WatchGuard Fireware Essentials

Training Centre Status:    Active
No. of Training Suites:      Two
No. of Trainers:                  Two
Course Availability:           Dates available on Request
Event Locations:                Our Birstall Office in Yorkshire, at your offices, or at one of our scheduled events
Max attendees:                   Five

WatchGuard Training

Upcoming Events
Objectives & Prerequisites


Claranet Cyber Security offers the latest WatchGuard Fireware Essentials technical certification exam and three Technical Competency exams:

  • Firewall Policies
  • Network and Traffic Management

Each of these components cover all the necessary functions that you will require to successfully administer your WatchGuard product and will provide you with officially proctored exam certification.


To successfully complete the WatchGuard Training and WatchGuard Fireware Essentials Exam, you must understand these key concepts:

  • Fireware Knowledge
  • Firebox and XTM device activation and initial setup
  • Network configuration
  • Policy and proxy configuration
  • Subscription services configuration
  • User Authentication
  • Device monitoring, logging, and reporting
  • Branch office and mobile VPN configuration

General IT Knowledge

  • IPv4 networking concepts (DNS, TCP/IP, DHCP, NAT, static routing)
  • General understanding of firewalls

Who should attend?

WatchGuard Training for system managers applies to all administrators of WatchGuard XTM Series, M Series, T Series appliances and/or users of Version 11.x  or higher of WatchGuard Fireware software.

Instructor Led WatchGuard Training

As recommend by WatchGuard, all Claranet Cyber Security WatchGuard Training Courses are led by Authorised and Certified Training Instructors. With over 17 years of experience in WatchGuard, 100’s of installs performed, and as part of a highly skilled Information Security Technical Team you will be sure to leave with all of your expectations met and a wealth of new ideas that will help you manage your firewalls and networks.

Lab Based WatchGuard Training Environment

Regardless of the location of the training Claranet Cyber Security prepares a fully working WatchGuard training lab environment for you to practice and test your skills on. Showcasing the latest WatchGuard Technology, Firmware, and add-on modules you will learn how to configure, use and interpret the latest in WatchGuard Fireware functionality.


Claranet Cyber Security scheduled WatchGuard Training courses are held at either the Birstall Office in West Yorkshire or at venues around the country. Onsite courses are available on request. For a full schedule of events and locations please visit the events calendar here.

Course Content


The WatchGuard training course builds your knowledge on the key areas needed to pass the Fireware Essentials Exam. Categories and skills covered include:
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Device, Administration Configure and install a Firebox or XTM device with the default security settings
,Connect to Fireware XTM Web UI
,Edit a device configuration in Policy Manager
,Install a feature key
,Upgrade and downgrade Fireware XTM OS
,Create a device backup image
,Enable remote administration
,Configure role-based administration
,Understand the default threat protection features of Fireware
Authentication, Configure Firebox authentication for users and groups
, Configure user authentication with a third-party authentication server
“Device Monitoring, Logging, and Reporting”, Use WatchGuard System Manager and Firebox System Manager to monitor a device
, Use Dimension to monitor a device
, Run diagnostic tasks in Firebox System Manager
, Set up a WatchGuard Log Server
, Enable logging to a Dimension Log Server or a WatchGuard Log Server
, Review log messages generated by a Firebox or XTM device
, Understand how to enabled logging for reports
Networking and Network Address Translation (NAT), “Configure an external, trusted, optional, or custom interface”
, Configure secondary network on an interface
, “Add a static route, and read the Route table”
, “Configure WINS and DNS, and why this is important”
, “Understand when to use dynamic NAT, 1-to-1 NAT, static NAT, NAT loopback”
, “Configure dynamic NAT, 1-to-1 NAT, and static NAT”
“Policies, Proxies, and Application Layer Gateways”, Understand policy precedence
, Understand the function of the default firewall policies
, Understand the function of incoming and outgoing proxy actions
, Configure policies for different users and groups
, Configure Firebox authentication for users and groups
, Configure a Firebox to use a third-party authentication server
Subscription Services, “Configure Application Control, WebBlocker, spamBlocker, Gateway AntiVirus, Intrusion Prevention Service, Data Loss Prevention, Reputation Enabled Defense, and APT Blocker”
Virtual Private Networking, Understand the differences between the three branch office VPN types
, Configure a manual BOVPN between two Firebox or XTM devices
, Use log messages to troubleshoot a branch office VPN tunnel
, Understand the differences between the four mobile VPN types
, Configure Mobile VPN with IPSec and Mobile VPN with SSL
, Configure authentication for mobile VPN users

Exam Information

Exam Description


60 multiple choice (select one option), multiple selection (select more than one option), true/false, and matching questions.

Passing score                 75% correct

Time limit                      Two hours

Reference material       You cannot reference printed or online materials during the exam.

Test environment          This is a proctored exam, completed at the training centre


The Fireware Essentials instructor-led course is recommended, but not required.

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