It seems like your browser didn't download the required fonts. Please revise your security settings and try again.
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

How to Deploy a CloudGen Firewall Vx OVA on VMware Hypervisors

  • Last updated on

If you are deploying the Barracuda CloudGen Firewall Vx in a high performance environment or require support for VLANs, do not deploy using the OVA packages. Instead, create a custom configuration using Barracuda Firewall Install. For more information, see How to Deploy a CloudGen Firewall Vx using Firewall Install on a VMware Hypervisor.

To ease deployment, the Barracuda CloudGen Firewall Vx units are available as prebuilt OVA images that can be imported into your VMware hypervisor. You do not need to create or configure a virtual machine (VM). Before deploying the CloudGen Firewall Vx unit, verify that the host system meets the minimum storage requirements and review the resource recommendations for the production system. You can deploy the firewall using either the VMware vSphere Client or the VMware OVF Tool (ovftool).

Before You Begin

Use the VMware vSphere Client

Step 1. Download and Import the OVA Image
  1. Download the OVA image for your CloudGen Firewall or Firewall Control Center from your Barracuda Networks Account.
  2. Connect to your VMware hypervisor using the vSphere client.
  3. Click FileDeploy OVF Template.
  4. In the deployment wizard, click Browse and select the OVA image. Click Next to proceed. 
  5. Enter a name for the virtual machine to be created. Click Next to proceed.
  6. Select the datastore that the CloudGen Firewall Vx unit should be installed on.

    When you import an OVA file with VMware 4.1 or higher, you are offered the Thin provisioned format setting that lets you change the VM size. If you choose to reduce the VM size, do not choose a value below 50 GB for VFxxx or a value below 100 GB for VC400, VC610, or VC820. Barracuda Networks recommends that you select Thick provisioned format.


  7. Map to the required network in your existing inventory and then click Next to proceed.
  8. After the deployment wizard summarizes all your settings, click Finish to start the deployment process. After successful deployment, the Barracuda CloudGen Firewall Vx unit is displayed in your VMware hypervisor inventory list.
  9. Select the CloudGen Firewall Vx unit from the list on the left and edit settings such as Disk Provisioning with appropriate values.
Step 2. Update Your Virtual Hardware

To upgrade your virtual hardware, perform the following steps:

  1. Right-click on your virtual machine.
  2. In the list, click Upgrade VM Compatibility.
  3. When prompted, adjust the highest value that is acceptable for your virtual machine environment. For example, if your ESXi has the version number 6.7, select ESXi 6.7 virtual machine.
Step 3. Set the Management IP Address
  1. Start the VM and click the Console tab of the virtual machine. 
    The Barracuda CloudGen Firewall Vx unit boots.
    For a basic network configuration, the CloudGen Firewall unit launches the Active Recovery Technology menu.
  2. Select Basic Configuration, enter the following network settings, and then press F3 to save your changes:
    • Hostname – The desired hostname for your firewall.
    • Management IP – The IP address that your firewall should be reachable through.
    • Netmask – The subnet mask in dotted quad notation. For example,
    • Default Gateway – The IP address of the next hop device that serves as an access point to another network.
  3. When the window opens to announce that your configuration changes were saved, press any key to continue.
  4. Select Reboot to restart the Barracuda CloudGen Firewall with the new network configuration.

Use the VMware OVF Tool

  1. Download the VMware OVF Tool from vmware.comUse the following command: 
    ovftool -datastore=datastorename ovaimage vi://server-ip  
    • datastore – The name for the data store.
    • ovaimage – The path and name of the OVA file.
    • server-ip – The IP address for the virtual appliance.
  2. Configure the resources pool and the network mapping within the VMware virtual machine settings.
  3. Using Barracuda Firewall Admin, connect to the virtual appliance for configuration.

Use the latest version of Barracuda Firewall Admin. If you configure the Barracuda CloudGen Firewall with a version of Barracuda Firewall Admin that is older than the firewall version, you might lose configuration data.

Next Step

After you deploy the Barracuda CloudGen Firewall Vx unit, continue with Get Started and optionally Best Practice - Performance Tuning on VMware Hypervisors.

Last updated on