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Administration Guide

Setting the system time & date

You can either manually set the FortiWeb system time or configure the FortiWeb appliance to automatically keep its system time correct by synchronizing with a Network Time Protocol (NTP) server.

For many features to work, including scheduling, logging, and SSL/TLS-dependent features, the FortiWeb system time must be accurate.
To configure the system time via the web UI
  1. Go to System > Maintenance > System Time.
  2. The Time Settings dialog appears in a pop-up window.

    Alternatively, go to System > Status > Status. In the System Information widget, in the System Time row, click Change.

    To access this part of the web UI, your administrator's account access profile must have Read and Write permission to items in the Maintenance category. For details, see Permissions.

  3. For Time Zone, select the time zone where FortiWeb is located.
  4. If you want FortiWeb to automatically synchronize its clock with an NTP server (recommended), configure these settings:
  5. Synchronize with NTP Server Select this option to automatically synchronize the date and time of the FortiWeb appliance’s clock with an NTP server, then configure the Server and Sync Interval before you click Apply.
      Server Type the IP address or domain name of an NTP server or pool, such as pool.ntp.org. IPv4 and IPv6 address are both supported here. To find an NTP server that you can use, go to http://www.ntp.org.
      Sync Interval Enter how often in minutes the FortiWeb appliance should synchronize its time with the NTP server. For example, entering 1440 causes the FortiWeb appliance to synchronize its time once a day.
    NTP requires that FortiWeb be able to connect to the Internet on UDP port 123.

    Otherwise, select Set Time, then manually set the current date and time. If you want FortiWeb to automatically adjust its own clock when its time zone changes between daylight saving time (DST) and standard time, enable Automatically adjust clock for daylight saving changes.The clock will be initialized with the manually specified time when you click OK.

  6. Click OK.

If you manually configured the time, or if you enabled NTP and the NTP query for the current time succeeds, the new clock time should appear for the System Time in the System Information widget. (If the query reply is slow, you may need to wait a couple of seconds, then click Refresh to update the display in System time.)

If the NTP query fails, the system clock will continue without adjustment. If FortiWeb’s time was 3 hours late, for example, the time will still be 3 hours late. Verify your DNS server IPs, your NTP server IP or name, routing, and that your firewalls or routers do not block or proxy UDP port 123.

To configure NTP via the CLI

To synchronize with an NTP server, enter the following commands:

config system global

set ntpsync enable

set timezone <timezone_index>

set ntpserver {<server_fqdn> | <server_ipv4> | <server_ipv6>}

end

where:

  • <timezone_index> is the index number of the time zone in which the FortiWeb appliance is located (to view the list of valid time zones and their associated index numbers, enter a question mark)
  • {<server_fqdn> | <server_ipv4> | <server_ipv6>} is a choice of either the IPv4 address, IPv6 address, or fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the NTP server, such as pool.ntp.org

If your NTP query succeeds, the new clock time should appear when you enter the command:

execute time

If the NTP query fails, the system clock will continue without adjustment. If FortiWeb’s time was 3 hours late, for example, the time will still be 3 hours late. Verify your DNS server IPs, your NTP server IP or name, routing, and that your firewalls or routers do not block or proxy UDP port 123.

To manually set the date and time via the CLI

To manually configure the FortiWeb appliance’s system time and disable the connection to an NTP server, enter the following commands:

config system global

set ntpsync disable

set timezone <timezone_index>

set dst {enable | disable}

end

execute time <time_str>

execute date <date_str>

where:

  • <timezone_index> is the index number of the time zone in which the FortiWeb appliance is located (to view the list of valid time zones and their associated index numbers, enter a question mark)
  • dst {enable | disable} is a choice between enabling or disabling daylight saving time (DST) clock adjustments
  • <time_str> is the time for the time zone in which the FortiWeb appliance is located according to a 24-hour clock, formatted as hh:mm:ss (hh is the hour, mm is the minute, and ss is the second)
  • <date_str> is the date for the time zone in which the FortiWeb appliance is located, formatted as yyyy-mm-dd (yyyy is the year, mm is the month, and dd is the day)
See also

Setting the system time & date

You can either manually set the FortiWeb system time or configure the FortiWeb appliance to automatically keep its system time correct by synchronizing with a Network Time Protocol (NTP) server.

