Setup Prerequisites for the Panorama Virtual Appliance

Complete the following tasks before you Install the Panorama Virtual Appliance:
Review the minimum resource requirements for deploying the Panorama virtual appliance on Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS GovCloud, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Hyper-V, KVM, and VMware ESXi to ensure that the virtual machine meets the minimum required resources for the desired mode (Panorama, Management Only, or Log Collector). The minimum resource requirements for the Panorama virtual appliance are designed to help you achieve the maximum number of logs per second (LPS) for log collection in Panorama and Log Collector mode. If you add or remove virtual logging disks that results in a configuration that does not meet or exceed the number of virtual logging disks recommended (below), your LPS will be reduced.
If the minimum resource requirements are not met for Panorama mode when you Install the Panorama Virtual Appliance, Panorama defaults to Management Only mode for all supported public (AWS, AWS GovCloud, Azure, and GCP) and private (Hyper-V, KVM, and VMware ESXi) hypervisors. If the minimum resource requirements are not met for Management Only mode, Panorama defaults to Maintenance mode for all supported public hypervisors, Hyper-V, and KVM. If the minimum resource requirements for Management Only mode are not met when you Install Panorama on VMware, Panorama defaults to Legacy mode.
It is recommended to deploy the Panorama management server in Panorama mode for both device management and log collection capabilities. While still supported, Legacy mode is not recommended for production environments. Additionally, you can no longer switch Panorama to Legacy mode. For more information on supported modes, see Panorama Models.
System Requirements for the Panorama Virtual Appliance
Requirements
Panorama Virtual Appliance in Management Only Mode
Panorama Virtual Appliance in Panorama Mode
Panorama Virtual Appliance in Log Collector Mode
Virtual hardware version
  • VMware ESXi and vCloud Air
    —64-bit kernel-based VMware ESXi 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, or 6.7. The supported version of the virtual hardware family type (also known as the VMware virtual hardware version) on the ESXi server is vmx-10
    The Panorama virtual appliance for ESXi does not support the creation quiesced snapshots. Disable
    Quiesce guest file system
    in the vSphere client or set the
    quiesce
    flag to 0 or false in the vSphere CLI before creating a snapshot of your virtual Panorama appliance.
  • Hyper-V
    —Windows Server 2016 with Hyper-V role or Hyper-V 2016
  • KVM
    —Ubuntu version 16.04 or CentOS7
In Panorama mode, the virtual appliance running on any ESXi version supports up to 12 virtual logging disks with 2TB of log storage each, for a total maximum capacity of 24TB.
(
VMware ESXi and vCloud Air only
) In Legacy mode, the virtual appliance supports one virtual logging disk. ESXi 5.5 and later versions supports one disk of up to 8TB. Earlier ESXi versions support one disk of up to 2TB.
(
ESXi and vCloud Air only
)
Client computer
To install the Panorama virtual appliance and manage its resources, you must install a VMware vSphere Client or VMware Infrastructure Client that is compatible with your ESXi server.
System disk
  • Default
    —81GB
  • Upgraded
    —224GB
  • Default
    —81GB
  • Upgraded
    —224GB (
    Required for SD-WAN
    )
For log storage, Panorama uses virtual logging disks instead of the system disk or an NFS datastore.
81GB
For log storage, Panorama uses virtual logging disks instead of the system disk or an NFS datastore.
CPUs, memory, and logging disks
  • Manage up to 500 managed devices
    • 16 CPUs
    • 32GB memory
    • Local log storage not supported
  • Manage up to 1,000 managed devices
    • 32 CPUs
    • 128GB memory
    • Local log storage not supported
  • To manage more than 1,000 firewalls, see Increased Device Management Capacity Requirements.
  • Up to 10,000 logs/sec:
    • 16 CPUs
    • 32GB memory
    • 4x2TB logging disks
    • Manage up to 500 managed devices
  • Up to 20,000 log/sec
    • 32 CPUs
    • 128GB memory
    • 8x2TB logging disks
    • Manage up to 1,000 managed devices
  • Up to 15,000 log/sec
    • 16 CPUs
    • 32GB memory
    • 4x2TB logging disks
  • Up to 25,000 logs/sec
    • 32 CPUs
    • 128GB memory
    • 8x2TB logging disks
Log storage capacity
Panorama in Management Only mode requires log forwarding to a Dedicated Log Collector.
2TB to 24TB
2TB to 24TB

Supported Interfaces

Interfaces can be used for device management, log collection, Collector Group communication, licensing and software updates.
Function
Amazon Web Services (AWS) and AWS GovCloud
Microsoft Azure
Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
KVM
Hyper-V
VMware (ESXi, vCloud Air)
Device Management
Any interface supported
Device Log Collection
Any interface supported
Collector Group Communication
Any interface supported
Licensing and Software Updates
MGT interface only
MGT interface only
MGT interface only
MGT interface only
Any interface supported
Any interface supported
Any interface supported

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