Bootstrap the VM-Series Firewall on ESXi with a Block Storage Device

Use these instructions to bootstrap the VM-Series firewall on an ESXi server using a block storage device.
  1. Create the bootstrap package and the virtual hard disk.
    1. Create the bootstrap package.
    2. Deploy a Linux virtual machine.
    3. On the Linux machine, Prepare the Bootstrap Package. You can leave the folder empty, but you must have all four folders.
    4. Attach a new data disk less than 39 GB to the Linux virtual machine.
    5. Partition the disk and format the file system as ext3.
    6. Make a directory for the new file system and mount the disk to the Linux virtual machine.
    7. Copy the contents of your bootstrap package to the disk.
    8. Unmount the disk.
    9. Detach the disk from the Linux virtual machine. Take note of the Disk File describing the bootstrap disk you created; it shows the datastore name and path to the disk. Additionally, do not check the Delete Files From Datastore check box; doing so deletes the disk.
  2. Deploy the firewall.
  3. Attach the bootstrap package to the firewall.
    1. Select the VM-Series firewall from the Inventory list.
    2. Click
      Edit Settings
      and select
      Virtual Hardware
      .
    3. From the New Device drop-down, select
      Existing Hard Disk
      . Select the bootstrap disk according to the datastore and path noted previously.
    4. Power on the firewall. The firewall will begin with the bootstrapping process, which will take several minutes. The status messages on the success or failure of the process will display on the console.

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