Use these instructions to bootstrap the VM-Series firewall on an ESXi server.
Bootstrap the VM-Series Firewall in ESXi
Create an ISO image and upload it to a Virtual Machine File System (VMFS) datastore or to a Network File System (NFS) volume. Prepare the Bootstrap Package. Create an ISO image. The tool you use to create the image varies based on your client operating system. Upload the ISO image to a VMFS datastore or to an NFS volume that is accessible to the ESX/ESXI host.
Deploy the firewall. Provision the VM-Series Firewall on an ESXi Server. By default, the firewall is deployed with two network interfaces— one for management traffic and one data traffic. Make sure that the first ethernet interface on the firewall, which is its management interface, is connected to the virtual switch port-group assigned for device management. Do not power on the firewall.
Attach the bootstrap image to the firewall. Select the VM-Series firewall from the Inventory list. Click Edit Settings and select Virtual Hardware. Select Datastore iso file in the CD DVD drive drop-down, and browse for the ISO image. Power on the firewall. The firewall will begin with the bootstrapping process, which will take several minutes. The status messages on the success or failure of the process will display on the console. Verify Bootstrap Completion.

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