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Install Sophos Firewall on Hyper-V

You can deploy a Sophos Firewall VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) on Microsoft Hyper-V.

Download the VHD

To download the .zip file containing the VHD for deploying Sophos Firewall on Microsoft Hyper-V, do as follows:

  1. Go to Firewall Installers.
  2. Scroll to Virtual Installers: Firewall OS for Hyper-V.
  3. Click Download.
  4. Extract and save the image on the management device that has the Hyper-V Manager installed.

Deploy the Sophos Firewall VHD

To deploy the VHD, do as follows:

  1. Open the Hyper-V Manager. Go to Action > Connect to Server to connect to the host server.

    Select computer dialog with IP address entered.

  2. Go to Action > New and select Virtual Machine.

    Action menu with virtual machine selected.

    The New Virtual Machine Wizard opens. Click Next.

    New virtual machine wizard screen.

  3. Specify a name and location for the virtual appliance, then click Next.

    Specify name and location tab of new virtual machine wizard.

  4. Select Generation 1 and click Next.

    Specify generation tab of new virtual machine wizard.

  5. For Startup memory, enter at least 4096 MB and click Next.

    Assign memory tab of new virtual machine wizard.

  6. Select the network interface for the appliance and click Next.

    Configure networking tab of new virtual machine wizard.

  7. Select Use an existing virtual hard disk and click Browse.

  8. Select PRIMARY-DISK.vhd and click Open.
  9. Click Next.
  10. Verify the summary and click Finish.

    Summary tab of new virtual machine wizard.

The virtual machine's basic setup is complete.

Add the second NIC and auxiliary disk

To add the second network interface and auxiliary disk, do as follows:

  1. Right-click the firewall and select Settings.
  2. Under Hardware, select Network Adapter and click Add.

    Hardware pane with network adapter selected.

  3. Click Apply.

  4. To add an auxiliary disk, select SCSI Controller, select Hard Drive, and click Add.

    Hardware pane with SCSI controller selected.

  5. Select Virtual hard disk and click Browse.

  6. Select AUXILIARY-DISK.vhd and click Open.
  7. Click OK.

    Virtual hard disk selected showing path to auxiliary disk.

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 Connect.

    Hyper-V Manager with firewall selected and menu open.

  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.