Preparing for deployment
This documentation assumes that before deploying the FortiGate-VM virtual appliance on the VMware ESXi virtual platform, you have addressed the following requirements:
The ESXi software is installed on a physical server with sufficient resources to support the FortiGate-VM and all other virtual machines that will be deployed on the platform.
If the FortiGate-VM virtual machine will be configured to operate in transparent mode or will be included in a FortiGate Clustering Protocol (FGCP) High Availability (HA) cluster, ensure that the VMware virtual switches have been configured to support the operation of the FortiGate-VM before you create the FortiGate-VM virtual machine. For information, seeTransparent-mode or High Availability.
The VMware management software, vSphere, is installed on a computer with network access to the ESXi server.
An Internet connection is required for the FortiGate-VM to contact FortiGuard to validate its license. If the FortiGate-VM is in a closed environment, it must be able to connect to a FortiManager to validate the FortiGate-VM license. See "Validating the FortiGate-VM license with FortiManager".