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Permanent trial mode for FortiGate-VM 7.2.1

A permanent evaluation VM license replaces the 15 day evaluation period for FortiGate-VM. The evaluation VM license applies to all private cloud (VMware ESXi, KVM, and so on) and all bring your own license (BYOL) public cloud instances.

When spinning up a new FortiGate-VM, you choose to log in to FortiCare to activate the VM trial or upload a new license.

Limitations of the evaluation VM license include the following:

  • Maximum of one free evaluation copy per FortiCare account
  • Support for low encryption operation only, except for GUI management access and FortiManager communications
  • Maximum of 1 CPU and 2 GB of memory
  • Maximum of three interfaces, firewall policies, and routes
  • No FortiCare support
  • No FortiGuard support
To obtain the permanent VM trial license from FortiCare using the CLI:
  1. A newly deployed FortiGate-VM no longer has a valid evaluation license, even if the instance has only 1 CPU and 2 GB of memory. Run get sys stat. The following output is expected:

    Version: FortiGate-VM64 v7.2.1,build1242,220715 (interim)

    ...

    Serial-Number: FGVMEVNXFLTGKOBC

    License Status: Invalid

    VM Resources: 1 CPU/1 allowed, 2007 MB RAM/2048 MB allowed

  2. Obtain the permanent VM trial license from FortiCare:

    exec vm-license-options account-id xxxx@fortinet.com

    exec vm-license-options account-password xxxxxxx

    exec vm-license This VM is using the evaluation license. This license does not expire. Limitations of the Evaluation VM license include: 1.Support for low encryption operation only 2.Maximum of 1 CPU and 2GiB of memory 3.Maximum of three interfaces, firewall policies, and routes each 4.No FortiCare Support This operation will reboot the system ! Do you want to continue? (y/n)y Connection to 10.6.30.74 closed.

  3. You can run the following commands to check that the permanent VM trial license is valid:
    • get sys stat. The following output is expected:

      Version: FortiGate-VM64 v7.2.1,build1242,220715 (interim) ... Serial-Number: FGVMEVNXFLTGKOBC License Status: Valid VM Resources: 1 CPU/1 allowed, 2007 MB RAM/2048 MB allowed

    • diagnose hardware sysinfo vm full. The following output is expected:

      UUID: 4213dbbc94f2520b0d75eeafe1b319c7 valid: 1 status: 1 code: 0 warn: 0 copy: 0 received: 4294939472 warning: 4294939472 recv: 202207162014 dup:

    • diagnose debug vm-print-license. The following output is expected:

      SerialNumber: FGVMEVNXFLTGKOBC CreateDate: Sat Jul 16 20:11:15 2022 UUID: 4213dbbc94f2520b0d75eeafe1b319c7 Key: yes Cert: yes Key2: yes Cert2: yes Model: EVAL (1) CPU: 1 MEM: 2048 VDOM license: permanent: 2 subscription: 0

To obtain the permanent VM trial license from FortiCare using the GUI:
  1. When unlicensed, the FortiOS GUI allows you to download the permanent VM trial license from FortiCare with your FortiCare account credentials. In the FortiGate VM License page, for How will you license this VM?, select Evaluation License.

  2. In the Email field, enter your FortiCare account email address.
  3. In the Password field, enter your FortiCare account password.
  4. Click OK. When a permanent VM trial license is applied, the FortiOS, the GUI shows a summary of the license limitations and allows you to upload a paid VM license.

To allow FortiManager to apply a license to an unlicensed FortiGate-VM instance:
  1. Confirm that the FortiGate is unlicensed by running get system status in the FortiOS CLI. The following shows expected output for this command:

    Version: FortiGate-VM64-AZURE v7.2.1,build1252,220728 (interim) ... Serial-Number: FGVMEVTN8UP4KIA6 License Status: Invalid VM Resources: 1 CPU/1 allowed, 1945 MB RAM/2048 MB allowed

  2. In the FortiOS CLI, configure the FortiManager as central management:

    config system central-management set type fortimanager set fmg "<FortiManager IP address>" end

  3. In FortiManager, configure the VM license as Installing VM licenses describes.

Permanent trial mode for FortiGate-VM 7.2.1

A permanent evaluation VM license replaces the 15 day evaluation period for FortiGate-VM. The evaluation VM license applies to all private cloud (VMware ESXi, KVM, and so on) and all bring your own license (BYOL) public cloud instances.

