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Install Sophos Firewall on Citrix Hypervisor

You can deploy a Sophos Firewall OVF image on Citrix Hypervisor.

Download the image

To download the .zip file containing the Sophos Firewall OVF image for Citrix Hypervisor, do as follows:

  1. Go to Firewall Installers.
  2. Scroll to Virtual Installers: Firewall OS for Citrix Hypervisor (Formerly XenServer).
  3. Click Download.
  4. Extract and save the image on the device that has XenCenter installed.

Deploy the Sophos Firewall OVF image

To deploy the Sophos Firewall OVF image, do as follows:

  1. Start XenCenter.
  2. Right-click on the resource where you want to deploy your firewall and click Import.

    Import source pane.

  3. Click Browse, select the OVF image, and click Open.

    File explorer window with one file selected.

  4. Click Next.

  5. In the Import VM(s) to drop-down list, select the location to which you want to import the virtual machine. Alternatively, you can specify a Home Server.

    Click Next when finished.

    Import VM(s) to selection.

  6. Select the storage repository for your virtual disks and click Next.

    Storage repository selection.

  7. Select the network interface the virtual appliance will use to use to connect to the internet and click Next.

    Network interface selection.

  8. Optional: Select Verify manifest content.

    Verify manifest content selection.

  9. Click Next.

  10. For OS Fixup Settings, keep the default selection: Don't use Operating System Fixup and click Next.

    Operating system fixup dialog with default selection.

  11. Review the configuration summary and click Finish.

    Dialog showing all VM settings.

Configure Sophos Firewall

To power on and configure the virtual firewall, do as follows:

  1. To connect to the firewall, right-click the virtual appliance and click Start.

    Virtual machine connection window showing SFOS startup.

  2. Enter the administrator password admin.

  3. Enter into your web browser to connect to the firewall.
  4. Select Start to open the setup assistant and complete basic setup and registration.


    The setup assistant won't start if you've changed the default password from the CLI console. You can complete the basic setup manually or reset the firewall to default to use the setup assistant.

To manage your Sophos Firewall licenses and subscriptions, see Licensing.