VM-Series firewall on VirtualBox

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VM-Series firewall on VirtualBox

L1 Bithead


I know that VM-Series firewall requires VMware ESXi running vSphere 4.1 or 5.0.

But I don't have VMware right now on my laptop and only I have is Oracle VirtualBox 4.2.6 - just for tests and presentations (not for commercial purpose)

On VirtualBox I've already imported vmdk file  but when I launch PA-VM I see: 'Welcome to the PanOS Bootloader. Hit any key to stop autoboot...' and nothing happens.

Does anyone knows how to run VM-Series firewall on VirtualBox?


Did you ever get this working within VB?

I believe this is impossible based on the post by JohnaL:

JohanL wrote:

I'm running a PA-VM in VMware workstation 9. It is important that your network adapters supports vmxnet3.

It runs smootly.

If VMware proprietary vmxnet3 adapters are "baked into" the VM series appliance and they are required, then there's no way to get the appliance to work in VirtualBox. The only way to even possibly get it to work is if some generic adapter were used in VirtualBox, that the VM series appliance kernel would happen to see and recognize as valid eth interfaces.

Sorry! I basically gave up after seeing that vmxnet3 was required as the adapter.

Thanks...  I read that but didn't know if anyone was able to actually get it to work.

L1 Bithead

I've got the 8.1 PA-VM running on VirtualBox 5.2 with exactly the same message, it just takes, like, 5+ minutes before it actually boots.


Even after that the system needs several more minutes until the default login of admin/admin is available.

This also happens in VMware environments (delayed bootup) when you upgrade the "VM Hardware" compatibility past a certain level.  I believe it has something to do with a virtual serial port or somesuch, but don't have the details at my fingertips. 


I'm sure you could dig in the Palo Alto Networks documentation and find which VM Hardware versions are fully supported, and then look at what VMware changed in subsequent hareware compatibility updates/versions.  

Thanks for the hint! Adding a virtual serial port has cut down boot times dramatically!

Hi, i also have this issue, able to share more details on the serial port that you add to speed up the boot up?

Not really. I added a serial port with default values in the virtualbox UI. That was all.

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