Basic FortiGate Installation Guide

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The FortiGate unit can be mounted in any standard 19 inch rack unit with the provided rack-mount brackets and screws.

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage your Fortinet equipment.

To avoid personal injury or damage to the unit, it is recommended that two or more people install the unit into the rack.

Do not place heavy objects on the unit.

Installing the FortiGate into a Rack

  1. Attach the provided rack-mount brackets to the sides of the unit using the provided screws.
  2. Position the FortiGate unit in the rack. Ensure there is enough room around the unit to allow for sufficient air flow.
  3. Line up the rack-mount bracket holes to the holes on the rack and ensure that the FortiGate unit is level.
  4. Finger tighten four rack-mount screws to attach the unit to the rack.
  5. Verify that the spacing around the FortiGate unit conforms to requirements and that the unit is level, then tighten the rack-mount screws with an appropriate screwdriver.
  6. Plug the provided power cables into the rear of the unit, and then into grounded electrical outlets or separate power sources such as uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) or power distribution units (PDU).
DC models only:
This product is only intended for installation and use in a Restricted Access Location.

The DC power cables provided with the device are intended to be used only for in-rack wiring, must be routed away from sharp edges, and must be adequately fixed to prevent excessive strain on the wires and terminals.

Installing the Device on a Flat Surface

The FortiGate unit can be placed on any flat surface with the provided rubber feet.

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage your Fortinet equipment.
Do not place heavy objects on the unit.
  1. Ensure that the surface onto which the FortiGate unit to be installed is clean, level, and stable and that there is at least 1.5in (3.8cm) of clearance on all sides to allow for adequate airflow.
  2. Attach the provided rubber feet to the bottom of the FortiGate unit.
  3. Place the unit in the designated location.
  4. Verify that the spacing around the FortiGate unit conforms to requirements and that the unit is level.
  5. Plug the provided power cables into the rear of the unit, and then into grounded electrical outlets or separate power sources such as uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) or power distribution units (PDU).
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