After you familiarize yourself with the Bootstrap Package and assess whether you will want to fully configure the firewall or use Panorama to manage the bootstrapped firewall, use the following workflow to bootstrap your VM-Series firewall.
Bootstrap a VM-Series Firewall
For security reasons, you can only bootstrap a firewall when it is in factory default state. If you want to bootstrap a VM-Series firewall that has been previously configured, Reset the Firewall to Factory Default Settings.
Generate the VM Auth Key on Panorama, if you want to use Panorama to manage the VM-Series firewalls being bootstrapped. You must include this key in the basic configuration (init-cfg.txt) file, when you prepare the bootstrap package.
Prepare the Licenses for Bootstrapping.
Create the init-cfg.txt File and optionally Create the bootstrap.xml File if you are not using Panorama to manage the firewall configuration.
Prepare the Bootstrap Package.
Place the bootstrap package in the format required by your hypervisor and bootstrap the VM-Series firewall. Bootstrap the VM-Series Firewall on ESXi Bootstrap the VM-Series Firewall on Hyper-V Bootstrap the VM-Series Firewall on KVM Bootstrap the VM-Series Firewall on KVM in OpenStack Bootstrap the VM-Series Firewall in AWS Bootstrap the VM-Series Firewall in Azure
Verify Bootstrap Completion.

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