Configuring an ON-SITE-SPARE

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Configuring an ON-SITE-SPARE

L2 Linker

Dear techs,


Can any one give me some rough idea on how to configure a PA OSS unit?


I have a PA 3020 unit in live infra. Recently bought another 3020 unit. The idea is to replicate all the configurations and settings from live to the OSS unit and keep the same offline.


Any help is much appreciated.


Thanks in advance. 


Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite

you can download the same PAN-OS and application package you are using on your active device and install it on the OSS, then load the config file you backed-up from the active device


all you'll need to do is fetch the latest threat package the moment the device is put in service, to be up and running

Tom Piens

Thanks for the update.


Sadly, my account doesnt have the previllage to access the download portal. I am awaiting for the credentials from Manager. Will update once I have the details with me.


While updating the PAN OS I have to install the base version first then, required update\version on top of that. Correct?


Thanks in advance


You just need the base version downloaded to install the dot release. Also if you have 2 3020's why not put them into HA?





I beleive the client dont want to spend additional amount for purchasing licenses and all. Well i'm not sure though. The task was to setup the device as OSS. 


I need few more days to download the required files. Still waiting for the credentials.


Cheers to all.


Thanks for the replies.


Then the best way would be to do as Reaper suggested. Also anytime there is a change to the production unit, save a copy of the config to place onto the OOS.





Was engaged with some other tasks hence couldn't update the device. So, I have the OSS device now. The live PA OS version is 8.1.9-h4. So, I am downloading the below versions of PAN OS to flash it to the OSS unit. PA OS versions flashing in order 8.1.0 > 8.1.9 > 8.1.9-h4. I hope this is the PAN OS hierarchy I have to follow. Please correct me if I am wrong.

Thanks in advance

You don't need 8.1.9, just 8.1.0 & 8.1.9-h4


Just another I.T. Guy

@VincentPresogna wrote:

You don't need 8.1.9, just 8.1.0 & 8.1.9-h4

this is correct

Tom Piens

L2 Linker

I have the same question. No replies? I would like to load my production device state on my spare unit then have it offline waiting in case the primary fails. I know I would need to xfer license subscriptions at failure point etc. 

When I try to commit imported device state it fails stating no valid threat license. 

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