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Cloud-init using config drive

This section describes how to bootstrap a FortiGate-VM in VMware vCenter using config drive. If you find yourself deploying VMs on VMware vCenter or standalone ESX and are looking for a way to to pre-configure the FortiGate VM so that it boots with a pre-determined configuration, and a valid license you have found the right recipe

Make sure to verify the config drive functionality available for your FortiGate VM version in the release notes. FortiGate VM 5.4.1 and above support version 2 of the config-drive capabilities. Cloud-Init config drive was initially created for OpenStack and other cloud environments – and it is a capability available on the FortiGate-VM (FGT-VM) even when booting within a VMware vCenter or standalone ESX environment. Config drive also allows the administrator to pass both day zero configuration scripts and FGT-VM licenses to the FortiGate on initial boot.

To pass a config drive to the FGT-VM, first you need to create a directory structure, and place the license file and configuration script file in the appropriate places. Here is the directory structure you will need:

For more information on the directory structure, see ESXi cloud init reference.

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Cloud-init using config drive

This section describes how to bootstrap a FortiGate-VM in VMware vCenter using config drive. If you find yourself deploying VMs on VMware vCenter or standalone ESX and are looking for a way to to pre-configure the FortiGate VM so that it boots with a pre-determined configuration, and a valid license you have found the right recipe

Make sure to verify the config drive functionality available for your FortiGate VM version in the release notes. FortiGate VM 5.4.1 and above support version 2 of the config-drive capabilities. Cloud-Init config drive was initially created for OpenStack and other cloud environments – and it is a capability available on the FortiGate-VM (FGT-VM) even when booting within a VMware vCenter or standalone ESX environment. Config drive also allows the administrator to pass both day zero configuration scripts and FGT-VM licenses to the FortiGate on initial boot.

To pass a config drive to the FGT-VM, first you need to create a directory structure, and place the license file and configuration script file in the appropriate places. Here is the directory structure you will need:

For more information on the directory structure, see ESXi cloud init reference.