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Firmware maturity levels

Starting with FortiOS 7.2.0, released FortiOS firmware images use tags to indicate the following maturity levels:

  • The Feature tag indicates that the firmware release includes new features.
  • The Mature tag indicates that the firmware release includes no new, major features. Mature firmware will contain bug fixes and vulnerability patches where applicable.

Administrators can use the tags to identify the maturity level of the current firmware in the GUI or CLI.

Administrators can view the maturity level of each firmware image that is available for upgrade on the Fabric Management page. When upgrading from mature firmware to feature firmware, a warning message is displayed.

Note

To demonstrate the functionality of this feature, this example uses FortiGates that are running fictitious build numbers.

To view maturity levels for firmware in the GUI:
  1. Go to Dashboard > Status. The Firmware field in the System Information widget displays the version with build number and either (Mature) or (Feature).

    The following is an example of firmware with the (Mature) tag:

    The following is an example of firmware with the (Feature) tag:

  2. Go to System > Fabric Management. The Firmware Version column displays the version with build number and either (Mature) or (Feature).

    The following is an example of firmware with the (Feature) tag:

  3. Select a device, and click Upgrade. The FortiGate Upgrade pane is displayed.
  4. Click the Latest tab to view the latest available firmware version with its maturity level.

    In the following example, the latest firmware version is mature:

  5. Click the All Upgrades tab to view all available firmware versions and their maturity levels.

    A gray box around the version number and the label Feature identifies feature firmware version. A green box around the version with the label Mature identifies a mature firmware version.

  6. Select a version and click Confirm and Backup Config.

    When the firmware version is a feature release, a warning is displayed.

To view maturity levels for firmware in the CLI:
# get system status
Version: FortiGate-301E v7.4.0,build0810,220307 (GA.F)
...

In this example, the Version field includes .F to indicate that the maturity level is feature.

# get system status
Version: FortiGate-301E v7.2.2,build0610,220304 (GA.M)
...

In this example, the Version field includes .M to indicate that the maturity level is mature.

Starting with FortiOS 7.2.0, released FortiOS firmware images use tags to indicate the following maturity levels:

  • The Feature tag indicates that the firmware release includes new features.
  • The Mature tag indicates that the firmware release includes no new, major features. Mature firmware will contain bug fixes and vulnerability patches where applicable.

Administrators can use the tags to identify the maturity level of the current firmware in the GUI or CLI.

Administrators can view the maturity level of each firmware image that is available for upgrade on the Fabric Management page. When upgrading from mature firmware to feature firmware, a warning message is displayed.

Note

To demonstrate the functionality of this feature, this example uses FortiGates that are running fictitious build numbers.

To view maturity levels for firmware in the GUI:
  1. Go to Dashboard > Status. The Firmware field in the System Information widget displays the version with build number and either (Mature) or (Feature).

    The following is an example of firmware with the (Mature) tag:

    The following is an example of firmware with the (Feature) tag:

  2. Go to System > Fabric Management. The Firmware Version column displays the version with build number and either (Mature) or (Feature).

    The following is an example of firmware with the (Feature) tag:

  3. Select a device, and click Upgrade. The FortiGate Upgrade pane is displayed.
  4. Click the Latest tab to view the latest available firmware version with its maturity level.

    In the following example, the latest firmware version is mature:

  5. Click the All Upgrades tab to view all available firmware versions and their maturity levels.

    A gray box around the version number and the label Feature identifies feature firmware version. A green box around the version with the label Mature identifies a mature firmware version.

  6. Select a version and click Confirm and Backup Config.

    When the firmware version is a feature release, a warning is displayed.

To view maturity levels for firmware in the CLI:
# get system status
Version: FortiGate-301E v7.4.0,build0810,220307 (GA.F)
...

In this example, the Version field includes .F to indicate that the maturity level is feature.

# get system status
Version: FortiGate-301E v7.2.2,build0610,220304 (GA.M)
...

In this example, the Version field includes .M to indicate that the maturity level is mature.