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Uploading the FortiGate-VM virtual appliance license

Every Fortinet VM includes a 15-day trial license. During this time the FortiGate VM operates in evaluation mode. Before using the FortiGate VM you must enter the license file that you downloaded from the Customer Service & Support website upon registration.

GUI

To upload the FortiGate VM licence file:

  1. There are 2 ways to get to the License upload window.

    i. In the Dashboard > Main window, in the Virtual Machine widget, left click on the FGVMEV (FortiGate-VM Evaluation) License icon. This will reveal a menu of selections to take you directly to the FortiGate VM License window or to the FortiGuard Details window.

    ii. Go to System > FortiGuard. In the Licence Information section, go to the Virtual Machine row and click on the link to FortiGate VM License.

  2. In the Evaluation License dialog box, select Enter License.

    The license upload page opens.


  3. Select Upload and locate the license file (.lic) on your computer. Select OK to upload the license file.
  4. Refresh the browser to login.
  5. Enter admin in the Name field and select Login. The VM registration status appears as valid in the License Information widget after the license is validated by the FortiGuard Distribution Network (FDN) or FortiManager for closed networks.
tooltip icon Modern browsers can have an issue with allowing connecting to a FortiGate if the encryption on the device is too low. If this happens, use a FTP/TFTP server to apply the license.

CLI

You can also upload the license file using the following CLI command:

execute restore vmlicense {ftp | tftp} <filenmame string> <ftp server>[:ftp port]

Example:

The following is an example output when using a tftp server to install license.

exec restore vmlicense tftp license.lic 10.0.1.2
This operation will overwrite the current VM license!Do you want to continue? (y/n)y
Please wait...Connect to tftp server 10.0.1.2 ...
Get VM license from tftp server OK.
VM license install succeeded.
Rebooting firewall.

 

caution icon The command automatically reboots the firewall without giving you a chance to back out or delay the reboot.

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Uploading the FortiGate-VM virtual appliance license

Every Fortinet VM includes a 15-day trial license. During this time the FortiGate VM operates in evaluation mode. Before using the FortiGate VM you must enter the license file that you downloaded from the Customer Service & Support website upon registration.

GUI

To upload the FortiGate VM licence file:

  1. There are 2 ways to get to the License upload window.

    i. In the Dashboard > Main window, in the Virtual Machine widget, left click on the FGVMEV (FortiGate-VM Evaluation) License icon. This will reveal a menu of selections to take you directly to the FortiGate VM License window or to the FortiGuard Details window.

    ii. Go to System > FortiGuard. In the Licence Information section, go to the Virtual Machine row and click on the link to FortiGate VM License.

  2. In the Evaluation License dialog box, select Enter License.

    The license upload page opens.


  3. Select Upload and locate the license file (.lic) on your computer. Select OK to upload the license file.
  4. Refresh the browser to login.
  5. Enter admin in the Name field and select Login. The VM registration status appears as valid in the License Information widget after the license is validated by the FortiGuard Distribution Network (FDN) or FortiManager for closed networks.
tooltip icon Modern browsers can have an issue with allowing connecting to a FortiGate if the encryption on the device is too low. If this happens, use a FTP/TFTP server to apply the license.

CLI

You can also upload the license file using the following CLI command:

execute restore vmlicense {ftp | tftp} <filenmame string> <ftp server>[:ftp port]

Example:

The following is an example output when using a tftp server to install license.

exec restore vmlicense tftp license.lic 10.0.1.2
This operation will overwrite the current VM license!Do you want to continue? (y/n)y
Please wait...Connect to tftp server 10.0.1.2 ...
Get VM license from tftp server OK.
VM license install succeeded.
Rebooting firewall.

 

caution icon The command automatically reboots the firewall without giving you a chance to back out or delay the reboot.