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Getting started

Introduction

Welcome, and thank you for selecting Fortinet Technologies Inc. products for your network.

FortiDDoS 6.0.0 features a clean-sheet new architecture that draws on more than 10 years of FortiDDoS’ DDoS mitigation experience while providing a flexible and forward-looking solution to detect and mitigate Layer 3 to Layer 7 DDoS attacks for enterprise data centers. FortiDDoS uses machine learning and behavior based methods, and monitors hundreds of thousands of networking parameters to build an adaptive baseline of normal activity. It then monitors traffic against that baseline and defends against every DDoS attack.

About this document

This document describes how to deploy a FortiDDoS virtual appliance disk image onto a virtualization server, and how to configure the virtual hardware settings of the virtual appliance. It assumes you have already successfully installed a virtualization server on the physical machine.

This document does not cover initial configuration of the virtual appliance itself, nor ongoing use and maintenance.

System requirements

Before you can install FortiDDoS VM, you must first have virtual machine (VM) environment software (a hardware abstraction layer (HAL) that is sometimes called a hypervisor) on your server. FortiDDoS VM is a virtual appliance that runs inside that environment.

VMware ESXi 5.5 and 6.0 are supported.

Note

For best performance, install FortiDDoS VM on a “bare metal” hypervisor, such as VMware ESXi. Hypervisors that are installed as applications on top of a general purpose operating system (Windows, Mac OS X or Linux) host have fewer computing resources available due to the host OS’s own overhead.

For installation instructions, see the documentation for your VM environment. Go to https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere-hypervisor.html.

Hardware-assisted virtualization (VT) must be enabled in the BIOS. You must also have the VM environment client, such as VMware vSphere Client, installed on a management computer. (A management computer is a desktop or a laptop that you will use to deploy and manage your virtual machines.)

Downloading software and registering with support

When you purchase a FortiDDoS VM, you receive an email that contains a registration number. This is used to download the software, your purchased license, and also to register your purchase with Fortinet Customer Service & Support so that your FortiDDoS will be able to validate its license with Fortinet.

Many Fortinet customer services such as firmware updates, technical support, and FortiGuard services require product registration. For more information, see the Fortinet Knowledge Base article Registration Frequently Asked Questions.

To register & download FortiDDoS and your license:

  1. Log into the Fortinet Customer Service & Support web site: https://support.fortinet.com/
  2. Under Asset, click Register/Renew.
  3. Provide the registration number that was emailed to you when you purchased the software. Registration numbers are a hyphenated string of 25 numbers and characters in groups of 5, such as:
    TLH5R-NUNDP-MC6T7-0DNWA-AP45ZA
    A registration form appears.
  4. Use the form to register your ownership of FortiDDoS. After completing the form, a registration acknowledgment page appears.
  5. Click the License File Download link. Your browser will download the .lic file that was purchased for that registration number.
  6. Click the Home link to return to the initial page.
  7. Under Download, click Firmware Images.
  8. Click theFortiDDoS link and navigate to the version that you want to download.
  9. Download the out.ovf.zip file. The .ovf file contained in the .zip file for new virtual appliance (VM) installations. (The .out image files are for upgrades of existing installations only, and cannot be used for a new installation.)
  10. Extract the file contents from the zip file. In the same directory, you should now see a folder named “image-esx-64” with four files inside:

The FortiDDoS-vm-64-hw4.ovf file is a VMware virtual hardware version 4 image that supports ESXi 3.5. The FortiDDoS-vm-64-hw7.ovf file is a VMware virtual hardware version 7 image that supports ESXi 4.0 and above.

Refer to the VMware support site for information about VMware virtual hardware versions and ESXi versions.

Getting started

Introduction

Welcome, and thank you for selecting Fortinet Technologies Inc. products for your network.

FortiDDoS 6.0.0 features a clean-sheet new architecture that draws on more than 10 years of FortiDDoS’ DDoS mitigation experience while providing a flexible and forward-looking solution to detect and mitigate Layer 3 to Layer 7 DDoS attacks for enterprise data centers. FortiDDoS uses machine learning and behavior based methods, and monitors hundreds of thousands of networking parameters to build an adaptive baseline of normal activity. It then monitors traffic against that baseline and defends against every DDoS attack.

About this document

This document describes how to deploy a FortiDDoS virtual appliance disk image onto a virtualization server, and how to configure the virtual hardware settings of the virtual appliance. It assumes you have already successfully installed a virtualization server on the physical machine.

This document does not cover initial configuration of the virtual appliance itself, nor ongoing use and maintenance.

System requirements

Before you can install FortiDDoS VM, you must first have virtual machine (VM) environment software (a hardware abstraction layer (HAL) that is sometimes called a hypervisor) on your server. FortiDDoS VM is a virtual appliance that runs inside that environment.

VMware ESXi 5.5 and 6.0 are supported.

Note

For best performance, install FortiDDoS VM on a “bare metal” hypervisor, such as VMware ESXi. Hypervisors that are installed as applications on top of a general purpose operating system (Windows, Mac OS X or Linux) host have fewer computing resources available due to the host OS’s own overhead.

For installation instructions, see the documentation for your VM environment. Go to https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere-hypervisor.html.

Hardware-assisted virtualization (VT) must be enabled in the BIOS. You must also have the VM environment client, such as VMware vSphere Client, installed on a management computer. (A management computer is a desktop or a laptop that you will use to deploy and manage your virtual machines.)

Downloading software and registering with support

When you purchase a FortiDDoS VM, you receive an email that contains a registration number. This is used to download the software, your purchased license, and also to register your purchase with Fortinet Customer Service & Support so that your FortiDDoS will be able to validate its license with Fortinet.

Many Fortinet customer services such as firmware updates, technical support, and FortiGuard services require product registration. For more information, see the Fortinet Knowledge Base article Registration Frequently Asked Questions.

To register & download FortiDDoS and your license:

  1. Log into the Fortinet Customer Service & Support web site: https://support.fortinet.com/
  2. Under Asset, click Register/Renew.
  3. Provide the registration number that was emailed to you when you purchased the software. Registration numbers are a hyphenated string of 25 numbers and characters in groups of 5, such as:
    TLH5R-NUNDP-MC6T7-0DNWA-AP45ZA
    A registration form appears.
  4. Use the form to register your ownership of FortiDDoS. After completing the form, a registration acknowledgment page appears.
  5. Click the License File Download link. Your browser will download the .lic file that was purchased for that registration number.
  6. Click the Home link to return to the initial page.
  7. Under Download, click Firmware Images.
  8. Click theFortiDDoS link and navigate to the version that you want to download.
  9. Download the out.ovf.zip file. The .ovf file contained in the .zip file for new virtual appliance (VM) installations. (The .out image files are for upgrades of existing installations only, and cannot be used for a new installation.)
  10. Extract the file contents from the zip file. In the same directory, you should now see a folder named “image-esx-64” with four files inside:

The FortiDDoS-vm-64-hw4.ovf file is a VMware virtual hardware version 4 image that supports ESXi 3.5. The FortiDDoS-vm-64-hw7.ovf file is a VMware virtual hardware version 7 image that supports ESXi 4.0 and above.

Refer to the VMware support site for information about VMware virtual hardware versions and ESXi versions.