How to install Palo Alto firewall on Virtualbox

Originally I wanted to title this article “How to install Palo Alto firewall on Virtualbox on Mac”, but I realised that these steps also apply if you’re trying to install Palo Alto firewall on Virtualbox on Windows. Alright, let’s begin.

How to install Palo Alto firewall on Virtualbox

1. Download Virtualbox and Palo Alto .ova file.

Download and install Virtualbox: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Also download the Palo Alto .ova file. (don’t ask me where :D)

2. Import the .ova file.

To import the .ova file, navigate to File > Import Appliance. Browse to the file and click Continue.

How to install Palo Alto firewall on Virtualbox

Finish the import by clicking Import on the next screen.

How to install Palo Alto firewall on Virtualbox

Once imported, you should see it in the list of virtual machines.

How to install Palo Alto firewall on Virtualbox

3. Set a Bridged Interface.

To allow the firewall to talk to the Internet, set one interface as Bridged Adapter.

To do this, right-click your VM, click Settings and navigate to the Network tab.

How to install Palo Alto firewall on Virtualbox

Important:

  • Make sure the Network Adapter is enabled.
  • Under the Name field, choose the interface on your physical machine that is currently active. The firewall will bridge with this adapter to reach the Internet.
  • Make sure the Cable Connected option is enabled.

One bridge interface is good to allow access to the firewall. However if you need to add more interfaces, you can enable the other adapters.

4. Power on the virtual machine.

It could take upto 5 minutes or even longer for the boot to complete.

How to install Palo Alto firewall on Virtualbox

5. Login.

username: admin

password: admin

How to install Palo Alto firewall on Virtualbox

6. Set the management IP address.

Enter configuration mode with the configure command.

Set the management IP address with the below command:

set deviceconfig system ip-address <ip-address> netmask <netmask>

How to install Palo Alto firewall on Virtualbox

 

Important:

  • Check the IP address and subnet mask of your bridged interface before assigning an IP to the management interface.
  • The IP address that you assign to the management interface should be in the same subnet as the IP of your bridged interface.

Commit the configuration with the commit command.

7. Access the web management console.

URL: https://management-ip

 

How to install Palo Alto firewall on Virtualbox

 

The web page gives a warning because the firewall is presenting a self-signed certificate that the browser is unable to validate.

Click Advanced to then click Proceed to … link to view the firewall login page.

How to install Palo Alto firewall on Virtualbox

How to install Palo Alto firewall on Virtualbox

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