select a format other than SCSI.
- Verify that the settings are correct and clickFinish.
- ClickOKto save your changes.
- Power on the Panorama virtual appliance.
- In the vSphere Client, right-click the Panorama virtual appliance and select. Wait for Panorama to boot up before continuing.PowerPower On
- Verify that the virtual appliance is running in the correct mode:
- Right-click the Panorama virtual appliance and selectOpen Console.
- Enter your username and password to log in (default isadminfor both).
- Display the mode by running the following command:>show system infoIn the output, thesystem-modeindicates eitherpanoramaorlegacymode.
- Complete configuring the Panorama virtual appliance for your deployment needs.
- For Panorama in Log Collector Mode.
- Adding at least one virtual logging disk is required before you can change the Panorama virtual appliance to Log Collector mode.
- Begin at Step 6 to switch to Log Collector mode.Enter the Public IP address of the Dedicated Log Collector when you add the Log Collector as a managed collector to the Panorama management server. You cannot specify theIP Address,Netmask, orGateway.
- For Panorama in Panorama mode.
- Adding at least one virtual logging disk is required before you can change the Panorama virtual appliance to Panorama mode.
- For Panorama in Management Only mode.
- Configure a Managed Collector to add a Dedicated Log Collector to the Panorama virtual appliance.Management Only mode does not support local log collection, and requires a Dedicated Log Collector to store managed device logs.
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