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Devices Managed by FortiOS

Determining the network topology

The FortiGate unit requires an active FortiLink interface to manage all of the subtending FortiSwitch units (called stacking).

You can configure the FortiLink as a physical interface or as a logical interface (associated with one or more physical interfaces). Depending on the network topology, you can also configure a standby FortiLink.

NOTE: For any of the topologies:

  • All of the managed FortiSwitch units will function as one Layer-2 stack where the FortiGate unit manages each FortiSwitch separately.
  • The active FortiLink carries data as well as management traffic.

This section covers the following topics:

Determining the network topology

The FortiGate unit requires an active FortiLink interface to manage all of the subtending FortiSwitch units (called stacking).

You can configure the FortiLink as a physical interface or as a logical interface (associated with one or more physical interfaces). Depending on the network topology, you can also configure a standby FortiLink.

NOTE: For any of the topologies:

  • All of the managed FortiSwitch units will function as one Layer-2 stack where the FortiGate unit manages each FortiSwitch separately.
  • The active FortiLink carries data as well as management traffic.

This section covers the following topics: