FortiGate is successful Next Generation Firewall which provides a lot of features for to day needs. The Forti family have products from WAN optimizer to APT sandbox. In this tutorial we will look how to setup FortiGate or FortiOS for the first time. We assume we have all ready downloaded and imported into VMware or similar virtualization platform.
Login From Console or CLI
First we need to login from cli. Because Forti do not have nay IP address specified and in order to access. So the default user name is
admin and default password is empty. We can just put enter to login cli.
Enter Interface Configuration Mode
In order to set IP address we should enter configuration mode. We can enter interface configuration mode with the following command.
$ config system interface
Enter To The Management Interface
We will select the management interface to set IP address. In Fotinet the management interface is called
mgmt and can be enter management interface config like below.
$ edit mgmt
Set Static IP Address
Now we will set IP address we want. In this example our IP address will
192.168.115.200/24. Te default gateway will be
192.168.115.1. We will use
set ip command like below.
$ set ip 192.168.115.200 255.255.255.0
Test Connectivity By Pinging Default Gateway
Now we can test out connectivity to the network. We will ping to the default gateway where we assume the default gateway response to our ping or ICMP packages. But we will first exit from interface configuration mode with
end . After that we will use
execute ping .
$ execute ping 192.168.115.1
FortiGate Web Interface
Now we can use FortiGate web interface by using
https protocol. We will type our static IP address too. We will use same username
admin and empty password.