After you deploy a FortiGate-VM on the VMware ESXi server, perform the following tasks:
- Connect the FortiGate-VM to the network so that it can process network traffic and maintain the validity of the license.
- Connect to the GUI of the FortiGate-VM via a web browser for easier administration.
- Ensure that the full license file is uploaded to the FortiGate-VM.
- If you are in a closed environment, enable validation of the FortiGate-VM license against a FortiManager on your network.
The first time you start the FortiGate-VM, you will have access only through the console window of your VMware ESXi server environment. After you configure one FortiGate network interface with an IP address and administrative access, you can access the FortiGate-VM GUI.