Fortigate




Disabling SSL Deep inspection proxy in Fortigate should be easier

This one can be filed under Fortinet ‘undocumented/unwanted’ feature rather than bug.The case in question: Fortigate 80C , firmware 4 something, all subscriptions are up-to-date, no crazy configurations, all looks fine... Until client adds to his LAN some back-up device that works by gathering data from clients installed on …



Finally GEO location blocking has arrived to Fortigate

It was predictable thing for Fortinet to do as everyone else has already been doing so. I haven’t verified myself but according to the informed source (can only say his name - Hen) they are using Maxmind database . So let’s see how to do it . First you create in …



Convert Fortigate diagnose sniffer packet output into tcpdump format understood by Wireshark

Running diagnose sniffer packet on Fortinet Fortigate unit outputs human-readable packet information and packet data . Only that sometimes you would like to have the traffic sniffed at Fortigate in Wireshark-readable format so that it can be analyzed by all powerful Wireshark. For this case Fortinet came up with the script …



Limit maximum size of scanned files in Fortigate firmware 4

Today I had to lower scanned files size on FOrtigate 80C. In the past it was a matter of few clicks in the good old version 3 via management GUI but in version 4 I spent some 20 minutes digging its GUI high and low and then finally opened Command …



Do not miss the long awaited addition to the Fortigate 4 MR2 – sFlow data export

Great news – now Fortigate supports exporting data flows statistics to an external server using sFlow protocol (twin of Netflow from the Cisco world). I configured it in about a minute and it just works. To collect the sFlow data I use nfdump/Nfsen , that I found to be the most …



Break free from the GUI dependency – checking Fortigate logs on the cli.

Fortinet are doing a lot to keep us away from the command line. And that’s ok in 95% of the cases. But sooner or later you come to meet the 5% of the bad and the ugly when you have no access to the GUI at all. One late …



Fortigate BGP - configure and debug

Everyone today speaks BGP: Cisco ,Juniper and ScreenOS firewalls, Fortigate does it, even SonicWall have it as planned feature. The opportunity to see how it works on Fortinet Fortigate firewall recently presented itself and here is the sum up of how I configured and debugged Fortigate BGP set up. Task …



Fortigate firewall demo free access. Also FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer

UPDATE 2019: I updated the access details below. Also, if you work for a Fortinet partner you can request access to the demo appliances via Partner's Portal. As someone said best things in life are free. Here are links to the demo Forigate firewall, ForiAnalyzer and FortiManager open to access …



Scheduled Daily Reboot of FortiGate

Recently I had to do late night restart of a Fortigate and was looking for "Reload in..." I found it, but in Fortigate it is a little different. It's called Daily Restart, and if you want to use it once you need to remember to remove this command later. config …



Failed to connect to Fortiguard servers

Today I encountered otherwise easy to diagnose misconfiguration only that Fortinet decided to 'hide' this parameter deep enough. NOTE : Fortiguard is subscription based service when your Fortigate unit periodically connects to the Fortinet servers (collectively named Fortiguard servers) to get info that enables advanced feautures like filtering by category/rating …