06-21-2019 06:54 PM
My employer is starting to use PAs, and as a networking person I want to get much more comfortable with them, I wanted to buy an small one off ebay to use as my home router. I won't need global protect, OR wildfire as I just want to run the PA as a router in a "less critical" environment. If I do get one off ebay are there license fees that I'm going to be surprised by or those all additionals rather than required?
06-22-2019 04:55 AM
You don't need to buy the licenses if you dont use them. All you need is supportsubscriptionto be able to update the firewall.
Anyway don't make the mistake and buy a PA-500. This one is end of sale and will not support anything newer than PAN-OS 8.1. In addition you cannot buy a support subscription for this one except there is still a not expired one on the box, so there might be a chance to renew it. I strongly recommend to buy a PA-220. If you buy that one as LAB/not-for-resale firewall it will cost almost nothing and you will have already all licenses included - just in case you need them once.
06-23-2019 10:13 AM
I agree with @vsys_remo PA-500's are 8 port PA-200's and you do not what to learn on these devices. they are miserable, commits take forever. a PA-220 is slow compared to a PA-5250. but it's a lot faster than a PA-500/200.
I have 2 PA-220's in HA at my house.
What I did for my org was to purchase PA-220-Lab units for the employees to take home and use. I think only 5 of 20 are actively used. They are half the price of a normal PA-220 and come with all the licenses. You do have to renew the licenses but that is only a fraction of the cost.
I think you can buy lab units from Palo alto re-sellers. if your company will not support the cost of this, You could personally contract your company reseller and ask them if you can purchase a lab unit. Everyone has different prices.
looks like CDW will sell you one. I would think that the base price listed (no warranty) still covers the normal 1-year subscription and Palo alto support for hardware\software. you should call CDW and see what their warranty covers. if the unit has Palo Alto support for 1 year, don't buy the CDW warranty.
06-24-2019 09:34 AM
If the company you work for already has a relationship with Palo Alto, you can buy a LAB unit for your house at a fraction of hte cost and it comes fully licensed. I would stay away from ebay for this as there could be lots of licensing issues. The PA220 lab is just under $500.
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