Sophos UTM 9
This will be a high level over view of my experience with setting up the Sophos UTM 9 virtual application.
Sophos has a FREE, yes I said free version of their Sophos UTM appliance. This firewall will protect up to 50 IP address. You read more here.
I proceeded to download the ISO file. I was hoping that Sophos had created a OFV file. As I started to install the image I could see they wanted to stay vendor agnostic. The ISO load time on my appliance was around 20 minutes. I started with the minimum requirements. 2 vCPU and 2 GB of memory. There was one issue that I needed to address. No wireless with the virtual appliance.
As I did more research I learned that Sophos also makes access points for their UTM appliance. I have used SonicWall and FortiNet access points. I have been very disappointing in there overall coverage and performance. I decided to purchase the Sophos AP 15 for Firewalls.com. Here is that link. ** You need to purchase a PoE injector or have a PoE switch to make this access point work without an outlet close. You can find the technical specs of the three current models here.
I have been running the appliance and access point for over a week now. I have not had to reboot or power cycle any part of the device. I may have to rebuild my storage shelf but that is another story.