Add Additional Disk Space to the VM-Series Firewall
The VM-Series firewall requires a virtual
disk 40GB, of which 17GB is used for logging. For larger deployments,
to aggregate data from all next-generation firewalls and provide
visibility across all the traffic on your network, use Panorama
for centralized logging and reporting. In smaller deployments, where
you do not use Panorama but require more log storage capacity, use
the following procedure to add a new virtual disk that can support
40GB to 2TB of storage capacity for logs.
to use a virtual disk, the virtual appliance does not use the default
17GB storage for logging. Therefore, if it loses connectivity to
the virtual disk, logs could be lost during the failure interval.
allow for redundancy, place the newly created virtual disk on a
datastore that provides RAID redundancy. RAID10 provides the best
write performance for applications with high logging characteristics.
Power off the VM-Series firewall.
On the ESX(i) server, add the virtual disk to the firewall.
Select the VM-Series firewall on the ESX(i)
to launch the Add
Hardware wizard, and select the following options when prompted:
the hardware type.
Create a new virtual disk
as the virtual disk type.
In the location field, select
Store with the virtual
. The datastore does not have to reside
on the ESX(i) server.
Verify that the settings look correct and click
exit the wizard. The new disk is added to the list of devices for
the virtual appliance.
Power on the firewall.
When powered on, the virtual disk is initialized for first-time
use. The time that the initialization process takes to complete
varies by the size of the new virtual disk.
When the new virtual
disk is initialized and ready, all logs from the existing disk will
be moved over to the new virtual disk. Newly generated log entries
will now be written to this new virtual disk.
A system log
entry that records the new disk is also generated.
you reuse a virtual disk, that is if the disk was previously used
for storing PAN-OS logs, all logs from the existing disk will not
be moved over to the virtual disk.
Verify the size of the new virtual disk.
In the Logging and Reporting Settings section, verify
displays the new disk capacity.