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Dashboard

The FortiOS dashboard provides a location to view real-time system information. By default, the dashboard displays the key statistics of the FortiGate unit itself, providing the memory and CPU status, as well as the health of the ports, whether they are up or down and their throughput.

Widgets

Within the Dashboard is a number of smaller windows, called widgets, that provide this status information. Beyond what is visible by default, you can add a number of other widgets that display other key traffic information including application use, traffic per IP address, top attacks, traffic history and logging statistics.

You can add multiple dashboards to reflect what data you want to monitor, and add the widgets accordingly. Dashboard configuration is only available through the GUI. Administrators must have read and write privileges to customize and add widgets when in either menu. Administrators must have read privileges if they want to view the information.

To add a dashboard and widgets
  1. Go to Dashboard.
  2. Select the Dashboard menu at the top of the window and select Add Dashboard.
  3. Enter a name.
  4. Select the Widget menu at the top of the window.
  5. From the screen, select the type of information you want to add.
  6. When done, select the X in the top right of the widget.

Dashboard widgets provide an excellent method to view real-time data about the events occurring on the FortiGate unit and the network. For example, by adding the Network Protocol Usage widget, you can monitor the activity of various protocols over a selected span of time. Based on that information you can add or adjust traffic shaping and/or security policies to control traffic.

License Information

The License Information widget displays summary information for your:

  • Support Contract
  • FortiGuard services
  • FortiCloud account
  • FortiSandbox license
  • FortiClient connections
  • FortiToken Mobile tokens assigned

The FortiClient connections section displays the number of FortiClient connections allowed and the number of users connecting. By selecting the Details link for the number of connections, you can view more information about the connecting user, including IP address, user name, and the user's operating system type. Included with this information is a link for Mac and Windows. Selecting these links automatically downloads the FortiClient install file (.dmg or .exe) to the management computer.