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.
  1. Download the Panorama 9.0 base image Open Virtual Appliance (OVA) file.
    1. Go to the Palo Alto Networks software downloads site. (If you can’t log in, go to the Palo Alto Networks Customer Support web site for assistance.)
    2. In the Download column in the Panorama Base Images section, download the latest version of the Panorama release OVA file (Panorama-ESX-9.0.0.ova).
  2. Install Panorama.
    1. Launch the VMware vSphere Client and connect to the VMware server.
    2. Select FileDeploy OVF Template.
    3. Browse to select the Panorama OVA file and click Next.
    4. Confirm that the product name and description match the downloaded version, and click Next.
    5. Enter a descriptive name for the Panorama virtual appliance, and click Next.
    6. 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, click Next.
    7. Select Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed as the disk format, and click Next.
    8. Specify which networks in the inventory to use for the Panorama virtual appliance, and click Next.
    9. Confirm the selected options, click Finish to start the installation process, and click Close when it finishes. Do not power on the Panorama virtual appliance yet.
  3. Configure resources on the Panorama virtual appliance.
    1. Right-click the Panorama virtual appliance and Edit Settings.
    2. In the Hardware settings, allocate the CPUs and memory as necessary.
      The virtual appliance boots up in Panorama mode if you allocate sufficient CPUs and Memory and 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.
    3. Set the SCSI Controller to LSI Logic Parallel.
    4. 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.
      1. Add a disk, select Hard Disk as the hardware type, and click Next.
      2. Create a new virtual disk and click Next.
      3. Set the Disk Size to exactly 2TB if the virtual appliance is in Panorama mode or up to 8TB if the appliance is in Legacy mode.
        In Panorama mode, you can later add more logging disks (for a total of 12) with 2TB of storage each.
      4. Select the Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed disk format.
      5. Select Specify a datastore or datastore structure as the location, Browse to a datastore that has sufficient storage, click OK, and click Next.
      6. Select a SCSI Virtual Device Node (you can use the default selection) and click Next.
        Panorama will fail to boot if you select a format other than SCSI.
      7. Verify that the settings are correct and click Finish.
    5. Click OK to save your changes.
  4. Power on the Panorama virtual appliance.
    1. In the vSphere Client, right-click the Panorama virtual appliance and select PowerPower On. Wait for Panorama to boot up before continuing.
    2. Verify that the virtual appliance is running in the correct mode:
      1. Right-click the Panorama virtual appliance and select Open Console.
      2. Enter your username and password to log in (default is admin for both).
      3. Display the mode by running the following command:
        > show system info
        In the output, the system-mode indicates either panorama or legacy mode.

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