Use vMotion to Move the VM-Series Firewall Between Hosts
To maintain traffic flow while using vMotion
to move your VM-Series firewall on VMware ESXi between ESXi hosts
with homogeneous CPU configurations, you must use the PAN-OS CLI
to pause the internal heartbeat monitoring of the VM-Series firewall
during vMotion. You can specify the amount of time, in minutes,
that heartbeat monitoring is paused. Heartbeat monitoring can be paused
for up to 60 minutes. When the pause interval expires or you deliberately end
the pause interval, heartbeat monitoring resumes.
of the VM-Series firewall is supported on vSphere 6.5, 6.7, and
7.0 if the ESXi hosts have homogeneous CPU configuration. PAN-OS
10.0, 9.1.6, or 9.0.11 and later is required to Use vMotion to Move
the VM-Series Firewall Between Hosts installed on vSphere 6.5 or
These commands are not required when using vMotion
if you are running vSphere 7.0 or later.
Log in the VM-Series firewall CLI.
Set the heartbeat monitoring pause interval using the
following command. The pause begins as soon as the command is executed.
If vMotion is taking longer than expected, you can rerun this command
to set a new, longer interval that starts when the command is executed
request system heartbeat-pause set interval <pause-time-in-minutes>
can view the time remaining in pause interval using the following
request system heartbeat-pause show interval
) If you complete vMotion before the
pause interval has elapsed, you can end the pause by setting the
interval to zero (0).