Migrate a Firewall HA Pair to Panorama Management

Procedure for migrating a firewall HA pair, active/active or active/passive, to Panorama management in Panorama 9.0.
If you have a pair of firewalls in an HA configuration that you want to manage using Panorama, you have the option to import the configuration local to your firewall HA pair to Panorama without needing to recreate any configurations or policies. You first import the firewall configurations to Panorama, which are used to create a new device group and template. You will perform a special configuration push of the device group and template to the firewalls to overwrite the local firewall configurations and synchronize the firewalls with Panorama.
  1. Plan the migration.
  2. Disable configuration synchronization between the HA peers.
    Repeat these steps for both firewalls in the HA pair.
    1. Log in to the web interface on each firewall, select DeviceHigh AvailabilityGeneral and edit the Setup section.
    2. Clear Enable Config Sync and click OK.
    3. Commit the configuration changes on each firewall.
  3. Connect each firewall to Panorama.
    If Panorama is already receiving logs from these firewalls, you do not need to perform this step. Continue to Step 5.
    Repeat these steps for both firewalls in the HA pair.
    1. Log in to the web interface on each firewall, select DeviceSetupManagement and edit the Panorama Settings.
    2. In the Panorama Servers fields, enter the IP addresses of the Panorama management servers, confirm Panorama Policy and Objects and Device and Network Template are enabled and select OK.
    3. Commit the configuration changes on each firewall.
  4. Add each firewall as a managed device.
    If Panorama is already receiving logs from these firewalls, you do not need to perform this step. Continue to Step 5.
    1. Log in to the Panorama Web Interface, select PanoramaManaged Devices and click Add.
    2. Enter the serial number of each firewall and click OK.
    3. Select CommitCommit to Panorama and Commit your changes.
    4. Verify that the Device State for each firewall is Connected.
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  5. Import each firewall configuration into Panorama.
    If you later decide to re-import a firewall configuration, first remove the firewall device groups and template to which it is a member. If the device group and template names are the same as the firewall hostname, then you can delete the device group and template before re-importing the firewall configuration or use the Device Group Name Prefix fields to enter a new name for the device group and template created by the re-import. Additionally, firewalls don’t lose logs when you remove them from device groups or templates.
    1. From Panorama, select PanoramaSetupOperations, click Import device configuration to Panorama, and select the Device.
      Panorama can’t import a configuration from a firewall that is assigned to an existing device group or template stack.
    2. (Optional) Edit the Template Name. The default value is the firewall name. You can’t use the name of an existing template or template stack.
    3. (Optional) Edit the Device Group names. For a multi-vsys firewall, each device group has a vsys name by default, so add a character string as a Device Group Name Prefix for each. Otherwise, the default value is the firewall name. You can’t use the names of existing device groups.
      The Imported devices’ shared objects into Panorama’s shared context check box is selected by default, which means Panorama compares imports objects that belong to the Shared location in the firewall to Shared in Panorama. If an imported object is not in the Shared context of the firewall, it is applied to each device group being imported. If you clear the check box, Panorama copies will not compare imported objects, and apply all shared firewall objects into device groups being imported instead of Shared. This could create duplicate objects, so selecting the check box is a best practice in most cases. To understand the consequences of importing shared or duplicate objects into Panorama, see Plan how to manage shared settings.
    4. Commit to Panorama.
    5. Select PanoramaSetupOperations and Export or push device config bundle. Select the Device, select OK and Push & Commit the configuration.
      The Enable Config Sync setting in Step 2 must be cleared on both firewalls before you push the device group and template stack.
    6. Launch the Web Interface of firewall HA peer and ensure that the configuration has been successfully committed. If not, Commit the changes locally on the firewall.
    7. On the Panorama web interface, select PanoramaManaged DevicesSummary, and verify that the device group and template stack are in sync for the passive firewall. Verify policy rules, objects and network settings on the passive firewall match the active firewall. On the firewall web interface, verify that configuration objects display a green cog ( icon_template_variable.png ), signifying that the configuration object is pushed from Panorama.
    8. Commit to Panorama.
    9. Repeat Step 1-8 above on the second firewall. The process will create a device group and template stack for the firewall.
    10. Select CommitCommit to Panorama and Commit your changes.
  6. Add the HA firewall pair into the same device group and template stack.
    Skip this step if the HA firewall pair are in an active/active configuration.
    Do not combine the HA firewall pair in to a single template if a unique Hostname, management IP address, or HA configuration is configured for each HA peer. You may also configure a unique Hostname, management IP address, or HA configuration locally on the firewalls.
    1. Select PanoramaDevice Group, select the device group of the second firewall and Delete it.
    2. Select the device group for the first firewall, select the second firewall, click OK and Commit to Panorama to add it to the same device group as the HA peer.
    3. Select PanoramaTemplates, select the template stack for the second firewall and Delete it.
    4. Select the template stack for the first firewall, add the second firewall, select OK and Commit to Panorama to add it to the same template stack as the HA peer.
    5. If you add the HA peers to the same template stack, Configure a Template or Template Stack Variable to preserve the firewall-specific HA configurations.
      If you do not want to manage the firewall HA configuration from Panorama, delete the firewall HA configuration from the template or template stack, Launch the Web Interface of each firewall HA peer and configure the HA IP address locally.
    6. Select Commit and Commit and Push the configuration changes.
    7. Select PanoramaManaged DevicesSummary, and verify that the device group and template are in sync for the passive firewall. Verify policy rules, objects and network settings on the passive firewall match the active firewall.
  7. Enable configuration synchronization between the HA peers.
    Repeat these steps for both firewalls in the HA pair if you plan on maintaining a local configuration that needs to be synchronized.
    1. Log in to the web interface on each firewall, select DeviceHigh AvailabilityGeneral and edit the Setup section.
    2. Select Enable Config Sync and click OK.
    3. Commit the configuration changes on each firewall.

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