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FortiGate-7000F Handbook

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FortiLink support

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

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-7000F 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-7000F 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-P12 interface to be the FortiLink:

config system interface

edit 1-P12

set auto-auth-extension-device enable

set fortilink enable

end

end

The FortiGate-7000F 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-7000F fails, the secondary FortiGate-7000F becomes the new primary FortiGate-7000F with a functioning FIM in slot 1 and FortiLink support continues after the failover.

  • The FortiGate-7000F does not support upgrading managed FortiSwitch firmware from the FortiOS Managed FortiSwitch GUI page. Instead you must use the FortiGate-7000F CLI or log into the managed FortiSwitch to upgrade managed FortiSwitch firmware.
  • You can use any FortiGate-7000F interface as the FortiLink. However, using the M1 to M4, MGMT1, and MGMT2 interfaces is not recommended.

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

FortiLink support

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

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-7000F 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-7000F 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-P12 interface to be the FortiLink:

config system interface

edit 1-P12

set auto-auth-extension-device enable

set fortilink enable

end

end

The FortiGate-7000F 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-7000F fails, the secondary FortiGate-7000F becomes the new primary FortiGate-7000F with a functioning FIM in slot 1 and FortiLink support continues after the failover.

  • The FortiGate-7000F does not support upgrading managed FortiSwitch firmware from the FortiOS Managed FortiSwitch GUI page. Instead you must use the FortiGate-7000F CLI or log into the managed FortiSwitch to upgrade managed FortiSwitch firmware.
  • You can use any FortiGate-7000F interface as the FortiLink. However, using the M1 to M4, MGMT1, and MGMT2 interfaces is not recommended.

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