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Migrating Physical to Virtual IronPort Appliances

Login to Putty _ Run Version

Get the serial numbers and Add Licenses if its not added in the manage licenes console.


Choose the Appliance which you want to migrate and click on licenses _ move licenses _ Share Licenses _ Get activation Code


Choose Product _ Iron Port Product – SW Bundles

Enter the last part of the serial number and choose destination appliance type Virtual

Leave the target appliance number empty and enter the email address and Click on request code.


Choose  licenses _ move licenses _ Share Licenses _ Use activation Code _ Enter the received activation code.


Click on Get License _


Once you receive the license . Download the same version of the virtual appliance and deploy the OVF Template with Thin Provision in my case.

there are different variety of appliances based on sizes . you can choose the appliance based on the user base. it should not affect your license .as your license is on user and feature based and not on the appliance sizing.

I had to download 11.0.3 as it was C170 Appliance.


username admin

password  ironport

run interfaceconfig to get the ips configured


Configure IPs



Once interface is configured you putty to it using default cred and run loadlicense copy the license from the xml file you received.


Remove the appliance from the cluster using clusterconfig _ removemachine

and then take the copy of config file


Login to the existing hardware appliance _ system configuration _ Download the configuration in plain text


Take a copy of Hardware Config File  – 2 Network

Take a copy of Virtual Config File – 3 Network

Copy pasted this part and replaced from hardware configure file and imported to the virtual appliance.


Trying to upgrade and make it to the same version of the cluster.


Error:  Failure downloading upgrade list: received invalid update manifest response
Check where the server is pointing to for pulling the list of updates:

Run the following commands via the CLI:

While joining back to cluster


logconfig _ hostkeyconfig _ delete the keys Try again.

Do the same or the all the physical Iron port appliances

Do the same for Centralized management appliance if your using the same IP and Name and click on submit to verify and add the appliances again. if you wish to upgrade the virtual appliances you need to remove the hardware appliances from the cluster as the virtual appliances can update to the latest version but not the old hardware (All versions need to be same in ironport cluster)

Satheshwaran Manoharan
Satheshwaran Manoharanhttps://www.azure365pro.com
Award-winning Technology Leader with a wealth of experience running large teams and diversified industry exposure in cloud computing. From shipping lines to rolling stocks.In-depth expertise in driving cloud adoption strategies and modernizing systems to cloud native. Specialized in Microsoft Cloud, DevOps, and Microsoft 365 Stack and conducted numerous successful projects worldwide. Also, Acting as a Technical Advisor for various start-ups.

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