Configure Palo Alto VM 6.0.0 in Vmware Workstation and ESXi


The VM-Series supports the exact same next-generation firewall and advanced threat prevention features available in our physical form factor appliances, allowing you to safely enable applications flowing into, and across your private, public and hybrid cloud computing environments.
Automation features such as VM monitoring, dynamic address groups and a REST-based API allow you to proactively monitor VM changes dynamically feeding that context into security policies, thereby eliminating the policy lag that may occur when your VMs change.
The VM-Series supports the following hypervisors:

  • VMWare ESXi and NSX
  • Citrix SDX,
  • KVM (Centos/RHEL)
  • Ubuntu
  • Amazon Web Services

There are four models for different requirements:

  • VM-100
  • VM-200
  • VM-300
  • VM-1000-HV

I have got a VM including two files (PA-VM-6.0.0.ovf and PA-VM-6.0.0-disk1.vmdk) and deployed it into my lab environment to test. Here are some steps:

1. Imported into Vmware workstation successfully but need a 64-bit host and Intel VT-x need to be enabled

2. Tried to deploy OVF file in the ESXi lab machine by selecting “File -> Deploy OVF Template… “

Changed network adapter 2 to Internal v_switch and keep the network adapter 1 to Internet v_switch.

 3. Start VM wait 1 minute to log in after login prompt shows up.

type admin / admin as username and password after Login prompt shows up for 1 minute.

4. Basic configuration:

a. Once you got to the prompt (admin@PA-VM), type


b. You are now in the config mode, type the following command in order to give an IP address for the

PAN management and Web Access,

set deviceconfig system ip-address netmask default-gateway dns-setting servers primary

c. Hit Enter and then Type “commit”

note: Remember that we can use “?” to see all the commands and use “TAB” to complete the commands

5. Try to ping the IP address of the PAN-OS and If successful, then open a browser and type “”

Use the admin / admin for username and password.

6. Enjoy the fun from this product coming from world leading security company