Performing a Configuration Backup – FortiOS 5.2 Best Practices

Performing a configuration backup Once you configure the FortiGate unit and it is working correctly, it is extremely important that you backup the configuration. In some cases, you may need to reset the FortiGate unit to factory defaults or perform a TFTP upload of the firmware, which will erase the existing configuration. In these instances, […]

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 […]