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Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

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If you are deploying a Barracuda Firewall Control Center with the CC Wizard, see Getting Started - Control Center.

When deploying a virtual Barracuda CloudGen Firewall or a hardware version of the Barracuda CloudGen Firewall F-Series, basic settings must be configured before the system can be used in production. There are some differences, depending on the deployment option you choose (hardware, virtual, or public cloud).

Before You Begin

Make sure you completed the steps listed in the deployment articles, depending on which platform you are deploying the firewall on:

  • Hardware – Complete Hardware deployment and the included Quick Start Guide. The Quick Start Guide is included in the box with every firewall. Your PC must be connected to the management port of the CloudGen Firewall F-Series and use an IP address in the range on your local NIC while connecting to port 1. Do not use, this IP address is the default management IP address of the Barracuda CloudGen Firewall.
  • Virtual (Vx) – Complete the deployment steps in Virtual Systems (Vx) for your hypervisor.
  • Public Cloud – Complete the steps in Public Cloud for your public cloud provider.

Step 1. Prepare the Client

To connect to the firewall, you must use the Barracuda Firewall Admin application. The application is a stand-alone, portable executable. Always use the latest version of Barracuda Firewall Admin. You can download the version from the Barracuda Customer Portal.

For more information on the system requirements, and Barracuda Firewall Admin, see Barracuda Firewall Admin.

Step 2. Log into the Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

Connect to your firewall using Barracuda Firewall Admin:

  1. Launch the Barracuda Firewall Admin application.
  2. Select Firewall in the Log in window.

  3. Provide Management IP, Username, and Password:

    The default password ngf1r3wall is intended for initial access only. You must change the password once you are logged into the appliance.

    Management IP AddressUsernameDefault Password
    Virtual (Vx)Set during deploymentrootngf1r3wall
    Public Cloud - Amazon AWSElastic IP pointing to the Barracuda CloudGen Firewall instancerootInstance ID of your Barracuda CloudGen Firewall instance E.g., i-0aaaa123
    Public Cloud - Microsoft Azure <your cloud service> or Virtual IP (VIP) for the cloud serviceroot
    • Set during deployment
    • If not set during deployment: ngf1r3wall
    Public Cloud - Google CloudStatic external IP address assigned to the firewall instancerootName of the instance
    Public Cloud - VMware vCloud AirSet during deploymentrootngf1r3wall


  4. Click Sign In. The Authentication Check window opens.
  5. Click Trust.

Step 3. Configure Basic Settings

The box wizard can only be used on hardware units. If you are deploying a virtual firewall, you must configure the time zone and change the password manually.

Step 3.1 Complete the Wizard for the Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

If you are using a hardware appliance, the wizard helps you configure basic settings during deployment. Follow the instructions for the Standard Deployment Mode. Skip this step if you are connected to a CloudGen Firewall in the public cloud because these settings were already configured during deployment.


Step 3.2 Configure the Time Zone and Change the Root Password for the Virtual Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

When using a virtual firewall, complete the following tasks:

Password changeHow to Change the Root Password and Management ACL
Set the time zoneStep 1 in How to Configure Time Server (NTP) Settings
(optional) Change the management IP address

How to Configure the Management Network, IP, and Shared IPs in the Management Network

Step 4. Configure an Internet Connection

If you are deploying a firewall that must connect to the Internet via ISP, configure the Internet connection. Skip this step if your firewall can already access the Internet via the management interface. Hardware firewalls have a port preconfigured to receive the IP address via DHCP:

  • F18 - F800 – DHCP client listens on port p4.
  • F900 – DHCP client listens on port A4.
  • F1000 – DHCP client listens on port D4.

Complete the configuration for your type of Internet connection:

Internet connection typeLink
Static IP addressHow to Configure an ISP with Static IP Addresses
DHCPHow to Configure an ISP with Dynamic IP Addresses (DHCP)
xDSL (PPP, PPPoE and PPTP)xDSL WAN Connections
Wireless WANHow to Configure an ISP using a WWAN Modem
ISDNHow to Configure an ISP with ISDN

Step 5. Activate and License Your Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

For the firewall to get licensed, the Barracuda Firewall Admin application must be able to connect to the Internet directly or via proxy. For hardware appliances, you only need to activate the unit; licenses are automatically downloaded and installed afterwards. For virtual and public cloud systems, you must enter a license token before activating your unit. If you are licensing a CloudGen Firewall that is to be used in a high availability cluster, activate the secondary unit first. For more information, see How to Activate and License a Standalone High Availability Cluster.

License InstallationLink
  1. Fill out the activation form.
  2. Licenses are downloaded and installed automatically.
  3. For Barracuda CloudGen Firewall F-Series F10 - F30X, preconfigured services must be enabled manually.

How to Activate and License a Stand-alone Hardware CloudGen Firewall Appliance

Virtual (Vx) + Public Cloud
  1. Enter the license token.
  2. Fill out the activation form.
  3. Licenses are downloaded and installed automatically.
How to Activate and License a Stand-Alone Virtual or Public Cloud Firewall or Control Center

Step 6. Configure Administrative Settings

Configure the firewall to use your preferred DNS and NTP servers. To receive email notifications from selected services, you must configure a recipient email address.

DNS ServersHow to Configure DNS Settings
NTP ServersStep 2 in How to Configure Time Server (NTP) Settings
System Email Notification AddressHow to Configure System Email Notifications

Next Steps

If you are deploying a Control Center, continue with Getting Started - Control Center without CC Setup Wizard.

Continue with the steps below to set up the system according to your needs.

Configure VLANs and Routing; add additional network interfaces.Network
Create and configure Services (e.g., Forwarding Firewall, VPN,...).
Configure external authentication servers.Authentication
Configure administrator accounts.Managing Access for Administrators
Create a high availability cluster.High Availability