Connecting to the FortiGate
To connect to the FortiGate-VM, you need your login credentials and its public DNS address.
The default username is admin and the default password is the instance ID.
- You can find the public DNS address in the EC2 Management Console. Select Instances and look at the Public DNS (IPv4) field in the lower pane. If you don’t see the DNS address, you may need to enable DNS host assignment on your VPC. In this case, go back to the VPC Management Console, select Your VPCs, and select your VPC. Select the Action dropdown list, and select Edit DNS Hostnames. Select Yes. Select Save.
- Open an HTTPS session using the public DNS address of the FortiGate-VM in your browser (https://<public DNS>). You will see a certificate error message from your browser, which is normal because the default FortiGate certificate is self-signed and isn’t recognized by browsers. Proceed past this error. At a later time, you can upload a publicly-signed certificate to avoid this error. Log in to the FortiGate-VM with your username and password (the login credentials mentioned above).
- If you’re using a BYOL license, upload your license (.lic) file to activate the FortiGate-VM. The FortiGate-VM will automatically restart. After it restarts, log in again.
- You will now see the FortiGate-VM dashboard. Depending on your license type, the information in the license widget on the dashboard may vary.
- Select Network > Interfaces, and edit the interfaces, if required. If the IP address or subnet mask is missing for port 1 or port 2, configure these values.