When spinning up a new FortiGate-VM, you choose to log in to FortiCare to activate the VM trial or upload a new license.

Limitations of the evaluation VM license include the following:

  • Maximum of one free evaluation copy per FortiCare account
  • Support for low encryption operation only, except for GUI management access and FortiManager communications
  • Maximum of 1 CPU and 2 GB of memory
  • Maximum of three interfaces, firewall policies, and routes
  • No FortiCare support
  • No FortiGuard support
To obtain the permanent VM trial license from FortiCare using the CLI:
  1. A newly deployed FortiGate-VM no longer has a valid evaluation license, even if the instance has only 1 CPU and 2 GB of memory. Run get sys stat. The following output is expected:

    Version: FortiGate-VM64 v7.2.1,build1242,220715 (interim)

    ...

    Serial-Number: FGVMEVNXFLTGKOBC

    License Status: Invalid

    VM Resources: 1 CPU/1 allowed, 2007 MB RAM/2048 MB allowed

  2. Obtain the permanent VM trial license from FortiCare:

    exec vm-license-options account-id xxxx@fortinet.com

    exec vm-license-options account-password xxxxxxx

    exec vm-license This VM is using the evaluation license. This license does not expire. Limitations of the Evaluation VM license include: 1.Support for low encryption operation only 2.Maximum of 1 CPU and 2GiB of memory 3.Maximum of three interfaces, firewall policies, and routes each 4.No FortiCare Support This operation will reboot the system ! Do you want to continue? (y/n)y Connection to 10.6.30.74 closed.

  3. You can run the following commands to check that the permanent VM trial license is valid:
    • get sys stat. The following output is expected:

      Version: FortiGate-VM64 v7.2.1,build1242,220715 (interim) ... Serial-Number: FGVMEVNXFLTGKOBC License Status: Valid VM Resources: 1 CPU/1 allowed, 2007 MB RAM/2048 MB allowed

    • diagnose hardware sysinfo vm full. The following output is expected:

      UUID: 4213dbbc94f2520b0d75eeafe1b319c7 valid: 1 status: 1 code: 0 warn: 0 copy: 0 received: 4294939472 warning: 4294939472 recv: 202207162014 dup:

    • diagnose debug vm-print-license. The following output is expected:

      SerialNumber: FGVMEVNXFLTGKOBC CreateDate: Sat Jul 16 20:11:15 2022 UUID: 4213dbbc94f2520b0d75eeafe1b319c7 Key: yes Cert: yes Key2: yes Cert2: yes Model: EVAL (1) CPU: 1 MEM: 2048 VDOM license: permanent: 2 subscription: 0

To obtain the permanent VM trial license from FortiCare using the GUI:
  1. When unlicensed, the FortiOS GUI allows you to download the permanent VM trial license from FortiCare with your FortiCare account credentials. In the FortiGate VM License page, for How will you license this VM?, select Evaluation License.

  2. In the Email field, enter your FortiCare account email address.
  3. In the Password field, enter your FortiCare account password.
  4. Click OK. When a permanent VM trial license is applied, the FortiOS, the GUI shows a summary of the license limitations and allows you to upload a paid VM license.

To allow FortiManager to apply a license to an unlicensed FortiGate-VM instance:
  1. Confirm that the FortiGate is unlicensed by running get system status in the FortiOS CLI. The following shows expected output for this command:

    Version: FortiGate-VM64-AZURE v7.2.1,build1252,220728 (interim) ... Serial-Number: FGVMEVTN8UP4KIA6 License Status: Invalid VM Resources: 1 CPU/1 allowed, 1945 MB RAM/2048 MB allowed

  2. In the FortiOS CLI, configure the FortiManager as central management:

    config system central-management set type fortimanager set fmg "<FortiManager IP address>" end

  3. In FortiManager, configure the VM license as Installing VM licenses describes.