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Cannot login to PA-820

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Our Primary admin is out of the business and the records of our firewall credentials are no longer valid.

In essence, I need to gain access to our Firewalls without factory resetting.

Having recently joined the business, I've registered on the support portal, but it seems the previous admin needs to approve this registration before I can use the support portal, so I'm getting nowhere fast, despite having premium support.

Calling the support numbers basically tell me to use the online portal to log a request, which I can't!


Where do I go for help now?  

Anyone from PaloAlto on here who can advise?  It would be appreciated!





Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite


As long as you can re-create the email account that the previous admin used (hopefully one under your organization) that might be your fastest path forward. Just add that previous account as an alias for your account and you should be able to go through and regain access. 

You'll otherwise need to go through this form and explain your issue and supply a valid serial number on the account. This isn't meant to be a quick or easy process, so don't expect instant access. If you know your account team it's worth reaching out to them and seeing what they can do, if anything, to help you in this situation. 


As to your original issue, do you have any access to your device? If you don't, you will be factory resetting the device. The good news is you can actually get the configuration from maintenance mode. You'll need to go through this process

The important thing to denote here is that once you factory reset your firewall and load the configuration file you exported you need to create a new superuser admin user or change the password of the admin account to something you know prior to committing the configuration. Otherwise you'll just be locked out again. 

Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite


In addition to what BPry has provided, check the following in the configuration as it will lock you out/bite you again, its a STIG setting:




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