Customize the Bootstrap.xml File (v2.0)

The bootstrap.xml file provided in the GitHub repository uses a default username and password for the firewall administrator. Before deploying the VM-Series Auto Scaling template in a production environment, at a minimum, you must create a unique username and password for the administrative account on the VM-Series firewall. Optionally, you can fully configure the firewall with zones, policy rules, security profiles and export a golden configuration snapshot. You can then use this configuration snapshot as the bootstrap.xml file for your production environment.
You have two ways to customize the bootstrap.xml file for use in a production environment:
  • Option 1: Launch a VM-Series firewall on AWS using the bootstrap files provided in the GitHub repository, modify the firewall configuration and export the configuration to create a new bootstrap.xml file for the VM-Series Auto Scaling template. See Use the GitHub Bootstrap Files as Seed.
  • Option 2: Launch a new VM-Series firewall on AWS without using the bootstrap files, add a NAT policy rule to ensure that the VM-Series firewall handles traffic properly, and export the configuration to create a new bootstrap.xml file for the VM-Series Auto Scaling template. See Create a new Bootstrap File from Scratch.
    If you have deployed the template and now need to change the credentials for the administrative user or add a new admin user and update the template stack, see Modify Administrative Account and Update Stack.

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