This documentation assumes that before deploying the FortiGate-VM on the VMware ESXi virtual platform, you have addressed the following requirements:
You have installed the VMware ESXi software on a physical server with sufficient resources to support the FortiGate-VM and all other VMs deployed on the platform.
If you configure the FortiGate-VM to operate in transparent mode, or include it in a FortiGate clustering protocol (FGCP) high availability (HA) cluster, ensure that you have configured any virtual switches to support the FortiGate-VM's operation before you create the FortiGate-VM.
The VMware ESXi management software, vSphere, is installed on a computer with network access to the VMware ESXi server.
An Internet connection is required for the FortiGate-VM to contact FortiGuard to validate its license. If the FortiGate-VM is in a closed environment, it must be able to connect to a FortiManager to validate the FortiGate-VM license. See Validating the FortiGate-VM license with FortiManager.