FortiSIEM Installing in Microsoft Hyper-V

Installing in Microsoft Hyper-V

These topics describe how to install FortiSIEM on a Microsoft Hyper-V virtual server.

Importing a Supervisor, Collector, or Worker Image into Microsoft Hyper-V

Supported Versions

FortiSIEM has been tested to run on Hyper-V on Microsoft Windows 2012.


Importing a Supervisor, Collector, or Worker Image into Microsoft Hyper-V

Using Local or NFS Storage for EventDB in Hyper-V

Before you install an FortiSIEM virtual appliance in Hyper-V, you should decide whether you plan to use NFS storage or local storage to store event information in EventDB. If you decide to use a local disk, you can add a data disk of appropriate size. Typically, this will be named as /dev/sdd if it is the 4th disk. When using local disk, choose the type ‘Dynamically expanding’ (VHDX) format so that you are able to resize the disk if your EventDB will grow beyond the initial capacity.

If you are going to use NFS storage for EventDB, follow the instructions in the topic Configuring NFS Storage for VMware ESX Server.

Disk Formats for Data Storage

FortiSIEM virtual appliances in Hyper-V use dynamically expanding VHD disks for the root and CMDB partitions, and a dynamically expanding VHDX disk for EventDB. Dynamically expanding disks are used to keep the exported Hyper-V image within reasonable limits. See the Microsoft documentation topic Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2012 (or R2) for more information.

  1. Download and uncompress the the FortiSIEM OVA package from the FortiSIEM image server to the location where you want to install the image.
  2. Start Hyper-V Manager.
  3. In the Action menu, select Import Virtual Machine.

The Import Virtual Machine Wizard will launch.

  1. Click Next.
  2. Browse to the folder containing the OVA package, and then click Next.
  3. Select the FortiSIEM image, and then click Next.
  4. For Import Type, select Copy the virtual machine, and then click
  5. Select the storage folders for your virtual machine files, and then click Next.
  6. Select the storage folder for your virtual machine’s hard disks, and then click Next.
  7. Verify the installation configuration, and then click Finish.
  8. In Hyper-V Manager, connect to the FortiSIEM virtual appliance and power it on.
  9. Follow the instructions in Configuring the Supervisor, Worker, or Collector from the VM Console to complete the installation.

Related Links

Configuring the Supervisor, Worker, or Collector from the VM Console

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