Logging Enhancements on the Panorama Virtual Appliance

You can now create a Log Collector that runs locally on the Panorama virtual appliance. Because the local Log Collector supports multiple virtual logging disks, you can increase log storage as needed while preserving existing logs. The local Log Collector supports up to 12 virtual disks for 24TB of log storage on a single Panorama virtual appliance and up to 48TB on a high availability (HA) pair. Without a local Log Collector, Panorama supports only one logging disk with up to 8TB of storage.
You cannot deploy the Panorama virtual appliance as a Dedicated Log Collector.
The virtual appliance supports NFS log storage only in Legacy mode, not in Panorama mode. After switching to Panorama mode, you must migrate the logs that are in the NFS storage to the virtual disks on the local Log Collector.
After you upgrade to Panorama 8.0, the Panorama virtual appliance will be in Legacy mode by default. To enable support for a local Log Collector, you must first increase resources on the appliance and switch it to Panorama mode. The minimum resources include a larger system disk (81GB), more CPUs and memory based on the log storage capacity, and an additional virtual logging disk that has at least as much capacity as is used for logs in Legacy mode.
If Panorama is deployed in an high availability (HA) configuration, perform the following steps on the secondary peer first and then on the primary peer.
  1. Determine which system resources you need to increase by accessing the Panorama CLI and running the following command:
    > request system system-mode panorama
  2. Use your VMware ESXi vSphere Client to increase the memory and CPUs and to add a new system disk.
  3. Use the Panorama CLI to copy the data from the original system disk to the new system disk:
    > request system clone-system-disk target sdb
  4. Use the vSphere Client to remove Hard Disk 1 that is attached to Virtual Device Node 0:0.
  5. Assign the cloned Hard Disk from step 3 to Virtual Device Node 0:0.
  6. Use the Panorama CLI to switch from Legacy mode to Panorama mode.
    > request system system-mode panorama
  7. (HA only) Repeat steps 1 through 6 on the primary Panorama to switch it to Panorama mode. This step triggers failover. After switching the mode, restore the primary Panorama to the active HA state and ensure both HA peers are functional.
  8. Use the Panorama CLI to migrate existing logs to the new virtual logging disk. In an HA configuration, perform this only on the primary Panorama.
    > request logdb migrate vm start
  9. To verify that the existing logs are available, log in to the Panorama web interface, select PanoramaMonitor, select a log type that you know matches some existing logs (for example, PanoramaMonitorSystem), and verify that the logs display.

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