Fortinet FortiManager-VM Install – How to Tutorial

In this Tutorial will be deployed Fortinet FortiManager-VM Virtual Appliance in Testlab, running on ESXi Host. These steps could also be used for production environment install.



  • VMware ESXi host
  • Fortinet FortiManager for VMWare ESXi platform Version 7.2.0

Network Diagram:

1. Download the FortiManager for VMWare ESXi platform


Download the FortiManager-VM Virtual Appliance image for VMware ESXi from, and save it to your local computer:



A login is required.

2. Create VMware Virtual Machine

Fortinet offers the FortiManager-VM in a stackable license model. This model allows to expand the VM solution as the environment expands.
Minimum Hardware Requirements for FortiManager Virtual Appliance (out of the box):
CPU: 4
Network Interfaces: 4
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Storage: Thin Provision 504 GB
For the Testlab purposes will be used the out of the box configuration. This configuration is not necessary to prepare in advance for the VM, because we will be deploying this virtual machine from ovf file which includes deployment template.

2.1 In VMware ESXi Web interface select “Create/Register VM”.

2.2 Select “Deploy a virtual machine from an OVF or OVA file”. Select Next.

2.3 Enter name for the FortiManager-VM “FortiManager_1”, Select or drag and drop the fmg.vmdk, datadrive.vmdk file and FortiManager-VM64.ovf file. Select Next.



If you are deploying into older Version of ESXi, use appropriate .ovf file for deploy:


Template | Compatible with

DATADRIVE.vmdk | FortiManager-VM log disk in VMDK format.
FMG.vmdk | FortiManager system hard disk in Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) format.
FortiManager-VM64.hw14.ovf | OVF template file for VMware ESXi 6.7 and later versions.
FortiManager-VM64.hw14.vapp.ovf | OVF template file for VMware vSphere, vCenter, and vCloud (ESXi 6.7 and later).
FortiManager-VM64.ovf | OVF template based on Intel e1000 NIC driver.
FortiManager-VM64.vapp.ovf | OVF template file for VMware vSphere, vCenter, and vCloud (earlier than ESXi 6.7).

2.4 Choose your Datastore. Select Next.

2.5 Accept license agreement. “I agree”, Select Next.

2.6 Configure your Network interface mappings and disk provisioning


“Network 1” – function Management (lab_mgmt1)

“Network 2-4” – no function – dummy network (vm_net1)


Disk Provisioning: Thin

more about VMware ESXi disk provisioning


Select Next.

2.7 Review your configuration before finishing the wizard. Select Finish.

3. Complete the FortiManager setup using CLI

3.1 Open the VMware console and log in with default credentials: admin/no password, enter new admin password, press Enter.

3.2 Configure network


by default port1 is out of the box configured as management interface with static IP address and allowed access for services: https, ssh.

FMG-VM64 # show system interface port1
config system interface
edit "port1"
set ip
set allowaccess https ssh
set type physical


  • management port1 ip
  • DNS Server
  • Default Gateway


FMG-VM64 # config system interface
(interface)# edit port1
(port1)# set ip
(port1)# end
FMG-VM64 # config system dns
(dns)# set primary
(dns)# end
FMG-VM64 # config system route
(route)# edit 1
(1)# set device port1
(1)# set gateway
(1)# end
FMG-VM64 #

now it is possible to reach https GUI of the FortiManager on IP address and to continue with configuration.

4. Basic FortiManager GUI configuration

4.1 Log in to FortiManager GUI with your Fortinet account.



choose either Free Trial or Activate License. In this case I will choose Free Trial for the Testlab puroses.

4.2 Accept the license agreement



after accepting the license agreement FortiManager connects with FortiCloud for license validation and will restart afterwards.

4.3 Log into FortiManager wit the admin account

4.4 Log into FortiManager wit the admin account 

4.5 Perform the steps to complete the setup of this FortiManager


  • Register and SSO with FortiCare or select Later: Later
  • Set Timezone: GMT+1 
  • Specify Hostname: FortiManager_1

At this point we have functional Fortinet FortiManager-VM centralized management of the Fortinet security fabric. FortiManager-VM comes out of the box with Plug&Play license for 15 days.


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