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Bootstrap the VM-Series Firewall on ESXi with an ISO

Use these instructions to bootstrap the VM-Series firewall on an ESXi server using an ISO.
  1. Create an ISO image and upload it to a Virtual Machine File System (VMFS) datastore or to a Network File System (NFS) volume.
    1. Create an ISO image. The tool you use to create the image varies based on your client operating system.
    2. Upload the ISO image to a VMFS datastore or to an NFS volume that is accessible to the ESX/ESXI host.
  2. Deploy the firewall.
    1. By default, the firewall is deployed with two network interfaces— one for management traffic and one data traffic. Make sure that the first ethernet interface on the firewall, which is its management interface, is connected to the virtual switch port-group assigned for device management.
    2. Do not power on the firewall.
  3. Attach the bootstrap image to the firewall.
    1. Select the VM-Series firewall from the
    2. Click
      Edit Settings
      and select
      Virtual Hardware
    3. Select
      Datastore iso file
      in the
      CD DVD drive
      drop-down, and
      for the ISO image.
    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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