Convert Your Evaluation Panorama to a Production Panorama with Local Log Collector

Migrate your Panorama™ virtual appliance with a local Log Collector to convert your evaluation Panorama to a production Panorama.
If you have an evaluation Panorama™ virtual appliance in Panorama mode configured with a local Log Collector, you can convert it to a production Panorama by migrating the configuration from the evaluation Panorama to the production Panorama and modifying as needed.
Logs ingested by the Log Collector on a Panorama virtual appliance cannot be migrated.
If you need to maintain access to the logs stored on your evaluation Panorama virtual appliance, after you migrate the evaluation Panorama configuration to the production Panorama, keep your evaluation Panorama powered on to access the logs locally for the remainder of the evaluation license lifetime. Adding the evaluation Panorama to the production Panorama as a managed collector is not supported.
  1. Plan the migration.
  2. Set up your production Panorama virtual appliance.
    1. Register the Panorama virtual appliance with the Palo Alto Networks Customer Support Portal (CSP).
      The Panorama serial number and authorization code are found in the Order Summary email from Palo Alto Networks.
  3. Activate the device management license on the Palo Alto Networks CSP for the production Panorama virtual appliance.
    1. Log in to the Palo Alto Networks CSP.
    2. Select
      Assets
      Devices
      and locate your Panorama virtual appliance.
    3. In the
      Action
      column, click the pencil icon to edit the device licenses.
    4. Select
      Activate Auth-Code
      and enter the
      Authorization Code
      .
    5. Select
      Agree and Submit
      to activate the device management license.
  4. Export the Panorama configuration from the evaluation Panorama virtual appliance.
    1. Select
      Panorama
      Setup
      Operations
      .
    2. Click
      Export named Panorama configuration snapshot
      , select
      running-config.xml
      and click
      OK
      . Panorama exports the configuration to your client system as an XML file.
    3. Locate the
      running-config.xml
      file you exported and rename the XML file. This is required to import the configuration as Panorama does not support importing an XML file with the name
      running-config.xml
      .
  5. Load the Panorama configuration snapshot that you exported from the evaluation Panorama virtual appliance into the production Panorama virtual appliance.
    1. Log in to the Panorama Web Interface of the production Panorama virtual appliance.
    2. Select
      Panorama
      Setup
      Operations
      .
    3. Click
      Import named Panorama configuration snapshot
      ,
      Browse
      to the Panorama configuration file you exported from the Panorama virtual appliance, and click
      OK
      .
    4. Click
      Load named Panorama configuration snapshot
      , select the
      Name
      of the configuration you just imported, leave the
      Decryption Key
      blank (empty), and click
      OK
      . Panorama overwrites its current candidate configuration with the loaded configuration. Panorama displays any errors that occur when loading the configuration file.
    5. If errors occurred, save them to a local file. Resolve each error to ensure the migrated configuration is valid.
  6. Modify the configuration on the production Panorama virtual appliance.
    1. Select
      Panorama
      Setup
      Management
      .
    2. Edit the General Settings, modify the
      Hostname
      , and click
      OK
      .
    3. Edit the Management Interface Settings to configure the management IP address and click
      OK
      .
      The most efficient approach is to assign a new IP address to the evaluation Panorama virtual appliance and reuse its old IP address for the production Panorama virtual appliance. This ensures that the evaluation Panorama virtual appliance remains accessible and that firewalls can point to the production Panorama virtual appliance without you reconfiguring the Panorama IP address on each firewall.
    4. Remove the Log Collector configuration imported from the evaluation Panorama.
      1. Select
        Panorama
        Collector Group
        and
        Delete
        all configured collector groups.
      2. Select
        Panorama
        Managed Collectors
        and
        Delete
        all configured Log Collectors.
    5. Select
      Commit
      Commit to Panorama
      and
      Commit
      your changes to the Panorama configuration.
  7. Reconfigure your Log Collectors and collector groups.
    You must add the managed collectors, collector group configuration, and log forwarding configurations you deleted in the previous step, as well as add the local Log Collector.
  8. Verify that the support and device management licenses are successfully activated.
    1. Select
      Panorama
      Licenses
      and
      Retrieve license keys from license server
      .
    2. Verify the
      Device Management License
      displays the correct number of devices.
    3. Select
      Panorama
      Support
      and verify that the correct support
      Level
      and
      Expiry Date
      are displayed.
  9. Synchronize the production Panorama virtual appliance with the firewalls to resume firewall management.
    Complete this step during a maintenance window to minimize network disruption.
    1. On the production Panorama virtual appliance, select
      Panorama
      Managed Devices
      and verify that the Device State column displays
      Connected
      for the firewalls.
      At this point, the Shared Policy (device groups) and Template columns display
      Out of sync
      for the firewalls.
    2. Push your changes to device groups and templates:
      1. Select
        Commit
        Push to Devices
        and
        Edit Selections
        .
      2. Select
        Device Groups
        , select every device group,
        Include Device and Network Templates
        , and click
        OK
        .
      3. Push
        your changes.
    3. In the
      Panorama
      Managed Devices
      page, verify that the Shared Policy and Template columns display
      In sync
      for the firewalls.

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