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Allow manual licensing for FortiGates in air-gap environments

In the Operational Technology industry, industrial equipment is critical and must not be connected to the internet. However, the equipment is still required to be protected by a firewall in this air-gap environment. Without a gateway to FortiGuard in air-gap environments, FortiGuard packages, such as AntiVirus and IPS, must be manually uploaded to the FortiGate. FortiGate licenses can be downloaded from FortiCloud and uploaded manually to the FortiGate.

Note

Manual licensing for air-gap environments is supported only on FortiGate hardware appliances, for both rugged and non-rugged models running FortiOS 7.2.0 or later. Manual licensing is currently not supported on FortiGate virtual machine (VM) appliances.

To manually upload FortiGate licenses in the GUI:
  1. Register the FortiGuard license on FortiCloud. See Registration in the FortiOS Administration Guide for more information.

  2. Download the product entitlement file in FortiCloud:

    1. Go to Products > Product List.

    2. Select the serial number of the FortiGate. The product page opens.

    3. In the License & Key section, click Get The License File. The file downloads to your device in the format FG201E*********ProductEntitlement.lic.

  3. In FortiOS, go to System > FortiGuard. Currently, the status for all services is Pending.

  4. Click Upload License File. The file explorer opens.

  5. Navigate to the product entitlement file and click Open.

    The license file uploads to the FortiGate. Once the upload is complete, the FortiGate shows that it is registered and licensed.

  6. Click Apply.

To manually upgrade the AntiVirus Database in the GUI:
  1. Download the static upgrade file from FortiCloud:

    1. Go to support.fortinet.com.

    2. Go to Download > Download FortiGuard Service Updates > FortiGate.

    3. Select the FortiOS version from the OS Version dropdown.

    4. Select the file from the appropriate FortiGate product model section. The file downloads to your device.

  2. In FortiOS, go to System > FortiGuard and expand the AntiVirus section to view the current licenses.

  3. Click Upgrade Database. The Anti-Virus Database Upgrade pane opens.

  4. Click Upload. The file explorer opens.

  5. Navigate to the static upgrade file and click Open.

  6. Click OK.

  7. Click Apply.

    The AntiVirus Database is upgraded.

To manually upload FortiGate licenses in the CLI:
# execute restore manual-license {ftp | tftp} <license file name> <server> [args]

Allow manual licensing for FortiGates in air-gap environments

In the Operational Technology industry, industrial equipment is critical and must not be connected to the internet. However, the equipment is still required to be protected by a firewall in this air-gap environment. Without a gateway to FortiGuard in air-gap environments, FortiGuard packages, such as AntiVirus and IPS, must be manually uploaded to the FortiGate. FortiGate licenses can be downloaded from FortiCloud and uploaded manually to the FortiGate.

Note

Manual licensing for air-gap environments is supported only on FortiGate hardware appliances, for both rugged and non-rugged models running FortiOS 7.2.0 or later. Manual licensing is currently not supported on FortiGate virtual machine (VM) appliances.

To manually upload FortiGate licenses in the GUI:
  1. Register the FortiGuard license on FortiCloud. See Registration in the FortiOS Administration Guide for more information.

  2. Download the product entitlement file in FortiCloud:

    1. Go to Products > Product List.

    2. Select the serial number of the FortiGate. The product page opens.

    3. In the License & Key section, click Get The License File. The file downloads to your device in the format FG201E*********ProductEntitlement.lic.

  3. In FortiOS, go to System > FortiGuard. Currently, the status for all services is Pending.

  4. Click Upload License File. The file explorer opens.

  5. Navigate to the product entitlement file and click Open.

    The license file uploads to the FortiGate. Once the upload is complete, the FortiGate shows that it is registered and licensed.

  6. Click Apply.

To manually upgrade the AntiVirus Database in the GUI:
  1. Download the static upgrade file from FortiCloud:

    1. Go to support.fortinet.com.

    2. Go to Download > Download FortiGuard Service Updates > FortiGate.

    3. Select the FortiOS version from the OS Version dropdown.

    4. Select the file from the appropriate FortiGate product model section. The file downloads to your device.

  2. In FortiOS, go to System > FortiGuard and expand the AntiVirus section to view the current licenses.

  3. Click Upgrade Database. The Anti-Virus Database Upgrade pane opens.

  4. Click Upload. The file explorer opens.

  5. Navigate to the static upgrade file and click Open.

  6. Click OK.

  7. Click Apply.

    The AntiVirus Database is upgraded.

To manually upload FortiGate licenses in the CLI:
# execute restore manual-license {ftp | tftp} <license file name> <server> [args]