Bootstrap the VM-Series Firewall on Azure

The VM-Series firewall on Azure supports
Azure Files
service for bootstrapping. To manage the bootstrap package for the VM-Series firewall on Azure, you must be familiar with storage accounts on Azure and know how to create a file share and directory objects that contain the folder structure required for the bootstrap package. You can share an Azure file share across many virtual machines so that all firewalls deployed in the same region as the storage account that hosts the file share can access the files concurrently.
The management interface of the VM-Series firewall must be able to access the file share that holds the bootstrap package so that it can complete bootstrapping.
  1. Set up the bootstrap package within an Azure Files service.
    1. On the Azure portal, select or create a storage account.
    2. Create a file share within the Azure Files service.
      azure_bootstrap_fileshare.png
    3. Create the folders within the storage account.
  2. Deploy the VM-Series Firewall from the Azure Marketplace (Solution Template). When launching the firewall, select
    Enable Bootstrap:Yes
    and provide the information required to access the file share that holds the bootstrap files.
    1. Storage Account Name
      — This is the Azure storage account in which you created the file share for the bootstrap folders.
    2. Storage Account Access Key
      —The firewall needs this access key to authenticate to the storage account and access the files stored within. To copy this access key, select the storage account name, and then select
      Setttings
      Access Keys
      .
      azure_bootstrap_accesskey.png
    3. File-share
      —This is the file-share name to which you have uploaded the files required for bootstrapping the firewall.
      Optionally, you can specify a
      Share-directory
      . If you have a common file share that serves as a repository for bootstrap configuration for different set ups, you can us a share-directory to be able to create a folder hierarchy and access a specific set of subfolders within the common file-share.
    azure_bootstrap_launch.png

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