FortiGate 3960E and 3980E Installation Guide

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The FortiGate  3960E and 3980E units can be mounted on a flat surface, or in any standard 19 inch rack unit with the provided mounting hardware.

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.

Each power cable should be connected to a different power source. In this way, if one power source fails, the others may still be operational and the unit will not lose power.

At least two power supplies must be providing power for device operation.

Four Post Rack Mount Installation

  1. Attach the rack-mount rails to the rack using using eight rack-mount screws. Their length can be adjusted as necessary.
  2. Set the unit onto the rails, then slide it back into the rack.
  3. Ensure there is enough room around the unit to allow for sufficient air flow, then secure the device to the rack with rack-mount screws.
  4. If possible, use the provided panhead screws to secure the device to the rails for added security.
  5. Plug the supplied cables into the rear power supplies and affix them with the power cable straps, then plug them into separate, surge protected power supplies.

Two Post Rack-Mount Installation

  1. Remove the mounting brackets from the sides of the device, and remove the handles from the mounting brackets.
  2. Attach the mounting brackets to the sides of the device.
  3. Attach the mid-mount trays to the rack using four rack-mount screws.
  4. Set the unit onto the trays, then slide it back into the rack.
  5. Ensure there is enough room around the unit to allow for sufficient air flow, then secure the device to the rack with rack-mount screws.
  6. Plug the supplied cables into the rear power supplies and affix them with the power cable straps, then plug them into separate, surge protected power supplies.

Surface Mount Installation

  1. Ensure that the surface onto which the FortiGate unit is 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 six 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 supplied cables into the rear power supplies and affix them with the power cable straps, then plug them into separate, surge protected power supplies.
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