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Provision the VM-Series Firewall on an ESXi Server

Use these instruction to deploy the VM-Series firewall on a (standalone) ESXi server. For deploying the VM-Series NSX edition firewall, see Set Up the VM-Series Firewall on VMware NSX.
  1. Download the OVA file.
    Register your VM-Series firewall and obtain the OVA file from the Palo Alto Networks Customer Support web site.
    The file contains the base installation. After the base installation is complete, you will need to download and install the latest PAN-OS version from the support portal. This will ensure that you have the latest fixes that were implemented since the base image was created. For instructions, see Upgrade the PAN-OS Software Version (Standalone Version).
  2. Before deploying the OVA file, set up virtual standard switch(es) and virtual distributed switch(es) that you will need for the VM-Series firewall.
    If you are deploying the VM-Series firewall with Layer 3 interfaces, your firewall will use Hypervisor Assigned MAC Addresses by default. If you choose to disable the use of hypervisor assigned MAC address, you must configure (set to
    Accept
    ) any virtual switch attached to the VM-Series firewall to allow the following modes:
    • Promiscuous mode
    • MAC address changes
    • Forged transmits
    If you are deploying the firewall with Layer 2, virtual wire, or tap interfaces, you must configure any virtual switch attached to the VM-Series firewall to allow (set to
    Accept
    ) the modes listed above.
    To configure a virtual standard switch to receive frames for the VM-Series firewall:
    1. Configure a virtual standard switch from the vSphere Client by navigating to
      Home
      Inventory
      Hosts and Clusters
      .
    2. Click the
      Configuration
      tab and under
      Hardware
      click
      Networking
      . For each VM-Series firewall attached virtual switch, click on
      Properties
      .
    3. Highlight the virtual switch and click
      Edit
      . In the vSwitch properties, click the
      Security
      tab and set
      Promiscuous Mode, MAC Address Changes
      and
      Forged Transmits
      to
      Accept
      and then click
      OK
      . This change will propagate to all port groups on the virtual switch.
    To configure a virtual distributed switch to receive frames for the VM-Series firewall:
    1. Select
      Home
      Inventory
      Networking
      . Highlight the
      Distributed Port Group
      you want to edit and select the
      Summary
      tab.
    2. Click
      Edit Settings
      and select
      Policies
      Security
      and set
      Promiscuous Mode, MAC Address Changes
      and
      Forged Transmits
      to
      Accept
      and then click
      OK
      .
  3. Deploy the OVA.
    If you add additional interfaces (vmNICs) to the VM-Series firewall, a reboot is required because new interfaces are detected during the boot cycle. To avoid the need to reboot the firewall, make sure to add the interfaces at initial deployment or during a maintenance window so that you can reboot the firewall.
    To view the progress of the installation, monitor the
    Recent Tasks
    list.
    1. Log in to vCenter using the vSphere client. You can also go directly to the target ESXi host if needed.
    2. From the vSphere client, select
      File
      Deploy OVF Template
      .
    3. Browse to the OVA file that you downloaded in Download the OVA file, select the file and then click
      Next
      . Review the templates details window and then click
      Next
      again.
    4. Name the VM-Series firewall instance and in the
      Inventory Location
      window, select a Data Center and Folder and click
      Next
    5. Select an ESXi host for the VM-Series firewall and click
      Next
      .
    6. Select the datastore to use for the VM-Series firewall and click
      Next
      .
    7. Leave the default settings for the datastore provisioning and click
      Next
      . The default is
      Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed
      .
      vm-series-firewall-deploy.PNG
    8. Select the networks to use for the two initial vmNICs. The first vmNIC will be used for the management interface and the second vmNIC for the first data port. Make sure that the
      Source Networks
      maps to the correct
      Destination Networks
      .
      vm-series-firewall-deploy-3.PNG
    9. Review the details window, select the
      Power on after deployment
      check box and then click
      Next
      .
      vm-series-firewall-deploy-2.PNG
    10. When the deployment is complete, click the
      Summary
      tab to review the current status.

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