Prior to deploying the FortiAuthenticator-VM virtual appliance, either VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESX versions 4.0 or 4.1, ESXi versions 4/5/6), Microsoft Hyper-V Server (2010, 2012 R2, and 2016), or Virtual Machine Manager for KVM must be installed and configured. Note that, Virtual Machine Manager version 1.3.2 was used for the purposes of this document.
The installation instructions for FortiAuthenticator-VM assume you are familiar with both VM platforms and their related terminology.
For more details on all platforms, refer to:
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The following table provides a detailed summary on FortiAuthenticator virtual machine (VM) system requirements. Installing FortiAuthenticator-VM requires that you have already installed a supported VM environment.
|VM form factor||Open Virtualization Format (OVF)|
|Virtual CPUs supported (minimum / maximum)||1 / 64|
|Virtual NICs supported (minimum / maximum)||1 / 4|
|Storage support (minimum / maximum)||60 GB / 16 TB|
|Memory support (minimum / maximum)||2 GB / 1 TB|
|High Availability (HA) support||Yes|
The following table provides FortiAuthenticator-VM sizing guidelines based on typical usage. Actual requirements may vary based on usage patterns.
|1 - 500||1||2 GB||1 TB|
|500 to 2,500||2||4 GB||1 TB|
|2,500 to 7,500||2||8 GB||2 TB|
|7,500 to 25,000||4||16 GB||2 TB|
|25,000 to 75,000||8||32 GB||4 TB|
|75,000 to 250,000||16||64 GB||4 TB|
|250,000 to 750,000||32||128 GB||8 TB|
|750,000 to 2,500,000||64||256 GB||16 TB|
|2,500,000 to 7,500,000||64||512 GB||16 TB|
*1TB is sufficient for any number of users if there is no need for long-term storage of logs onboard FortiAuthenticator.
Fortinet provides FortiAuthenticator-VM firmware images in two formats:
Use this image for new and upgrades to physical appliance installations. Upgrades to existing virtual machine installations are also distributed in this format.
ovf.zip / kvm.zip / hyperv.zip / xen.zip
Used for new VM installations.
For more information see the FortiAuthenticator product datasheet available on the Fortinet web site.