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Last update: 2021-11-19

Microsoft Hyper-V

You can deploy the Sophos Firewall virtual appliance on the Microsoft Hyper-V platform.


  • Install Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 or 2012 on a server that meets the minimum hardware requirements below. For instructions, go to Server 2008 or Server 2012.
  • Install Hyper-V Manager (Hyper-V management software) on a management device that has network access to the server. For details, go to Hyper-V Manager.
Hardware Specification
vCPU 1
vRAM 4 GB minimum
vNIC 2
Primary disk 16 GB minimum
Report disk 80 GB minimum

If you don't meet the minimum requirements, Sophos Firewall goes into fail-safe mode.


Configure the vCPU and vRAM based on the purchased license. Don't exceed the maximum number of vCPUs specified in the license.

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