The migration tool allows users to convert settings from an existing Gen 6 or Gen 6.5 firewall, enabling the creation of a new settings file that can be imported onto the target Gen 7 firewall.
NOTE: Setting migration from Gen6 NSv to Gen7 NSv is supported using Migration Tool for ESxi and HyperV platforms only.
Some customers have noticed issues on a target firewall after directly importing a preference file from a different, platform, into a newly acquired firewall. This is rare and dependent on the configuration and settings on the existing firewall.
Historically some of these issues were related to:
Going from a source firewall to a target firewall with fewer interfaces
SFP module configuration
Internal wireless interfaces
WWAN configuration on USB port
Gen6 Global BWM (this feature is completely redesigned in SonicOS 7.0)
Internal switch limitations (i.e., portshield not allowed on certain ports in the new platform)
As an example, the newly released NSa 2700 with 3x10GB SFP ports, has one fewer port than its predecessor NSa 2650 which had 4x2.5GbE SFP ports.
By using the migration tool a network administrator can avoid the challenges mentioned above.
NOTE:Support for migrating settings from Gen5 firewalls to new Gen7 firewalls will be available in the near future.
Steps to convert existing settings via the migration tool:
On the source SonicWall firewall, upgrade the firmware to the latest GR (General Release). For Gen6/6.5 firewalls, the latest GR is SonicOS 188.8.131.52.
Export and save settings from your existing Gen6/6.5 firewall on the local machine
Select the Product as SonicWall. Browse and upload your settings file.
Choose the Target Product (NSa 2700 in this example) from the Select Target Product list.
Assign interfaces on the target firewall. Map your existing interfaces to the preferred interfaces on NSa 2700. Click Next.
Select the target firmware version for the new settings file - In this example: 7.0.1. Select File to Export as SonicWall (EXP format). Save the file on your local machine.
TIP: Under Advanced section: Drop default access rules from source device and Drop default Nat policy from source device can be selected in order to only migrate custom access rule and Nat policy from source exp file.