Quick Start — Set Up a Cloud-Managed Firebox

Applies To: Cloud-managed Fireboxes

WatchGuard Cloud enables you to simply set up your devices, and to configure security and manage networking across multiple Fireboxes with templates. This management interface is best used to configure Fireboxes that protect clients with content scanning, network blocking, and content filtering security services.

With a cloud-managed Firebox, you can define networks with multiple WAN links, SD-WAN, static and dynamic NAT, and VLANs. You can connect sites securely with Branch Office VPNs, and enable remote users to connect with an IKEv2 VPN or SSL VPN. You can also set up user authentication with the local Firebox database or RADIUS. Support for Active Directory authentication is coming soon.

WatchGuard Cloud is not yet suited to set up firewalls that protect inbound connections to servers.

WatchGuard will regularly add more features to WatchGuard Cloud. For information about upcoming features, see this knowledge base article: WatchGuard Cloud Features for Firebox Configuration.


To add a Firebox as a cloud-managed device:

  • It must run Fireware v12.5.7 or higher.

When you add a Firebox as a cloud-managed device, it automatically upgrades to the Fireware version that is required for cloud management.

  • You must start your Firebox with factory-default settings. For the steps to reset your Firebox, see Reset a Firebox.

You cannot migrate an existing configuration from a locally-managed Firebox into WatchGuard Cloud.

Set Up a Cloud-Managed Firebox

Follow these steps to set up a cloud-managed Firebox.

See Also

Manage the Firebox Configuration

Manage Firebox Templates