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Create a Configuration File for RapidDeploy

The configuration file you create for RapidDeploy is a standard device configuration file, and is stored as an XML file. The most reliable way to create a compatible configuration file is to save a configuration file from Fireware Web UI of a source device, and then upload it to the Product Details page of a target device for use with RapidDeploy.

  • Target device — The device that receives a configuration through RapidDeploy.
  • Source device — The device that you use to create a configuration for RapidDeploy of the target device.

To use a configuration file for RapidDeploy, the target Firebox and the configuration file must meet these requirements:

  • The target device must support RapidDeploy.
  • The device model in the configuration file must match the target device.
  • You must save the configuration file from the Web UI of a source device that uses the same OS version as the target device, or save the configuration file from a version of Policy Manager that is the same as or lower than the version of Fireware OS on the target device.
  • If the target device uses Fireware v11.10.4 or higher, the configuration must not include Firebox-DB local users.

Before You Begin

Before you create a configuration file for RapidDeploy of a device, log in to your account on the WatchGuard website, activate the new device (if necessary), and look at the Product Details page to see information about the device.

  1. If the Firebox is not yet activated, activate the device and any add-on features on the WatchGuard website.
    For more information, see Get a Firebox Feature Key.
  2. In the My Products page in your WatchGuard account, select the activated product you want to configure.
    The Product Details page for the product appears.
  3. In the RapidDeploy section, confirm that the target Firebox supports RapidDeploy.
  4. In the Device Information section, make a note of the version of Fireware OS manufactured on the device.
    You must know this version to create a compatible configuration file to upload.
  5. If you want to use Policy Manager to configure separately purchased add-on features, such as security services, in Policy Manager, download the device feature key. Policy Manager requires the feature key to enable configuration of the licensed upgrades or services.
    • To activate add-on features purchased separately, in the WatchGuard Support Center, click Activate a Product.
    • To get the feature key for your device, on the Product Details page, click Get your feature key.

Create the Configuration File

It is important that the configuration file you create for RapidDeploy is for the same device model and OS version as the target device. There are two methods you can use to create a compatible configuration file for RapidDeploy:

Option 1: Use Fireware Web UI to save the configuration to a local file (preferred)

For this option, you must be able to connect to the Web UI of a source device that is the same model as the target device. The source device must use a version of Fireware OS that is the same as or lower than the Fireware OS version on the target device.

  1. Use any version of Policy Manager or use Fireware Web UI to configure the source device with the settings you want the target device to use.
  2. In Fireware Web UI, select System > Configuration File > Download the Configuration File.
    The configuration file from the device is saved to a compressed local file.
  3. Unzip the compressed file to extract the configuration file.

If you open the saved file in Policy Manager to examine it, do not save the file from Policy Manager. Policy Manager can add XML code to the configuration file for features not supported by older OS versions. This can cause RapidDeploy to fail.

Option 2: Use a compatible version of Policy Manager to create and save the configuration to a local file

If you do not have a local device to use as the source device, you can use a compatible version of Policy Manager to create and save a configuration file. To create a configuration file that is compatible for RapidDeploy of the target device, you must use a version of Policy Manager that is the same as or lower than the version of Fireware OS on the target device. You might need to install an older version of WatchGuard System Manager to use this option.

  1. Install a WatchGuard System Manager version that is the same as or lower than the version of Fireware OS on the target device.
  2. Use Policy Manager to create a configuration file for the target device model
  3. Configure the settings you want the target device to use.
  4. To configure security services on the target device, add the feature key you downloaded from the Product Details page.
  5. Use Policy Manager to save the configuration to a local file.

Even though you can use higher versions of WatchGuard System Manager to save a configuration directly to a device that uses a lower OS version, you must use a version of WatchGuard System Manager that is not higher than the OS version on the target device to save a configuration file for RapidDeploy.

After you have saved the configuration to a local file, you can upload this file to the Product Details page for the target device.

For information about how to upload the file, see Upload a Configuration File for RapidDeploy.

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