Using the CLI : Connecting to the CLI using a local console : Connecting to the CLI using SSH
Connecting to the CLI using SSH
Once you configure the FortiADC appliance to accept SSH connections, you can use an SSH client on your management computer to connect to the CLI.
Secure Shell (SSH) provides both secure authentication and secure communications to the CLI. Supported SSH protocol versions, ciphers, and bit strengths vary by whether or not you have enabled FIPS-CC mode or are using a low encryption (LENC) version, but generally include SSH version 2 with AES-128, 3DES, Blowfish, and SHA-1.
a computer with an RJ-45 Ethernet port
a crossover Ethernet cable
an SSH client such as PuTTY
To connect to the CLI using SSH
1. On your management computer, start PuTTY.
Initially, the Session category of settings is displayed.
2. In Host Name (or IP Address), type the IP address of a network interface on which you have enabled SSH administrative access.
3. In Port, type 22.
4. From Connection type, select SSH.
5. Click Open.
The SSH client connects to the FortiADC appliance.
The SSH client may display a warning if this is the first time you are connecting to the FortiADC appliance and its SSH key is not yet recognized by your SSH client, or if you have previously connected to the FortiADC appliance but it used a different IP address or SSH key. If your management computer is directly connected to the FortiADC appliance with no network hosts between them, this is normal.
6. Click Yes to verify the fingerprint and accept the FortiADC appliance’s SSH key. You will not be able to log in until you have accepted the key.
The CLI displays a login prompt.
7. Type a valid administrator account name (such as admin) and press Enter.
8. Type the password for this administrator account and press Enter.
If three incorrect login or password attempts occur in a row, you will be disconnected. Wait one minute, then reconnect to attempt the login again.
The FortiADC appliance displays a command prompt (its hostname followed by a #). You can now enter CLI commands.