Mount the Panorama ESXi Server to an NFS Datastore

When the Panorama virtual appliance in Legacy mode runs on an ESXi server, mounting to a Network File System (NFS) datastore enables logging to a centralized location and expanding the log storage capacity beyond what a virtual disk supports. (ESXi 5.5 and later versions can support a virtual disk of up to 8TB. Earlier ESXi versions support a virtual disk of up to 2TB.) Before setting up an NFS datastore in a Panorama high availability (HA) configuration, see Logging Considerations in Panorama HA.
The Panorama virtual appliance in Panorama mode does not support NFS.
  1. Select
    Panorama
    Setup
    Operations
    and, in the Miscellaneous section, click
    Storage Partition Setup
    .
  2. Set the
    Storage Partition
    type to
    NFS V3
    .
  3. Enter the IP address of the NFS
    Server
    .
  4. Enter the
    Log Directory
    path for storing the log files. For example, export/panorama.
  5. For the
    Protocol
    , select
    TCP
    or
    UDP
    , and enter the
    Port
    for accessing the NFS server.
    To use NFS over TCP, the NFS server must support it. Common NFS ports are UDP/TCP 111 for RPC and UDP/TCP 2049 for NFS.
  6. For optimal NFS performance, in the
    Read Size
    and
    Write Size
    fields, specify the maximum size of the chunks of data that the client and server pass back and forth to each other. Defining a read/write size optimizes the data volume and speed in transferring data between Panorama and the NFS datastore.
  7. (
    Optional
    ) Select
    Copy On Setup
    to copy the existing logs stored on Panorama to the NFS volume. If Panorama has a lot of logs, this option might initiate the transfer of a large volume of data.
  8. Click
    Test Logging Partition
    to verify that Panorama can access the NFS
    Server
    and
    Log Directory
    .
  9. Click
    OK
    to save your changes.
  10. Select
    Commit
    Commit to Panorama
    and
    Commit
    your changes. Until you reboot, the Panorama virtual appliance writes logs to the local storage disk.
  11. Select
    Panorama
    Setup
    Operations
    and select
    Reboot Panorama
    in the Device Operations section. After rebooting, Panorama starts writing logs to the NFS datastore.

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