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Administration Guide

Summary of steps

Summary of steps

These steps summarize how to get your FortiGate up and running by using the GUI. For information about the Command Line Interface (CLI), see Using the CLI.

  1. Set up your FortiGate for initial management access with the GUI. See Setting up FortiGate for management access.

    For more information

    Go to

    Physical appliances, such as FortiGate

    Go to FortiGate/FortiOS Hardware Guides to view QuickStart Guides for all supported FortiGate models.

    Hypervisors, such as FortiGate-VM on ESXi, KVM, Hyper-V, and so on. Go to FortiGate Public Cloud or FortiGate Private Cloud and follow the deployment section of the administration guide for your hypervisor, for example, Microsoft Hyper-V Administration Guide > Deployment.

    Depending on the topology and FortiGate model, internet access may not yet be configured for the FortiGate. If no internet access, you cannot yet register the FortiGate with Fortinet until later in the setup.

  2. In the GUI, follow the FortiGate Setup wizard to change the hostname, change the password, and specify a default layout for the FortiOS dashboards. See Completing the FortiGate Setup wizard.

  3. Complete the basic configuration steps for FortiOS. After this step, all FortiGate models should have internet access. See Configuring basic settings.

  4. Register FortiGate with Fortinet by using your FortiCare/FortiCloud account with Fortinet Technical Support (https://support.fortinet.com). See Registering FortiGate.

  5. Configure a policy for the FortiGate to give clients behind FortiGate access to the internet. See Configuring a firewall policy.

  6. Back up the configuration. See Backing up the configuration.

  7. If necessary, troubleshoot the installation. See Troubleshooting your installation.

After completing the Getting started section, next steps can include:

Summary of steps

These steps summarize how to get your FortiGate up and running by using the GUI. For information about the Command Line Interface (CLI), see Using the CLI.

  1. Set up your FortiGate for initial management access with the GUI. See Setting up FortiGate for management access.

    For more information

    Go to

    Physical appliances, such as FortiGate

    Go to FortiGate/FortiOS Hardware Guides to view QuickStart Guides for all supported FortiGate models.

    Hypervisors, such as FortiGate-VM on ESXi, KVM, Hyper-V, and so on. Go to FortiGate Public Cloud or FortiGate Private Cloud and follow the deployment section of the administration guide for your hypervisor, for example, Microsoft Hyper-V Administration Guide > Deployment.

    Depending on the topology and FortiGate model, internet access may not yet be configured for the FortiGate. If no internet access, you cannot yet register the FortiGate with Fortinet until later in the setup.

  2. In the GUI, follow the FortiGate Setup wizard to change the hostname, change the password, and specify a default layout for the FortiOS dashboards. See Completing the FortiGate Setup wizard.

  3. Complete the basic configuration steps for FortiOS. After this step, all FortiGate models should have internet access. See Configuring basic settings.

  4. Register FortiGate with Fortinet by using your FortiCare/FortiCloud account with Fortinet Technical Support (https://support.fortinet.com). See Registering FortiGate.

  5. Configure a policy for the FortiGate to give clients behind FortiGate access to the internet. See Configuring a firewall policy.

  6. Back up the configuration. See Backing up the configuration.

  7. If necessary, troubleshoot the installation. See Troubleshooting your installation.

After completing the Getting started section, next steps can include: