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Deploying the FortiGate VM appliance

Prior to deploying the FortiGate VM appliance, the VM platform must be installed and configured so that it is ready to create virtual machines. The installation instructions for FortiGate VM assume that

  • You are familiar with the management software and terminology of your VM platform.
  • An Internet connection is available for FortiGate VM to contact FortiGuard to validate its license or, for closed environments, a FortiManager can be contacted to validate the FortiGate VM license. See "Validate the FortiGate VM license with FortiManager".

For assistance in deploying FortiGate VM, refer to the deployment chapter in this guide that corresponds to your VMware environment. You might also need to refer to the documentation provided with your VM server. The deployment chapters are presented as examples because for any particular VM server there are multiple ways to create a virtual machine. There are command line tools, APIs, and even alternative graphical user interface tools.

Before you start your FortiGate VM appliance for the first time, you might need to adjust virtual disk sizes and networking settings. The first time you start FortiGate VM, you will have access only through the console window of your VM server environment. After you configure one FortiGate network interface with an IP address and administrative access, you can access the FortiGate VM web-based manager.

After deployment and license validation, you can upgrade your FortiGate VM appliance’s firmware by downloading either FGT_VM32-v500-buildnnnn-FORTINET.out (32-bit) or FGT_VM64-v500-buildnnnn-FORTINET.out (64-bit) firmware. Firmware upgrading on a VM is very similar to upgrading firmware on a hardware FortiGate unit.