FortiGate-6000 and 7000 for FortiOS 6.0.6 supports managing FortiSwitch devices over FortiLink. You can manage up to 300 FortiSwitch devices from one FortiGate-6000 or 7000.
FortiGate-6000 and 7000 for FortiOS 6.0.6 does not support upgrading managed FortiSwitch firmware from the FortiOS Managed FortiSwitch GUI page. Instead you must use the FortiGate-6000 or 7000 CLI or log into the managed FortiSwitch to upgrade managed FortiSwitch firmware.
Use the following command to enable Fortilink support:
config system global
set switch-controller enable
The Managed FortiSwitch GUI pages appear under the WiFi & Switch Controller GUI menu.
A FortiGate-6000 or 7000 manages one or more FortiSwitches through one active FortiLink. The FortiLink can consist of one physical interface or multiple physical interfaces in a LAG. To set up a FortiGate interface as a FortiLink, from the GUI go to Network > Interface, select an interface, and set the Addressing mode to Dedicated to FortiSwitch.
You can also use the following CLI command to set the port7 interface of a FortiGate-6000 device to be the FortiLink:
config system interface
set auto-auth-extension-device enable
set fortilink enable
You can use any traffic interface as the FortiLink. Using the HA and management interfaces is not supported.
For more information about FortiLink support and managing FortiSwitches, see FortiSwitch devices managed by FortiOS.
FortiGate-7000 FortiLink limitations
The FortiGate-7000 has the following FortiLink limitations:
The FIM in slot 1 (FIM-01) must be the primary FIM. FortiLink will not work if FIM-02 is the primary FIM.
In an HA configuration, if the FIM in slot 1 of the primary FortiGate-7000 fails, the backup FortiGate-7000 becomes the new primary FortiGate-7000 with a functioning FIM in slot 1 and FortiLink support continues after the failover.
- FortiGate-7000 for FortiOS 6.0.6 does not support upgrading managed FortiSwitch firmware from the FortiOS Managed FortiSwitch GUI page. Instead you must use the FortiGate-7000 CLI or log into the managed FortiSwitch to upgrade managed FortiSwitch firmware.