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FortiGate-7000E Handbook

FortiLink support

FortiGate-7000E supports managing FortiSwitch devices over FortiLink. You can manage up to 300 FortiSwitch devices from one FortiGate-7000E.

Use the following command to enable Fortilink support on the GUI and in the CLI:

config system global

set switch-controller enable

end

Managed FortiSwitch GUI pages appear under the WiFi & Switch Controller GUI menu on all VDOMs except mgmt-vdom.

A FortiGate-7000E 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-7000E 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 1-C1 interface to be the FortiLink:

config system interface

edit 1-C1

set auto-auth-extension-device enable

set fortilink enable

end

end

The FortiGate-7000E has the following FortiLink support limitations:

  • The FIM in slot 1 (FIM-01) must be the primary FIM. FortiLink will not work if FIM-02 is the primary FIM.

    Note

    In an HA configuration, if the FIM in slot 1 of the primary FortiGate-7000E fails, the secondary FortiGate-7000E becomes the new primary FortiGate-7000E with a functioning FIM in slot 1 and FortiLink support continues after the failover.

  • FortiGate-7000E for does not support upgrading managed FortiSwitch firmware from the FortiOS Managed FortiSwitch GUI page. Instead you must use the FortiGate-7000E CLI or log into the managed FortiSwitch to upgrade managed FortiSwitch firmware.
  • You can use any FortiGate-7000E interface as the FortiLink. However, using the M1, M2, and management interfaces is not recommended.

For more information about FortiLink support and managing FortiSwitches, see Switch Controller.

FortiLink support

FortiGate-7000E supports managing FortiSwitch devices over FortiLink. You can manage up to 300 FortiSwitch devices from one FortiGate-7000E.

Use the following command to enable Fortilink support on the GUI and in the CLI:

config system global

set switch-controller enable

end

Managed FortiSwitch GUI pages appear under the WiFi & Switch Controller GUI menu on all VDOMs except mgmt-vdom.

A FortiGate-7000E 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-7000E 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 1-C1 interface to be the FortiLink:

config system interface

edit 1-C1

set auto-auth-extension-device enable

set fortilink enable

end

end

The FortiGate-7000E has the following FortiLink support limitations:

  • The FIM in slot 1 (FIM-01) must be the primary FIM. FortiLink will not work if FIM-02 is the primary FIM.

    Note

    In an HA configuration, if the FIM in slot 1 of the primary FortiGate-7000E fails, the secondary FortiGate-7000E becomes the new primary FortiGate-7000E with a functioning FIM in slot 1 and FortiLink support continues after the failover.

  • FortiGate-7000E for does not support upgrading managed FortiSwitch firmware from the FortiOS Managed FortiSwitch GUI page. Instead you must use the FortiGate-7000E CLI or log into the managed FortiSwitch to upgrade managed FortiSwitch firmware.
  • You can use any FortiGate-7000E interface as the FortiLink. However, using the M1, M2, and management interfaces is not recommended.

For more information about FortiLink support and managing FortiSwitches, see Switch Controller.