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Administration Guide

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Dashboard

The dashboard displays your FortiSwitch management mode and shows the current values for the following:

  • CPU
  • RAM
  • Temperature for FortiSwitch models that have temperature sensors
  • PoE (on FortiSwitch PoE models)
  • Bandwidth
  • Losses

Operation mode

The Operation Mode field shows whether the FortiSwitch unit is managed by a FortiGate unit.

When the FortiSwitch unit is in FortiLink mode, a message is displayed above the dashboard, and the Operation Mode is “Remote Management.”

When the FortiSwitch unit is in standalone mode, the Operation Mode is “Local Management.”

Select Remote Management or Local Management to go to the Config > Management Mode page, where you can switch between FortiLink mode and standalone mode.

FortiSwitch Cloud

The FortiSwitchCloud field shows whether the FortiSwitch unit is managed by FortiSwitch Cloud. A FortiSwitch unit must be in standalone mode to be manged by FortiSwitch Cloud. For more details about using FortiSwitch Cloud, refer to the FortiSwitch Cloud Administration Guide.

Select Connected to go to the System > FortiSwitchCloud page.

Select Enable and then select Advanced Settings to configure your FortiSwitch unit to be managed by FortiSwitch Cloud.

To switch to FortiSwitch Cloud management:
  1. On the FortiSwitchCloud page, select Enable and then select Advanced Settings.
  2. By default, the Name field is set to fortiswitch-dispatch.forticloud.com, the domain name for FortiSwitch Cloud. No change is needed.
  3. By default, the Port field is set to 443, the port number used to connect to FortiSwitch Cloud. No change is needed.
  4. In the Interval (Seconds) field, enter the time in seconds allowed for domain name system (DNS) resolution. The default is 15 seconds. The range of values is 3-300 seconds.
  5. Select Update to save your changes.

Bandwidth

The Bandwidth graphs show the inbound and outbound bandwidth for the entire FortiSwitch unit over a day and over a week. The Average Per Interface bar chart shows the average bandwidth (inbound bandwidth plus outbound bandwidth) for each interface over a day and over a week; only the interfaces with the highest bandwidth are displayed.

Losses

The Losses graphs show the inbound errors, outbound errors, inbound drops, and outbound drops for the entire FortiSwitch unit over a day and over a week.

Backing up the system configuration

To back up the configuration from the dashboard:
  1. Go to System > Dashboard.
  2. Next to the System Configuration field, select Backup.
    You can enter a password to encrypt the backup file. Passwords can be up to 15 characters in length.


Checking the license status

Using the GUI:
  1. Go to System > Dashboard.
  2. Check which licenses are currently active.
    They are listed in the Current License field of the System Information section.
Using the CLI:

execute license status

Dashboard

The dashboard displays your FortiSwitch management mode and shows the current values for the following:

  • CPU
  • RAM
  • Temperature for FortiSwitch models that have temperature sensors
  • PoE (on FortiSwitch PoE models)
  • Bandwidth
  • Losses

Operation mode

The Operation Mode field shows whether the FortiSwitch unit is managed by a FortiGate unit.

When the FortiSwitch unit is in FortiLink mode, a message is displayed above the dashboard, and the Operation Mode is “Remote Management.”

When the FortiSwitch unit is in standalone mode, the Operation Mode is “Local Management.”

Select Remote Management or Local Management to go to the Config > Management Mode page, where you can switch between FortiLink mode and standalone mode.

FortiSwitch Cloud

The FortiSwitchCloud field shows whether the FortiSwitch unit is managed by FortiSwitch Cloud. A FortiSwitch unit must be in standalone mode to be manged by FortiSwitch Cloud. For more details about using FortiSwitch Cloud, refer to the FortiSwitch Cloud Administration Guide.

Select Connected to go to the System > FortiSwitchCloud page.

Select Enable and then select Advanced Settings to configure your FortiSwitch unit to be managed by FortiSwitch Cloud.

To switch to FortiSwitch Cloud management:
  1. On the FortiSwitchCloud page, select Enable and then select Advanced Settings.
  2. By default, the Name field is set to fortiswitch-dispatch.forticloud.com, the domain name for FortiSwitch Cloud. No change is needed.
  3. By default, the Port field is set to 443, the port number used to connect to FortiSwitch Cloud. No change is needed.
  4. In the Interval (Seconds) field, enter the time in seconds allowed for domain name system (DNS) resolution. The default is 15 seconds. The range of values is 3-300 seconds.
  5. Select Update to save your changes.

Bandwidth

The Bandwidth graphs show the inbound and outbound bandwidth for the entire FortiSwitch unit over a day and over a week. The Average Per Interface bar chart shows the average bandwidth (inbound bandwidth plus outbound bandwidth) for each interface over a day and over a week; only the interfaces with the highest bandwidth are displayed.

Losses

The Losses graphs show the inbound errors, outbound errors, inbound drops, and outbound drops for the entire FortiSwitch unit over a day and over a week.

Backing up the system configuration

To back up the configuration from the dashboard:
  1. Go to System > Dashboard.
  2. Next to the System Configuration field, select Backup.
    You can enter a password to encrypt the backup file. Passwords can be up to 15 characters in length.


Checking the license status

Using the GUI:
  1. Go to System > Dashboard.
  2. Check which licenses are currently active.
    They are listed in the Current License field of the System Information section.
Using the CLI:

execute license status