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Dashboard

The Dashboard consists of a number of widgets, each displaying a different set of information. A number of pre-configured widgets are available which can be customized to meet your needs.

To choose which widgets will be shown, select + Widget (located in the bottom left corner) and select the widget you wish to view, which will add it to the dashboard. Widgets can be rearranged for easier access and viewing.

Some display options are available each widget, that can be accessed by selecting the button.

The Dashboard contains the following widgets:

System Information

The System Information widget shows status information on the FortiGate. Some configuration details / modes can be changed through the widget.

HA Status The status of High Availability (HA) within the cluster. Standalone indicates the FortiGate is not operating in HA mode. Active-Passive or Active-Active indicate the FortiGate is operating in HA mode. Select Configure, to change the HA configuration.

For more information, see the High Availability handbook.
Host Name The name of the FortiGate. By default, the host name is the FortiGate's serial number.

If the FortiGate is in HA mode, this information is not displayed.
Serial Number The serial number of the FortiGate. The serial number is specific to that FortiGate and does not change with firmware upgrades.
Operation Mode The current operating mode of the FortiGate (a FortiGate can operate in NAT mode or Transparent mode).

If virtual domains are enabled, this field shows the operating mode of the current virtual domain. The Global System Status dashboard does not include this information.
Cluster Name The name of the HA cluster for this FortiGate. The FortiGate must be operating in HA mode to display this field.
Cluster Members The FortiGates in the HA cluster. Information displayed about each member includes host name, serial number, and whether the FortiGate is a primary (master) or subordinate (slave) FortiGate in the cluster.

The FortiGate must be operating in HA mode with virtual domains disabled to display this information.
Virtual Cluster 1

Virtual Cluster 2
The role of each FortiGate in virtual cluster 1 and virtual cluster 2.

The FortiGate must be operating in HA mode with virtual domains enabled to display this information.
System Time The current date and time.
Firmware Version The version of the current firmware installed on the FortiGate.

You can access the Firmware Management menu by selecting Update. For more information, see Firmware.
System Configuration Using the widget, you can Backup the current configuration and Restore an older configuration. You can also view configuration changes by selecting Revisions.
Current Administrator The number of administrators currently logged into the FortiGate. Select Details to view more information about each administrator that is currently logged in
Uptime The time in days, hours, and minutes since the FortiGate was started or rebooted.
Virtual Domain This shows if Virtual Domains (VDOMs) have been enabled on this unit.
Explicit Proxy
Information about he status of the explicit proxy. This information will only appear when this feature is in use.

For more information, see the WAN Optimization, Web Cache, Explicit Proxy, and WCCP handbook.
Load Balance Information about load balancing. This information will only appear when this feature is in use.

For more information, see the Load Balancing handbook.

License Information

The License Information widget displays the status of your technical support contract, FortiGuard subscriptions, FortiCloud account, and other licenses.

When a new FortiGate is powered on, it automatically searches for FortiGuard services. If the FortiGate is configured for central management, it will look for FortiGuard services on the configured FortiManager system. The FortiGate sends its serial number to the FortiGuard service provider, which then determines whether the FortiGate is registered and has valid contracts for FortiGuard subscriptions and FortiCare support services. If the FortiGate is registered and has a valid contract, the License Information is updated.

When a license is near to its expiry date, an option to extend it will appear that allows you to add a new license as soon as you buy it.

Support Contract Displays details about your current Fortinet Support contract.

If Not Registered appears, select Register to register the FortiGate.

If Expired appears, select Renew for information on renewing your technical support contract. Contact your local reseller.

If Registered appears, the name of the support that registered this FortiGate is also displayed. The various types of contracts that you currently have and the expiry date for each type.

You can select Launch Portal to log into the Fortinet Support account that registered this FortiGate.
FortiGuard Displays your current licenses for services from FortiGuard. Select Extend or Renew to update any of the licenses (these options only appear when a license is expired or close to expiry).
FortiCloud Displays details about your current FortiCloud subscription. If the Activate button appears, select it to either create a new account or add the FortiGate to an existing account.

If you have already activated FortiCloud, the name of the Account will be listed. Select Launch Portal to view your FortiCloud account in a web browser.

Information on the current Type and Storage is also listed. You can select Upgrade to change the type of your FortiCloud account. A video is also available for viewing to help with the upgrade process.

