The bootstrap package must include the basic configuration
contained in the init-cfg.txt file in the /config folder; the complete
configuration (contained in bootstrap.xml file in the /config folder)
is optional. When you include both files in the bootstrap package,
the firewall merges the configurations of those files and, if any
configuration settings overlap between the two files, the firewall
uses the setting defined in the init-cfg.txt file.
Basic Configuration—The init-cfg.txt file is a text file
that contains basic initial configuration information. You can name
this file generically as init-cfg.txt, or you can prepend the UUID
or Serial number of each firewall to the filename to be more specific
(for example: 0008C100105-init-cfg.txt). This file must include
basic information for configuring the management interface on the
firewall, such as the IP address type (static or DHCP), IP address
(IPv4 only or both IPv4 and IPv6), netmask, and default gateway.
The DNS server IP address, Panorama IP address and device group
and template parameters are optional. When the firewall boots, it
searches for a text file that matches its UUID or serial number
and, if none is found, it searches using the generic filename. For
a sample file, see Create
the init-cfg.txt File.
For the VM-Series firewalls
that you want to manage using Panorama, you must generate a VM auth
key on Panorama and include the key in the init-cfg.txt file. For
more information, see Generate
the VM Auth Key on Panorama.
Complete Configuration—The bootstrap.xml file allows you
to fully configure the firewall. The bootstrap.xml file is optional
and is only required if you are not using Panorama for centrally
managing your firewall. You can either define this manually or export
the running configuration from an existing firewall and save the
file as bootstrap.xml. If you include the bootstrap.xml file, make
sure to export the XML file from a firewall of the same platform
or hypervisor. If you provide the init-cfg.txt file and the bootstrap.xml
file, the firewall merges the files into a running configuration
as part of the bootstrap process and, if any settings overlap, the
firewall will use the setting from the basic configuration file.
the bootstrap.xml File.