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Administration Guide

Fabric Management

The Fabric Management page allows administrators to manage the firmware running on each FortiGate, FortiAP, and FortiSwitch in the Security Fabric, and to authorize and register these Fabric devices.

The Fabric Management page displays a summary of devices in the Security Fabric that includes:

  • Total number of devices in the Fortinet Security Fabric and the types of devices
  • Upgrade status
  • Device name
  • Device status
  • Registration status
  • Firmware version and maturity level
  • Upgrade status

From the Fabric Management page, administrators can perform the following actions:

Upgrade

Use to upgrade firmware for the selected device.

The Upgrade option uses released firmware images from FortiGuard. Alternately you can download a firmware file from the Fortinet Customer Service & Support website, and upload it for the upgrade process.

See Upgrading individual device firmware and Upgrading individual device firmware by following the upgrade path (federated update).

Fabric Upgrade

Use to upgrade firmware for the root FortiGate as well as all Fabric devices. You can also use this option to upgrade firmware for a non-Security Fabric FortiGate with managed FortiSwitch and FortiAP devices.

The Fabric Upgrade option uses released firmware images from FortiGuard.

See Upgrading all device firmware and Upgrading all device firmware by following the upgrade path (federated update).

Register

Use the Register option to register a selected device to FortiCare.

The FortiGate, and then its service contract, must be registered to have full access to Fortinet Customer Service and Support, and FortiGuard services. The FortiGate can be registered in either the FortiGate GUI or the FortiCloud support portal. The service contract can be registered from the FortiCloud support portal.

See also Registration.

Authorize

Use the Authorize option to authorize a selected device for use. See Authorizing devices.

Before you upgrade FortiGate firmware, it is recommended to learn about firmware updates and firmware maturity levels. See About firmware installations and Firmware maturity levels.

This section also includes the following topics:

The Fabric Management page allows administrators to manage the firmware running on each FortiGate, FortiAP, and FortiSwitch in the Security Fabric, and to authorize and register these Fabric devices.

The Fabric Management page displays a summary of devices in the Security Fabric that includes:

  • Total number of devices in the Fortinet Security Fabric and the types of devices
  • Upgrade status
  • Device name
  • Device status
  • Registration status
  • Firmware version and maturity level
  • Upgrade status

From the Fabric Management page, administrators can perform the following actions:

Upgrade

Use to upgrade firmware for the selected device.

The Upgrade option uses released firmware images from FortiGuard. Alternately you can download a firmware file from the Fortinet Customer Service & Support website, and upload it for the upgrade process.

See Upgrading individual device firmware and Upgrading individual device firmware by following the upgrade path (federated update).

Fabric Upgrade

Use to upgrade firmware for the root FortiGate as well as all Fabric devices. You can also use this option to upgrade firmware for a non-Security Fabric FortiGate with managed FortiSwitch and FortiAP devices.

The Fabric Upgrade option uses released firmware images from FortiGuard.

See Upgrading all device firmware and Upgrading all device firmware by following the upgrade path (federated update).

Register

Use the Register option to register a selected device to FortiCare.

The FortiGate, and then its service contract, must be registered to have full access to Fortinet Customer Service and Support, and FortiGuard services. The FortiGate can be registered in either the FortiGate GUI or the FortiCloud support portal. The service contract can be registered from the FortiCloud support portal.

See also Registration.

Authorize

Use the Authorize option to authorize a selected device for use. See Authorizing devices.

Before you upgrade FortiGate firmware, it is recommended to learn about firmware updates and firmware maturity levels. See About firmware installations and Firmware maturity levels.

This section also includes the following topics: