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migrating from wg fb1000 to x500e series

I realize there is no true migration path from the older fb1000 and you have to configure the x500e from scratch... I have downloaded the correct wsm and fireware sw versions and installed on my new management console IT server on the existing nw.  My fb 1000 is in place as normal with a simple cisco 1700 series as a passthrough with t1 feed.  The fb1000 has one dmz with one webserver off of it; this is al live and prodution setup for our office and has been for years.  My hope is to configure the new x500 and then switch out the two pliances and flush my arp on my cisco router.  1. does this sound right, two and most importatnly can I configure the x500,  starting the wizard on the management console, with the x500 only plugged into the trusted LAN without disturbing my existing connections b/w my old fb1000, router, and and lan(switches)?  I'm not sure if I actually need to have it in place off the cisco, etc... ? I'm trying to avoid...

Thanks?
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Elwin3Commented:
Yes sounds about right. I would prep the 550e as close as you can by comparing with the config on the live 1000 box. Make usre you are using the latest versions of software on the new 550e.You can also do some basic testing of funcitionality without plugging into the live LAN, using a couple of pcs/laptops on a test LAN - one either side of the watchguard. You can run IIS on one pc for example to test that you can access port 80 etc.

When migrating - create a list of all the things you would need to test depending on your environment e.g. outgoing internet access, access to webmail from externall etc etc.
Then swap out the box out-of-hours and test - any problems move back to the old box. When happy, go for it. Also backup the configs as you go along, so you have a reference for the future.
hope this helps.
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dee30Author Commented:
Thanks, I wind up just plugging it in with a xover cable and installing all the sw(wsm and latest fireware) on my lap.  Once done, I'll move the final configs over to my new/already in-place IT server mangment console station.  That all said your other ideas were good things to remember, too.  Thx
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