Manage the Master Key from Panorama

Deploy new, or renew expiring master keys, to firewalls, log collectors, and WF-500 appliances from the Panorama™ management server.
Panorama, firewalls, Log Collectors, and WF-500 appliances use a master key to encrypt sensitive elements in the configuration and they have a default master key they use to encrypt passwords and configuration elements.
As part of a standard security practice, you should replace the default master key and change the key on each individual firewall, Log Collector, WildFire appliance, and Panorama before it expires. You must deploy the same master key to all of your managed devices and you must configure the master key on Panorama to successfully push the configuration from Panorama to your managed devices. To ensure a uniform key deployment, deploy a new master key or renew an expiring master key on multiple firewalls, Log Collectors, and WF-500 appliances directly from Panorama. See Configure the Master Key for more information on configuring a master key.
  1. Log in to the Panorama Web Interface.
  2. (Best Practice) Select Commit and Commit and Push any pending configuration changes.
    Panorama must re-encrypt data using the new master key. To ensure all configuration elements are encrypted with the new master key, you should commit all pending changes before deploying the new master key.
  3. Configure the firewall, Log Collector, and WildFire appliance master key to automatically renew with the same master key after the lifetime of the key expires.
    Automatically renewing the master key allows you to keep your configuration encrypted in the event the key expires before a maintenance window but this is not a replacement for deploying a new master key after the key lifetime expires. Consider the number of days until your next available maintenance window when configuring the master key to automatically renew when the lifetime of the key expires.
    1. Select DeviceMaster Key and Diagnostics and edit the Master Key setting.
    2. Configure Panorama to Auto Renew with Same Master Key for a specified number of days or hours.
  4. Deploy the master key to managed firewalls.
    1. Select PanoramaManaged DevicesSummary and Deploy Master Key.
    2. Select all devices and Change the master key.
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    3. Configure the master key:
      1. If renewing a master key, enter the Current Master Key. If you are replacing the default master key with a new master key, do not specify a Current Master Key.
      2. Specify the New Master Key and Confirm Master Key.
      3. Configure the master key Lifetime and Time for Reminder.
      4. Click OK.
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    4. Verify that the master key was deployed successfully to all selected devices.
      A System log generates when you deploy a new master key from Panorama.
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  5. Deploy the master key to Log Collectors. The master key must be identical to the key deployed in Step 3.
    1. Select PanoramaManaged Collectors and Deploy Master Key.
    2. Select all devices and Change the master key.
    3. Configure the master key:
      1. If renewing a master key, enter the Current Master Key. If you are replacing the default master key with a new master key, do not specify a Current Master Key.
      2. Specify the New Master Key and Confirm Master Key.
      3. Configure the master key Lifetime and Time for Reminder.
      4. Click OK.
    4. Verify that the master key was deployed successfully to all selected devices.
      A System log generates when you deploy a new master key from Panorama.
  6. Deploy the master key to managed WildFire appliances. The master key must be identical to the key deployed in Step 3.
    1. Select PanoramaManaged WildFire Appliances and Deploy Master Key.
    2. Select all devices and Change the master key.
    3. Configure the master key:
      1. If renewing a master key, enter the Current Master Key. If you are replacing the default master key with a new master key, do not specify a Current Master Key.
      2. Specify the New Master Key and Confirm Master Key.
      3. Configure the master key Lifetime and Time for Reminder.
      4. Click OK.
    4. Verify that the master key was deployed successfully to all selected devices.
      A System log generates when you deploy a new master key from Panorama.
  7. Configure the master key on Panorama. The master key must be identical to the key deployed to firewalls, Log Collectors, and WildFire appliances in Steps 3 through 5.
    1. Select PanoramaMaster Key and Diagnostics and configure the master key.
      1. If renewing a master key, enter the Current Master Key. If you are replacing the default master key with a new master key, o not specify a Current Master Key.
      2. Configure the New Master Key and Confirm Master Key.
      3. Configure the master key Lifetime and Time for Reminder.
      4. Click OK.
    2. Select CommitCommit to Panorama and Commit your changes.

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