For more information, see FortiCloud.
FortiSandbox Displays details about sandboxing with either FortiSandbox Cloud or FortiSandbox Appliance.
FortiClient Displays FortiClient license details and the number of Register and Allowed FortiClient users. You can select Details for more information about the current FortiClient users.

If you do not have a FortiClient license, you can select Purchase to buy one. A video is also available to help you with the purchasing process.
FortiToken Mobile Displays the number of Assigned and Allowed FortiTokens.
SMS Displays the number of Sent and Allowed SMS messages. You can select Add Messages to configure a new SMS message.

This information will only appear when SMS has been configured.
Virtual Domain Displays the maximum number of virtual domains the FortiGate supports with the current license. This information only appears if VDOMs have been enabled on the FortiGate.

For some FortiGate models, you can select the Purchase More link to purchase a license key through Fortinet technical support to increase the maximum number of VDOMs.

CLI Console

The CLI Console widget enables you to access the command line interface (CLI) from the Dashboard.

For ease of use, you can select Detach to open the CLI Console widget in a pop-up window that you can re-size and reposition. Select Attach to move the widget back into the Dashboard.

For more information, see Using the CLI and the CLI Reference Guide.

System Resources

The System Resources widget displays basic FortiGate resource usage. This widget displays the information for CPU and memory in either real-time or historical data. For FortiGates with multiple CPUs, you can view the CPU usage as an average of all CPUs or each one individually.

This widget is where you reboot or shutdown the FortiGate.

note icon The options to reboot or shutdown the FortiGate are not available for an admin using the prof_admin profile.

Alert Message Console

The Alert Messages Console widget helps you monitor system events on your FortiGate such as firmware changes, network security events, or virus detection events. Each message shows the date and time that the event occurred.

You can configure the alert message console settings to control what types of messages are displayed on the console.

To configure the Alert Message Console
  1. Locate the Alert Message Console widget within the Dashboard.
  2. Select the button.
  3. Select the types of alerts that you do not want to be displayed in the widget.
  4. Select OK.

Unit Operation

The Unit Operation widget is an illustrated version of the FortiGate’s front panel that shows the status of the FortiGate’s network interfaces. Interfaces appears green when connected. Hover the mouse pointer over an interface to view further details.

Icons around the front panel indicate when the FortiGate is connected to a FortiAnalyzer, FortiManager, or FortiAP. It also shows how many devices running FortiClient are connected to the FortiGate.

Select the icon in the widget to jump to the configuration page for each device. When connected to one of these devices, a green check mark icon appears next to the icon. If the device communication is configured but the device is unreachable, a red X appears.

Advanced Threat Protection Statistics

The Advanced Threat Protection Statistics widget displays a count of detected malware and files scanned for these types of intrusions. If you are using sandboxing with either FortiSandbox Cloud or FortiSandbox Appliance, the widget also displays statics on the number of files sent to FortiSandbox and the sandboxing results.

Interface History

The Interface History widget displays the current activity and activity history of a system interface.

The current interface is visible in the top right-hand corner of the widget. You can change the interface that is shown by selecting the button and set Select Network Interface to the interface of your choice. You can also select the three time periods that can be viewed in the widget.

USB Modem

If you are using a USB model, this widget enables you to monitor the status of the modem and configure it as needed.

RAID monitor widget

The RAID Monitor widget displays the current state of the RAID array and each RAID disk. This widget does not display unless the FortiGate has more than one disk installed and is not available for FortiOS Carrier.

Array status icon Displays the status of the RAID array.

•  Green with a check mark shows a healthy RAID array.
•  Yellow triangle shows the array is in a degraded state but it is still functioning. A degraded array is slower than a healthy array. Rebuild the array to fix the degraded state.
•  A wrench shows the array is being rebuilt.

Positioning the mouse over the array status icon displays a text message of the status of the array.
Disk status icon There is one icon for each disk in the array.

•  Green with a check mark shows a healthy disk.
•  Red with an X shows the disk has failed and needs attention.

Positioning the mouse over the disk status icon displays the status of the disk, and the storage capacity of the disk.
RAID Level The RAID level of this RAID array. The RAID level is set as part of configuring the RAID array.
Status bar The bar shows the percentage of the RAID array that is currently in use.
Used/Free/Total Displays the amount of RAID array storage that is being used, the amount of storage that is free, and the total storage in the RAID array. The values are in gigabytes.