Install Panorama on Azure

How to deploy a Panorama™ virtual appliance and a virtual Dedicated Log Collector on Microsoft Azure.
You can now deploy Panorama™ and a Dedicated Log Collector on Microsoft Azure. Panorama deployed on Azure is Bring Your Own License (BYOL), supports all deployment modes (Panorama, Log Collector, and Management Only), and shares the same processes and functionality as the M-Series hardware appliances. For more information on Panorama modes, see Panorama Models.
  1. Log into to the Microsoft Azure portal.
  2. Deploy the Panorama virtual appliance.
    1. In the Azure Dashboard, select
      Virtual machines
      and
      Add
      a new virtual machine.
    2. Search for Palo Alto Networks and select the appropriate Panorama 8.1 virtual machine image.
    3. Create
      the Panorama virtual appliance.
  3. Configure the Panorama virtual appliance.
    1. Enter a
      Name
      for the Panorama virtual appliance.
    2. Select your preferred
      VM disk type
      . If speed is a concern, select SSD to decrease the boot-up time of the Panorama virtual appliance. If the Panorama virtual appliance is used as a Dedicated Log Collector, select HDD, instead (as SSD is more expensive and provides no real benefit over HDD when storing logs).
    3. Enter a
      Username
      for the Panorama virtual appliance administrator. To ensure that your username is secure, admin is not a valid entry.
    4. Enter a
      Password
      or copy and paste an
      SSH public key
      for securing administrative access to the Panorama virtual appliance.
    5. Select your Azure
      Subscription
      .
    6. Use existing
      resource group to select an existing resource group for holding all the resources associated with the Panorama virtual appliance for this deployment, or
      Create new
      group and specify a name for the new resource group.
    7. Select the Azure
      Location
      . This is the region in which you are deploying the Panorama virtual appliance.
    8. Configure the Panorama virtual appliance size. Review the Setup Prerequisites for the Panorama Virtual Appliance for sizing requirements.
      If you plan to use the Panorama virtual appliance as a Dedicated Log Collector, ensure that you configure the appliance with the required resources during initial deployment. The Panorama virtual appliance does not remain in Log Collector mode if you resize the virtual machine after you deploy it, and this results in a loss of log data.
    9. Configure the
      Availability set
      . See How to use availability sets for more information.
    10. Select a storage
      Disk type
      .
    11. Select whether to
      Use managed disks
      . Managed disks is a service offered by Azure to manage your storage accounts for you. See Managed Disks Overview for more information.
    12. Select an existing virtual network or create a new virtual network.
    13. Configure the
      Subnet
      . The subnet is dependent on the virtual network you selected or created in the previous step. If you selected an existing virtual network, you can choose one of the subnets for the selected virtual network.
    14. Select an existing
      Public IP address
      or create a new one. This creates the management interface used to access your Panorama virtual appliance.
      Only the management interface is currently supported for log collection and device management.
    15. Select an existing
      Network security group
      or create a new security group. Network security groups control traffic to the virtual machine. Make sure that HTTPS and SSH are allowed for the Inbound rules.
    16. Select whether to enable
      Auto-shutdown
      . Auto-shutdown allows you to configure a daily time to automatically shut down the virtual machinethat you disable auto-shutdown to avoid the possibility that a new public IP address gets assigned to the virtual machine, that logs are dropped, that logs are not or that you are unable to manage your firewalls while the Panorama virtual appliance is shut down.
    17. Select whether to enable boot
      Monitoring
      . Select the Diagnostic storage account if enabled. Monitoring automatically sends boot-up diagnostic logs to your Diagnostics storage account. For more information, see Overview of Monitoring in Microsoft Azure.
    18. Review the summary, accept the terms of use and privacy policy, and
      Create
      the Panorama virtual appliance.
  4. Verify that you the Panorama virtual appliance has been successfully deployed.
    1. Select
      Dashboard
      Resource Groups
      and select the resource group containing the Panorama virtual appliance.
    2. Under Settings, select
      Deployments
      for the virtual machine deployment status.
      It takes about 30 minutes to deploy the Panorama virtual appliance. Launching the Panorama virtual appliance may take longer depending on the resources configured for the virtual machine. Microsoft Azure does not permit the ICMP protocol to test whether it deployed successfully.
      If you plan to use the Panorama virtual appliance as a Dedicated Log Collector, ensure that you correctly configured the appliance the required resources. The Panorama virtual appliance does not remain in Log Collector mode if you resize the virtual machine after you deploy it and this results in a loss of log data.
  5. Configure a static Public IP address.
    1. On the Azure portal, select
      Virtual machines
      and select the Panorama virtual machine.
    2. Select
      Overview
      and click the
      Public IP address
      .
    3. Under Assignment, select
      Static
      and
      Save
      the new IP address configuration.
  6. Log in to the web interface of the Panorama virtual appliance.
    1. On the Azure portal, in
      All Resources
      , select the Panorama virtual appliance and view the public IP address located in the Overview section.
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    2. Use a secure (https) connection from your web browser to log in to the Panorama virtual appliance using the public IP address.
    3. Enter the username and password of the Panorama virtual appliance. You are prompted with a certificate warning. Accept the certificate warning and continue to the web page.
  7. Complete configuring the Panorama virtual appliance for your deployment needs.
    1. Add a Virtual Disk to Panorama on Azure. By default, the 81GB system disk is automatically created during the initial deployment.
      Adding a virtual logging disk is required before you can change the Panorama virtual appliance to Panorama mode or Log Collector mode.
      By default, the Panorama virtual appliance on Azure is in Management Only mode on initial deployment. If you intend to use the Panorama virtual appliance in Panorama mode or as a Dedicated Log Collector, add the virtual logging disks after successfully deploying Panorama on Azure.
      The Panorama virtual appliance on Azure only supports 2TB logging disks, and in total supports up to 24TB of log storage. You are unable to add a logging disk smaller than 2TB, or a logging disk with a size not divisible by the 2TB logging disk requirement. The Panorama virtual appliance partitions logging disks larger than 2TB into 2TB partitions.
    2. Change the Panorama virtual appliance mode.
      By default, the Panorama virtual appliance on Azure is deployed in Management Only mode. To change to Panorama mode or Log Collector mode, you must add at least one logging disk after the initial deployment. Keep the Panorama virtual appliance set to Management Only mode if you just want to manage devices and Dedicated Log Collectors and you do not want to collect logs locally.
    3. (
      Panorama and 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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