VM-500 will it run with 6xCPU?

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VM-500 will it run with 6xCPU?

Hi All,


We currently have one customer with two clusters running VM-300, but facing  dataplane CPU utilization. Support team has upgraded the VMs to 6xCPU (without knowing that VM-300 only support up to 4).


Right now VMs are with 6 CPUs allocated and we are planning to upgrade the vm capacity to VM-500. But I was wondering how the current CPUs will re-assigned? Any document I have found so far is only mentioning support for 4 and 8 CPUs and how they will be distributed between management and dataplan...


I am wondering what will happen?

- Will the VMs  be able to boot and reach operational state?

- Or just the CPU distribution will still be 4 management and 2 dataplane?


I am pretty sure that we eventually will need to upgrade to 8 CPUs, but I want to know if we can leave the firewall running with VM-500 and 6 CPUs assigned (while planning next maintenance to increase the cpus) or we must do both (upgrade the license and increase the CPUs to 8 per VM).


Thank you in advance!

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Re: VM-500 will it run with 6xCPU?

you'll need to upgrade to 8 CPU as the vm500 won't support 6 (and so only use 4)

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Re: VM-500 will it run with 6xCPU?

Thank you for the prompt feedback @reaper!


My concern is that we have approved plan to upgrade the VM capacity only - which shouldn't require reboot. While CPU upgrade requires VM shutdown.


So I am wondering if we can leave the CPU upgrade for another day and leave the firewall running with VM-500 and 6 CPUs - will the firewall still function properly?


We will definately upgrade to 8 CPU, because we need to assign additional CPUs to the dataplane (as the current 2 are overloaded). But cpu upgrade would probably be in different day, if possible.

L7 Applicator

Re: VM-500 will it run with 6xCPU?

IMHO the VM500 would function but only on 4 cores 

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