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Administration Guide

20.4.0
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Introduction

FortiSwitch Cloud provides management as a service (MaaS) for secure switching infrastructure deployed with FortiSwitch devices. It provides a centralized discovery, visibility, and configuration management solution without the need of on-premise hardware, software, or management overhead.

FortiSwitch Cloud manages FortiSwitch devices in standalone mode.

Services available

  • Dynamic discovery of a device
  • Account dashboard
    • Quick snapshot of online devices and PoE power
    • Bandwidth usage
    • Critical events
  • Multi-user support for an account
  • List and detail view of all devices added on the account
  • Device-level interface with global view
  • Connect to a device (CLI or GUI) individually from portal
  • Upgrade device software
  • Back up, modify, and restore device configuration
  • Check the status of each FortiSwitch unit (online or offline)
  • Check the port configuration for all FortiSwitch units
  • Decrease debugging time if you need assistance from FortiCare Support Services
  • Topology display
  • Port administration-status configuration
  • PoE configuration
  • Switch interface list
  • Trunk (LAG) configuration
  • VLAN assignment to ports
  • List of MAC addresses configured for each FortiSwitch unit
  • System and audit logs
  • Zero-touch configuration
  • Switch groups
  • Scheduled switch upgrades
  • Email notifications
  • Support token authentication for REST API
  • Packet capture
  • Auto topology
  • Scheduled daily backups
  • VLAN configuration
  • VLAN templates
  • Remote authentication
  • Port security

Supported models

FortiSwitch Cloud supports all FortiSwitch units running FortiSwitchOS Release 6.0.0 or later.

Whatʼs new in FortiSwitch Cloud version 20.4.0

The following is a list of new features and enhancements in FortiSwitch Cloud version 20.4.0:

  • You can now configure RADIUS and TACACS authentication for multiple FortiSwitch units.
  • You can now manage RADIUS and TACACS servers.
  • You can now create remote authentication server groups for RADIUS and TACACS servers.
  • You can now configure 802.1x port-based or MAC-based authentication on an interface and edit the global 802.1x-authentication settings.
  • You can now use quotation marks around a search term to limit results to exact matches.

How this guide is organized

This guide is organized into the following sections:

  • How to get started describes what to do to use FortiSwitch Cloud.
  • Dashboard describes how to use the Dashboard page to see a snapshot of FortiSwitch activity that occurred in the last 24 hours.
  • Topology describes how to view the switch topology.
  • Switch describes how to use the Switch page to manage the FortiSwitch configuration and to use switch tags.
  • Configuration describes how to use the Configuration page to configure switches, ports, interfaces, VLANs, and remote authentication servers and to create zero-touch configurations, scheduled upgrades, packet capture profiles, VLAN templates, and user groups.
  • Monitor describes how to use the Monitor page to check modules, MAC addresses, switch and port statistics; FortiSwitch units using PoE, LLDP, or 802.1x authentication; STP instances; DHCP-snooping and IGMP-snooping databases; logs; and the status of zero-touch configurations, scheduled upgrades, and packet captures.
  • My Account describes how to use the My Account page to review your account, deploy FortiSwitch units to FortiSwitch Cloud, and change your notification and backup settings.

Introduction

FortiSwitch Cloud provides management as a service (MaaS) for secure switching infrastructure deployed with FortiSwitch devices. It provides a centralized discovery, visibility, and configuration management solution without the need of on-premise hardware, software, or management overhead.

FortiSwitch Cloud manages FortiSwitch devices in standalone mode.

Services available

  • Dynamic discovery of a device
  • Account dashboard
    • Quick snapshot of online devices and PoE power
    • Bandwidth usage
    • Critical events
  • Multi-user support for an account
  • List and detail view of all devices added on the account
  • Device-level interface with global view
  • Connect to a device (CLI or GUI) individually from portal
  • Upgrade device software
  • Back up, modify, and restore device configuration
  • Check the status of each FortiSwitch unit (online or offline)
  • Check the port configuration for all FortiSwitch units
  • Decrease debugging time if you need assistance from FortiCare Support Services
  • Topology display
  • Port administration-status configuration
  • PoE configuration
  • Switch interface list
  • Trunk (LAG) configuration
  • VLAN assignment to ports
  • List of MAC addresses configured for each FortiSwitch unit
  • System and audit logs
  • Zero-touch configuration
  • Switch groups
  • Scheduled switch upgrades
  • Email notifications
  • Support token authentication for REST API
  • Packet capture
  • Auto topology
  • Scheduled daily backups
  • VLAN configuration
  • VLAN templates
  • Remote authentication
  • Port security

Supported models

FortiSwitch Cloud supports all FortiSwitch units running FortiSwitchOS Release 6.0.0 or later.

Whatʼs new in FortiSwitch Cloud version 20.4.0

The following is a list of new features and enhancements in FortiSwitch Cloud version 20.4.0:

  • You can now configure RADIUS and TACACS authentication for multiple FortiSwitch units.
  • You can now manage RADIUS and TACACS servers.
  • You can now create remote authentication server groups for RADIUS and TACACS servers.
  • You can now configure 802.1x port-based or MAC-based authentication on an interface and edit the global 802.1x-authentication settings.
  • You can now use quotation marks around a search term to limit results to exact matches.

How this guide is organized

This guide is organized into the following sections:

  • How to get started describes what to do to use FortiSwitch Cloud.
  • Dashboard describes how to use the Dashboard page to see a snapshot of FortiSwitch activity that occurred in the last 24 hours.
  • Topology describes how to view the switch topology.
  • Switch describes how to use the Switch page to manage the FortiSwitch configuration and to use switch tags.
  • Configuration describes how to use the Configuration page to configure switches, ports, interfaces, VLANs, and remote authentication servers and to create zero-touch configurations, scheduled upgrades, packet capture profiles, VLAN templates, and user groups.
  • Monitor describes how to use the Monitor page to check modules, MAC addresses, switch and port statistics; FortiSwitch units using PoE, LLDP, or 802.1x authentication; STP instances; DHCP-snooping and IGMP-snooping databases; logs; and the status of zero-touch configurations, scheduled upgrades, and packet captures.
  • My Account describes how to use the My Account page to review your account, deploy FortiSwitch units to FortiSwitch Cloud, and change your notification and backup settings.