Setup a HomeLab to test PAN VM Firewall

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Setup a HomeLab to test PAN VM Firewall

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For those who runs the VM Firewall in your home test  lab enivronment,  can you share your choice of hypervisor, also your current detail hardware spec?    I am interested to setup a home lab ESXi server for testing PAN firewall and other projects as well.   But looking for hardware to support SR-IOV and DPDK seems to be very expensive.    If this is for lab testing or to use it to replace the home firewall (PA200), do I really need SR-IOV and DPDK?






L3 Networker

SR-IO and DPDK  only increases througput,  no more no less

So it depends on your homelab requirements. 

Do you want more than 600Mb Threat prevention throughput, you need SR-IO and DPDK  and a  vm100 or higher license

@Gertjan-HFG   Let say I want to have a PA200 experience.  If I have a VM50 license.  What hardware do you need  ( I am aware of I need 4.5GB of RAM minimum, 60+GB Disk space ),

For PA200 performance with a VM-50 you don't need SR-IO and PCI passthrough


Speeds below are only valid for PAN-OS 8 


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