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Deploy Your Firebox with RapidDeploy

You can choose from three different RapidDeploy methods to set up a Firebox in a remote location. This is helpful when you might not have trained IT staff present at the remote location to help with the initial configuration of the device. All of the RapidDeploy methods enable you to send new Fireboxes to remote locations, before you have configured each device.

RapidDeploy is not supported on Firebox T10-D devices.

RapidDeploy Options

There are three RapidDeploy methods to remotely configure a device.

RapidDeploy QuickStart (for Firebox models that support it)

RapidDeploy QuickStart automatically creates a configuration file that enables WatchGuard recommended policies and services for your Firebox. If your Firebox supports RapidDeploy QuickStart, you can enable it when you activate your Firebox, or from the Product Details page after activation.

For more information about RapidDeploy QuickStart, see Use RapidDeploy QuickStart.

Upload a RapidDeploy configuration file to the website

To remotely configure a single Firebox, you can upload a RapidDeploy configuration to the WatchGuard website. You can use this option to configure a new device or to configure a device that has been reset to factory default settings. For this option, you create a configuration file for the device, and then upload the configuration file to the Product Details page for the device.

For more information, see Use RapidDeploy to Upload a Configuration File.

RapidDeploy from the Management Server

To remotely configure one or more Fireboxes for management, you can use RapidDeploy from your Management Server. This method is available for Fireboxes that have never been activated or that have already been activated, but must either be activated again or assigned to another Management Server.

To use RapidDeploy from the Management Server, you must register your Management Server with the WatchGuard Deployment Center and then connect to the Deployment Center from your Management Server. In the Deployment Center, you add information for your Management Servers and the Fireboxes you want to activate remotely.

For more information about RapidDeploy from a Management Server, see About the Deployment Center & RapidDeploy from the Management Server.

Automatic Configuration Download

To complete any of these RapidDeploy methods, you must connect the Firebox to power and to the Internet. When the Firebox starts with factory-default settings, it automatically contacts WatchGuard to download a RapidDeploy configuration file, if one is available. After you log in to your account on the WatchGuard website, the Product Details page for the Firebox shows when the last RapidDeploy configuration file was updated.

If you have previously configured any of the three RapidDeploy methods for a Firebox, and later decide that you do not want the Firebox to use RapidDeploy, you can disable RapidDeploy on the Product Details page. For more information, see Disable RapidDeploy.

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