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Table of Contents

Administration Guide

Creating AWS fabric connectors

With FortiManager, you can create a fabric connector for Amazon Web Services (AWS), and then import address names from AWS to automatically create dynamic objects that you can use in policies. When you install the policies to one or more FortiGate units, FortiGate uses the information to communicate with AWS and dynamically populate the objects with IP addresses.

When you create a fabric connector for AWS, you are specifying how FortiGate can communicate directly with AWS.

Requirements:

  • FortiGate is managed by FortiManager.
  • The managed FortiGate unit is configured to work with AWS.
To create a fabric connector object for AWS:
  1. Go to Fabric View > Fabric > External Connectors, and click Create New. The Create New Fabric Connector wizard is displayed.
  2. Under Public SDN, select Amazon Web Services. The Amazon Web Services screen is displayed.

  3. Configure the following options, and then click OK:

    Type

    Displays Amazon Web Services (AWS).

    Name

    Type a name for the fabric connector object.

    Status

    Toggle On to enable the fabric connector object. Toggle OFF to disable the fabric connector object.

    Update Interval (s)

    Specify how often in seconds that the dynamic firewall objects should be updated.

    Access Key ID

    Type the access key ID from AWS.

    Secret Access key

    Type the secret access key from AWS.

    Region Name

    Type the region name from AWS.

    VPC ID

    Type the AWS VPC ID.

  4. Click OK to save the connector.
To complete the fabric connector setup:
  1. Import address names or manually create the dynamic firewall address for the SDN connector. See Importing address names to fabric connectors and Configuring dynamic firewall addresses for fabric connectors.
  2. In the policy package in which you will be creating the new policy, create a firewall policy and include the dynamic firewall address objects for the SDN connector. See Create a new firewall policy.
  3. Install the policy package to FortiGate. See Install a policy package.

    FortiGate communicates with the SDN to dynamically populate the firewall address objects with IP addresses.

Creating AWS fabric connectors

With FortiManager, you can create a fabric connector for Amazon Web Services (AWS), and then import address names from AWS to automatically create dynamic objects that you can use in policies. When you install the policies to one or more FortiGate units, FortiGate uses the information to communicate with AWS and dynamically populate the objects with IP addresses.

When you create a fabric connector for AWS, you are specifying how FortiGate can communicate directly with AWS.

Requirements:

  • FortiGate is managed by FortiManager.
  • The managed FortiGate unit is configured to work with AWS.
To create a fabric connector object for AWS:
  1. Go to Fabric View > Fabric > External Connectors, and click Create New. The Create New Fabric Connector wizard is displayed.
  2. Under Public SDN, select Amazon Web Services. The Amazon Web Services screen is displayed.

  3. Configure the following options, and then click OK:

    Type

    Displays Amazon Web Services (AWS).

    Name

    Type a name for the fabric connector object.

    Status

    Toggle On to enable the fabric connector object. Toggle OFF to disable the fabric connector object.

    Update Interval (s)

    Specify how often in seconds that the dynamic firewall objects should be updated.

    Access Key ID

    Type the access key ID from AWS.

    Secret Access key

    Type the secret access key from AWS.

    Region Name

    Type the region name from AWS.

    VPC ID

    Type the AWS VPC ID.

  4. Click OK to save the connector.
To complete the fabric connector setup:
  1. Import address names or manually create the dynamic firewall address for the SDN connector. See Importing address names to fabric connectors and Configuring dynamic firewall addresses for fabric connectors.
  2. In the policy package in which you will be creating the new policy, create a firewall policy and include the dynamic firewall address objects for the SDN connector. See Create a new firewall policy.
  3. Install the policy package to FortiGate. See Install a policy package.

    FortiGate communicates with the SDN to dynamically populate the firewall address objects with IP addresses.