For many features to work, including scheduling, logging, and SSL/TLS-dependent features, the FortiWeb system time must be accurate.
To configure the system time via the web UI
  1. Go to System > Maintenance > System Time.
  2. The Time Settings dialog appears in a pop-up window.

    Alternatively, go to System > Status > Status. In the System Information widget, in the System Time row, click Change.

    To access this part of the web UI, your administrator's account access profile must have Read and Write permission to items in the Maintenance category. For details, see Permissions.

  3. For Time Zone, select the time zone where FortiWeb is located.
  4. If you want FortiWeb to automatically synchronize its clock with an NTP server (recommended), configure these settings:
  5. Synchronize with NTP Server Select this option to automatically synchronize the date and time of the FortiWeb appliance’s clock with an NTP server, then configure the Server and Sync Interval before you click Apply.
      Server Type the IP address or domain name of an NTP server or pool, such as pool.ntp.org. IPv4 and IPv6 address are both supported here. To find an NTP server that you can use, go to http://www.ntp.org.
      Sync Interval Enter how often in minutes the FortiWeb appliance should synchronize its time with the NTP server. For example, entering 1440 causes the FortiWeb appliance to synchronize its time once a day.
    NTP requires that FortiWeb be able to connect to the Internet on UDP port 123.

    Otherwise, select Set Time, then manually set the current date and time. If you want FortiWeb to automatically adjust its own clock when its time zone changes between daylight saving time (DST) and standard time, enable Automatically adjust clock for daylight saving changes.The clock will be initialized with the manually specified time when you click OK.

  6. Click OK.

If you manually configured the time, or if you enabled NTP and the NTP query for the current time succeeds, the new clock time should appear for the System Time in the System Information widget. (If the query reply is slow, you may need to wait a couple of seconds, then click Refresh to update the display in System time.)

If the NTP query fails, the system clock will continue without adjustment. If FortiWeb’s time was 3 hours late, for example, the time will still be 3 hours late. Verify your DNS server IPs, your NTP server IP or name, routing, and that your firewalls or routers do not block or proxy UDP port 123.

To configure NTP via the CLI

To synchronize with an NTP server, enter the following commands:

config system global

set ntpsync enable

set timezone <timezone_index>

set ntpserver {<server_fqdn> | <server_ipv4> | <server_ipv6>}

end

where:

  • <timezone_index> is the index number of the time zone in which the FortiWeb appliance is located (to view the list of valid time zones and their associated index numbers, enter a question mark)
  • {<server_fqdn> | <server_ipv4> | <server_ipv6>} is a choice of either the IPv4 address, IPv6 address, or fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the NTP server, such as pool.ntp.org

If your NTP query succeeds, the new clock time should appear when you enter the command:

execute time

If the NTP query fails, the system clock will continue without adjustment. If FortiWeb’s time was 3 hours late, for example, the time will still be 3 hours late. Verify your DNS server IPs, your NTP server IP or name, routing, and that your firewalls or routers do not block or proxy UDP port 123.

To manually set the date and time via the CLI

To manually configure the FortiWeb appliance’s system time and disable the connection to an NTP server, enter the following commands:

config system global

set ntpsync disable

set timezone <timezone_index>

set dst {enable | disable}

end

execute time <time_str>

execute date <date_str>

where:

  • <timezone_index> is the index number of the time zone in which the FortiWeb appliance is located (to view the list of valid time zones and their associated index numbers, enter a question mark)
  • dst {enable | disable} is a choice between enabling or disabling daylight saving time (DST) clock adjustments
  • <time_str> is the time for the time zone in which the FortiWeb appliance is located according to a 24-hour clock, formatted as hh:mm:ss (hh is the hour, mm is the minute, and ss is the second)
  • <date_str> is the date for the time zone in which the FortiWeb appliance is located, formatted as yyyy-mm-dd (yyyy is the year, mm is the month, and dd is the day)
See also