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Deploying FortiGate-VMX

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Licensing and Activation

You are licensed based on the number of FortiGate-VMX Service Manager nodes and the number of VMX security nodes associated with it.

First-time FortiGate-VMX customers are encouraged to read the FortiGate-VMX Administration Guide, referring to page 30 for license activation.

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Licensing information

FortiGate-VMX Service Manager

  • A license is required for the FortiGate-VMX SVM node. It requires the installation and activation of a license file.
  • The SVM must be able to connect to the Internet to validate its license against FortiGuard.

FortiGate-VMX instances

  • A license is required for the licensed number of FortiGate-VMX instances.

RAM and virtual CPUs are not considered when calculating license requirements.

The FortiGate-VMX security nodes receive their licenses from, and validate against, the FortiGate-VMX SVM.

To activate the FortiGate-VMX, follow the steps below:

  1. Log into support.fortinet.com.
  2. Register the FortiGate-VMX SVM serial number.
  3. Register a VMX security node serial number and associate it with the SVM. If you have multiple SVM registrations, choose one that manages the VMX nodes you are about to register.
  4. Download license files.
  5. Log into the SVM management GUI.
  6. Under Status, navigate to System > FortiGuard > FortiGate VM License.
  7. Click Upload and upload the downloaded license.

  8. The system reboots after enabling the license. Wait thirty minutes until FortiGuard validates the newly activated license. If you attempt to log into the FortiGate-VMX before validation successfully completes, the system prompts the license upload screen again.
  9. Log into SVM and check the license status on the dashboard. An additional license file is required for the licensed number of VMX security nodes. A fully licensed SVM shows how any security nodes are deployed and how many licenses are located.

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Licensing and Activation

You are licensed based on the number of FortiGate-VMX Service Manager nodes and the number of VMX security nodes associated with it.

First-time FortiGate-VMX customers are encouraged to read the FortiGate-VMX Administration Guide, referring to page 30 for license activation.

Component

Licensing information

FortiGate-VMX Service Manager

  • A license is required for the FortiGate-VMX SVM node. It requires the installation and activation of a license file.
  • The SVM must be able to connect to the Internet to validate its license against FortiGuard.

FortiGate-VMX instances

  • A license is required for the licensed number of FortiGate-VMX instances.

RAM and virtual CPUs are not considered when calculating license requirements.

The FortiGate-VMX security nodes receive their licenses from, and validate against, the FortiGate-VMX SVM.

To activate the FortiGate-VMX, follow the steps below:

  1. Log into support.fortinet.com.
  2. Register the FortiGate-VMX SVM serial number.
  3. Register a VMX security node serial number and associate it with the SVM. If you have multiple SVM registrations, choose one that manages the VMX nodes you are about to register.
  4. Download license files.
  5. Log into the SVM management GUI.
  6. Under Status, navigate to System > FortiGuard > FortiGate VM License.
  7. Click Upload and upload the downloaded license.

  8. The system reboots after enabling the license. Wait thirty minutes until FortiGuard validates the newly activated license. If you attempt to log into the FortiGate-VMX before validation successfully completes, the system prompts the license upload screen again.
  9. Log into SVM and check the license status on the dashboard. An additional license file is required for the licensed number of VMX security nodes. A fully licensed SVM shows how any security nodes are deployed and how many licenses are located.