Initial Configuration in Basic Mode

Initial configuration in basic mode

FortiMail Web UI has two configuration mode: Basic mode and Advanced mode. This section describes how to use the FortiMail unit’s web UI in basic configuration mode to adjust or enhance your FortiMail configuration or to examine email information. Basic mode offers fewer menu selections than advanced mode but basic mode’s simplicity can make it easier for a new administrator to get started.

This section assumes you have already configured your FortiMail unit using the Quick Start Wizard and have set up the correct deployment for your operation mode.

To access the web UI, enter its URL in a supported browser. See “Connecting to the Web UI or CLI” on page 25.

If you see Monitor instead of Management at the top of the web UI’s left-hand menu, it means the web UI is in advanced mode. Click Basic on the top button bar to switch modes.

Click the Help button on the web UI at any time to get information on currently displayed features.

This section includes:

  • Managing mail queues and quarantines
  • Configuring basic system and mail settings
  • Configuring logs, reports and email alerts

Managing mail queues and quarantines

The Management menu provides information on your FortiMail system including its overall health and resource usage, mail statistics, email queues, and quarantine lists.

Viewing system status and statistics

The dashboard always appears when you first start the web UI. To access it otherwise, go to Management > System Status > Status.

The dashboard displays information in specialized widgets. The widgets provide system information (such as the operation mode and firmware version) and the state of system resources, plus statistics on spam and virus detection. Take time to review the dashboard for obvious problems.

Buttons on the top-right side of each widget’s title bar let you expand/collapse it, refresh its contents, or close it. To open a closed widget, select it from the Add Content list.

Figure 19:Basic mode dashboard

You can change a widget’s position. Select its title bar and drag it to the new position. Other widgets adjust their position automatically to accommodate the change.


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