What’s New in VM-Series Plugin 2.1.4

The VM-Series plugin 2.1.4 introduces one new enhancement—limit the number vCPUs licensed.

Limit Licensed vCPUs

You can now specify the number of vCPUs that are licensed when using Software NGFW credits instead of licensing all the vCPUs available on your chosen compute instance. This allows you to use a larger compute instance without consuming more Software NGFW credits than necessary.
You can specify the number of vCPUs to be licensed using a new bootstrap plugin op command or the VM-Series firewall CLI.
  • To set the number of cores when bootstrapping a VM-Series firewall, add the following command to your init-cfg.txt file.
    plugin-op-commands=set-cores:<number-of-cores>
    For example:
    plugin-op-commands=set-cores:4
  • To set the number of cores on a VM-Series firewall that has already been deployed, use the following CLI command.
    request plugins vm_series set-cores cores <number-of-cores>
    For example:
    request plugins vm_series set-cores cores 16
    You must reboot the VM-Series firewall for this change to take effect.
You can verify that the vCPU change has taken affect using the
show plugins vm_series cores
command in the VM-Series CLI.
If you need to downgrade your VM-Series from 2.1.4 to a previous version, you must set the number of cores back to the default value for your VM-Series firewall. This does not occur automatically upon downgrade.

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