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Creating fabric connectors for Alibaba Cloud Service

You can use FortiManager to create SDN fabric connectors for Alibaba Cloud Service, and then install the fabric connectors to FortiGates.

The fabric connectors in FortiManager define the type of connector and include information for FortiGate to communicate with and authenticate with the products. In some cases FortiGate units must communicate with products through the Fortinet SDN Connector, and in other cases FortiGate units communicate directly with the products.

FortiGate works with Fortinet SDN Connector to communicate with Alibaba Cloud Service.

For more information about Fortinet SDN Connector, see the Fortinet Document Library.

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You cannot import a policy package for Fortinet SDN Connector from FortiGate to FortiManager.

Following is an overview of how to create fabric connectors for Alibaba Cloud Service by using FortiManager:

  1. Create a fabric connector object for Alibaba Cloud Service. See Creating Fabric Connector objects for Alibaba Cloud Service .
  2. Create dynamic firewall address objects. See Configuring dynamic firewall addresses for fabric connectors.

    You cannot import address names from Alibaba Cloud Service to FortiManager.

  3. In the policy package in which you will be creating the new policy, create an IPv4 policy and include the firewall address objects for Alibaba Cloud Service. See Creating IP policies.
  4. Install the policy package to FortiGate. See Installing policy packages.

    FortiGate communicates with Alibaba Cloud Service to dynamically populate the firewall address objects with IP addresses.

Creating fabric connectors for Alibaba Cloud Service

You can use FortiManager to create SDN fabric connectors for Alibaba Cloud Service, and then install the fabric connectors to FortiGates.

The fabric connectors in FortiManager define the type of connector and include information for FortiGate to communicate with and authenticate with the products. In some cases FortiGate units must communicate with products through the Fortinet SDN Connector, and in other cases FortiGate units communicate directly with the products.

FortiGate works with Fortinet SDN Connector to communicate with Alibaba Cloud Service.

For more information about Fortinet SDN Connector, see the Fortinet Document Library.

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You cannot import a policy package for Fortinet SDN Connector from FortiGate to FortiManager.

Following is an overview of how to create fabric connectors for Alibaba Cloud Service by using FortiManager:

  1. Create a fabric connector object for Alibaba Cloud Service. See Creating Fabric Connector objects for Alibaba Cloud Service .
  2. Create dynamic firewall address objects. See Configuring dynamic firewall addresses for fabric connectors.

    You cannot import address names from Alibaba Cloud Service to FortiManager.

  3. In the policy package in which you will be creating the new policy, create an IPv4 policy and include the firewall address objects for Alibaba Cloud Service. See Creating IP policies.
  4. Install the policy package to FortiGate. See Installing policy packages.

    FortiGate communicates with Alibaba Cloud Service to dynamically populate the firewall address objects with IP addresses.