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Upload the FortiGate VM license file

Every Fortinet VM includes a 15-day trial license. During this time the FortiGate VM operates in evaluation mode. Before using the FortiGate VM you must enter the license file that you downloaded from the Customer Service & Support website upon registration.

To upload the FortiGate VM licence file:
  1. In the Evaluation License dialog box, select Enter License.
note icon You can also upload the license file via the CLI using the following CLI command:

execute restore vmlicense [ftp | tftp] <filenmame string> <ftp server>[:ftp port]

The license upload page opens.

License upload page:

  1. Select Browse and locate the license file (.lic) on your computer. Select OK to upload the license file.
  2. Refresh the browser to login.
  3. Enter admin in the Name field and select Login. The VM registration status appears as valid in the License Information widget once the license has been validated by the FortiGuard Distribution Network (FDN) or FortiManager for closed networks.