Ensure the Cisco ENCS environment can support the VM-Series
In your Cisco SD-Branch, deploy the VM-Series Firewall
on the Cisco ENCS appliance as a VNF that provides next generation
firewall capabilities to secure your applications and users at the
branch office. You can deploy the firewall in a virtual wire, Layer
2, or Layer 3 deployment, and in high availability configuration.
To manage the VM-Series firewall, the Panorama appliance can
be deployed on premises or in the cloud. The following topology
shows the VM-Series firewall at the branch edge.
NICs and attach them to a virtual bridge so the ENCS appliance can steer
traffic through the VM-Series firewall.
On the Cisco ENCS
appliance, the VM-Series firewall supports up to 8 dataplane interfaces.
Set up network connections for VM-Series firewall management
access. If you are using Panorama, ensure that Panorama has network
access to manage the firewall you deploy.
Python 2.7. Required on
your local machine if you are using the command line to convert.
VM-Series Firewall and Panorama Requirements
The VM-50 and VM-100 are recommended.
The VM-300, VM-500, and VM-700 are also supported, provided the
ENCS hardware has sufficient resources that can be assigned to the
VM-Series firewall. Consult the VM-Series System Requirements to
ensure that the Cisco ENCS appliance has adequate resources to support
the VM-Series model you choose.
firewall capacity license and subscription auth codes that meet
your requirements. See License Types. You enter
auth codes in the NFVIS user interface, or include the auth codes
The VM-Series firewall on Cisco ENCS supports Virtio with
DPDK mode enabled by default starting with PAN-OS 9.0.3.xfr. If you are using PAN-OS 9.0.2 and later versions (that
are not from the XFR release), only Packet MMAP mode is supported
and you must disable DPDK using one of the following methods:
If you are bootstrapping in the
From the VM-Series firewall command line, type:
set system setting dpdk-pkt-io off
Panorama hardware or virtual appliance. While you can deploy
a single VM-Series firewall in a Cisco SD-Branch network, it
is more common to deploy firewalls in many branches and centrally
manage them with Panorama.
Panorama version 9.0.2 or later.
The version must be the same or higher than the version on your
A VM auth key generated
on Panorama. This key allows the VM-Series firewall to authenticate