The VM-Series requires a minimum resource allocation on the Hyper-V host, so make sure to conform to the requirements listed below to ensure optimal performance.
The host CPU must be a 64-bit x86-based Intel or AMD CPU with virtualization extension.
Minimum of two vCPUs per VM-Series firewall; one for the management plane and one for the dataplane. You can assign two, four, or eight vCPUs to the firewall, however, the management plane only uses one vCPU and any additional vCPUs are used by the dataplane.
Minimum of two network adapters. The VM-Series firewall supports synthetic network adapters, which provide better performance than emulated network adapters. Hyper-V supports up to eight synthetic network adapters.
Minimum of 4GB of memory for all VM-Series models except the VM-1000HV, which requires a minimum of 5GB of memory. Any additional memory is used by the management plane only.
Minimum of 40GB of virtual disk space. Refer to the Compatibility Matrix for the Windows Sever versions supported.
Hyper-V Server does not have a native graphical user interface; all configuration is done through PowerShell. However, you can use Hyper-V Manager running on a remote machine to manage the firewall.If you use the Hyper-V role add-on, you can manage the firewall using Hyper-V Manager or PowerShell.
The VM-Series does not support Legacy Network Adapter or SR-IOV/PCI-Passthrough.
Linux Integration Services
Linux Integration Services (LIS) is a package of drivers and services that enhance the performance of Linux-based virtual machines on Hyper-V. The VM-Series firewall supports the following services to improve the integration between the host and the virtual machine:
—Allows you to perform a graceful shutdown of the VM-Series firewall from the Hyper-V management interface without having to log into the guest.
Heartbeat to Hyper-V Manager
—Provides heartbeat monitoring of the running status of guest VMs from the Hyper-V management interface.
Firewall Management IP Address Visibility
—Allows you to use Hyper-V Manager to view the IP address assigned to the management interface on the firewall.