Virtual Switch

Virtual Switch Virtual switch feature enables you create virtual switches on top of the physical switch(es) with designated interfaces/ports so that a virtual switch can build up its forwarding table through learning and forward traffic accordingly. When traffic is forwarded among interfaces belonging to the same virtual switch, the traffic doesn’t need to go up […]

Software switch

Software switch A software switch, or soft switch, is a virtual switch that is implemented at the software, or firmware level, rather than the hardware level. A software switch can be used to simplify communication between devices connected to different FortiGate interfaces. For example, using a software switch, you can place the FortiGate interface connected […]


Interfaces Interfaces, both physical and virtual, enable traffic to flow to and from the internal network, and the Internet and between internal networks. The FortiGate unit has a number of options for setting up interfaces and groupings of subnetworks that can scale to a company‚Äôs growing requirements.   This chapter includes: Physical Interface settings Software […]


Firmware Fortinet periodically updates the FortiGate firmware to include new features and resolve important issues. After you have registered your FortiGate unit, you can download firmware updates from the support web site,   Before you install any new firmware, be sure to follow the steps below: Review the Release Notes for a new firmware […]

Using the CLI

Using the CLI The command line interface (CLI) is an alternative configuration tool to the web-based manager. While the configuration of the web-based manager uses a point-and-click method, the CLI requires typing commands or uploading batches of commands from a text file, like a configuration script.   This section also explains common CLI tasks that […]