Deploy the VM-Series Firewall

Learn how to deploy the VM-Series firewall on VMware NSX-T.
After completing the configuration on Panorama, perform the following procedure to launch the VM-Series firewall in your NSX-T Data Center.
When deploying the VM-Series firewall on NSX-T in high availability, both firewalls are deployed to the same Device Group and Template Stack.
  1. Log in to NSX-T Manager.
  2. Select
    Advanced Networking & Security
    Partner Services
  3. Select the
    Registered Service
    that matches the service definition to be deployed.
  4. Select the VM-Series firewall image from the drop-down in the Registered Service entry.
  5. Click
    under the registered service for the service definition you want to use to launch the firewall.
  6. Click
  7. Enter the Partner Service details. This information tells NSX-T Manager which Partner Service and logical router to use when deploying the VM-Series firewall.
    1. Enter a descriptive
      Instance Name
      for your VM-Series firewall.
    2. NSX-T Manager prepopulates the
      Partner Service
      field. Selecting a Partner Service populates the
      Deployment Specification
    3. Select the
      Logical Router
      . Select a tier-0 or tier-1 router. NSX-T Manager attaches the VM-Series firewall to the selected router and redirects traffic passing through that router to the VM-Series firewall for inspection. You must select a router with no service insertion attached.
    4. Click
  8. Configure resource and storage settings.
    1. Select a
      Compute Manager
      . The compute manager is the vCenter server managing your datacenter.
    2. Select a
      . You can deploy the VM-Series firewall on any cluster that does not include any Edge Transport Nodes.
    3. (
      ) Select the Resource Pool if you have created any on vCenter server.
    4. Select a
    5. Select the
      Deployment Mode
      for your VM-Series firewall—Standalone or High Availability.
    6. Set the
      Failure Policy
      to Allow or Block. The failure policy defines how NSX-T Manager handles traffic that is directed to the VM-Series firewall if the firewall becomes unavailable.
    7. Enter the
      IP Address
      Subnet Mask
      , and
      Network ID
      for the VM-Series firewall management port.
    8. If you are deploying the VM-Series firewall in HA mode, repeat the previous step for secondary firewall instance.
    9. Click
  9. Click on the
    Deployment Template
    field and select a deployment template. Choosing a deployment template automatically populates the template properties.
    Do not edit the Template Property settings
  10. Click
    to deploy the VM-Series firewall.
  11. Access the Panorama web interface to make sure that the VM-Series firewalls are connected and synchronized with Panorama.
    1. Select
      Managed Devices
      to verify that the firewalls are connected and synchronized.
      If the firewall gets its IP address from an IP Pool, the
      Display Name
      for the firewall includes the hostname of the ESXi server on which it is deployed, for example PA-VM:ESX1.Sydney. If the firewall gets a DHCP assigned IP address, the hostname of the ESXi server does not display.
      If the ESXi server hostname is longer than 32 characters, the hostname will not be displayed in Panorama. Instead, only
      is displayed.
    2. Click Commit, and select Commit Type as
      A periodic Panorama commit is required to ensure that Panorama saves the device serial numbers to configuration. If you reboot Panorama without committing the changes, the managed devices will not connect back to Panorama; although the Device Group will display the list of devices, the devices will not display in
      Managed Devices
  12. Verify that the capacity license is applied and apply any additional licenses that you have purchased. At a minimum, you must activate the support license on each firewall.
    When Panorama does not have internet access (Offline), you must manually license each firewall, and then add the serial number of the firewall to Panorama so that it is registered as a managed device, and can receive the template stack and device group settings from Panorama. See Activate the License for the VM-Series Firewall for VMware NSX for more information.
    1. Select
      Device Deployment
      to verify that the VM-Series capacity license is applied.
    2. To apply additional licenses on the VM-Series firewalls:
      • Click
        Device Deployment
      • Find or filter for the firewall, and in the
        Auth Code
        column, enter the authorization code for the license to activate. Only one authorization code can be entered at a time, for each firewall.
    3. Click
      , and verify that the result of the license activation was successful.

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