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Configuration through FortiManager
With the FortiManager system, you can monitor and configure multiple FortiGate units from one location. Using the FortiManager’s Device Manager, you can view the FortiGate units and make the usual configuration updates and changes, without having to log in and out of multiple FortiGate units.
FortiManager enables you to complete the configuration, by going to the Device Manager, selecting the FortiGate unit and using the same menu structure and pages as you would see in the FortiGate web-based manager. All changes to the FortiGate configuration are stored locally on the FortiManager unit until you synchronize with the FortiGate unit.
When a FortiGate unit is under control of a FortiManager system, administrators will not be able to change the configuration using the FortiGate. When trying to change options, the unit displays a message that it is configured through FortiManager, and any changes may be reverted.
If you are maintaining a number of FortiGate units within a network, many of the policies and configuration elements will be the same across the corporation. In these instances, the adding and editing of many of the same policies will be come a tedious and error-prone activity. With FortiManager global objects, this level of configuration is simplified.
A global object is an object that is not associated specifically with one device or group. Global objects includes security policies, a DNS server, VPN, and IP pools.
The Global Objects window is where you can configure global objects and copy the configurations to the FortiManager device database for a selected device or a group of devices. You can also import configurations from the FortiManager device database for a selected device and modify the configuration as required.
When configuring or creating a global policy object the interface, prompts, and fields are the same as creating the same object on a FortiGate unit using the FortiGate web-based manager.
Locking the FortiGate web-based manager
When you use the FortiManager to manager multiple FortiGate units, a local FortiGate unit becomes locked from any configuration changes using the web-based manager for most administrators. The super_admin will still be able to make changes to the configuration; however, this is not recommended as it may cause conflicts with the FortiManager.
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