Firmware Change Management – FortiOS 5.2 Best Practices

Firmware change management Consider the following five points when performing firmware upgrades, not only in FortiOS but in general. This applies to pretty much any change you have to do in a production environment. Understanding the new version first Before attempting any changes in production, first make sure you set up a laboratory where you […]

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Rack Mounting – FortiOS 5.2 Best Practices

Rack mounting Elevated Operating Ambient – If installed in a closed or multi-unit rack assembly, the operating ambient temperature of the rack environment may be greater than room ambient. Therefore, consideration should be given to installing the equipment in an environment compatible with the maximum ambient temperature (Tmax) specified by the manufacturer. Reduced Air Flow […]

Grounding – FortiOS 5.2 Best Practices

Grounding Ensure the FortiGate unit is connected and properly grounded to a lightning and surge protector. WAN or LAN connections that enter the premises from outside the building should be connected to an Ethernet CAT5 (10/100 Mb/s) surge protector. Shielded Twisted Pair (STP) Ethernet cables should be used whenever possible rather than Unshielded Twisted Pair […]

Environmental specifications – FortiOS 5.2 Best Practices

Environmental specifications Keep the following environmental specifications in mind when installing and setting up your FortiGate unit. Operating temperature: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C). Temperatures may vary, depending on the FortiGate model. If you install the FortiGate unit in a closed or multi-unit rack assembly, the operating ambient temperature of the rack environment may […]