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Getting Started with FortiGate

Rosato Fabbri, Fabrizio Volpe

This book will take you from complete novice to expert user in simple, progressive steps. It covers all the concepts you need to administer a FortiGate unit with lots of examples and clear explanations.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782178200
Paperback126 pages

About This Book

  • Learn about FortiGate and FortiOS 5 starting from the ground up, with no previous knowledge of Fortinet products
  • Understand and deliver Routing, VLANs, NAT, and high availability solutions using FortiGate units
  • Design and deploy security policies, content filters, and endpoint security using UTM features inside a FortiGate unit

Who This Book Is For

This book is intended for network administrators, security managers, and IT pros. It is a great starting point if you have to administer or configure a FortiGate unit, especially if you have no previous experience. For people that have never managed a FortiGate unit, the book helpfully walks through the basic concepts and common mistakes. If your work requires assessing the security of a corporate network or you need to interact with people managing security on a Fortinet product, then this book will be of great benefit. No prior knowledge of Fortigate is assumed.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: First Steps
Administering a FortiGate
Unboxing the FortiGate and license options
First access to a FortiGate
Static routing
Policy routing
Dynamic routing
Introducing OSPF
Monitoring OSPF routes
Chapter 2: Filters, Policies, and Endpoint Security
Processing a data packet inside a FortiGate
Firewall features
UTM profiles
Traffic shaping
Security policies
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Chapter 3: VPNs and Tunneling
Configuring the SSL VPN portal
FortiGate IPsec VPN
Chapter 4: High Availability
Link aggregation
Virtual MAC addresses
FortiGate Cluster Protocol
FortiGate Session Life Support Protocol
Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol
Full mesh high availability
Introducing virtual domains
VDOMs and virtual clustering
Chapter 5: Troubleshooting
Base system diagnostics
Troubleshooting routing
Troubleshooting security policies and profiles
Troubleshooting virtual domains
Troubleshooting VPN
Troubleshooting High Availability (HA)

What You Will Learn

  • Configure static and dynamic routing in a FortiGate unit
  • Filter spam, viruses, and illegitimate Internet activities using the UTM features of FortiGate
  • Enforce compliance and block threats using IPS and endpoint controls
  • Design tunnels with SSL and IPSEC to extend your network in a secure manner
  • Use high availability solutions including link aggregation, clustering, and virtual domains
  • Identify the main features and uses of the Forticlient software
  • Troubleshoot issues related to the aforementioned features

In Detail

FortiGate from Fortinet is a highly successful family of appliances enabled to manage routing and security on different layers, supporting dynamic protocols, IPSEC and VPN with SSL, application and user control, web contents and mail scanning, endpoint checks, and more, all in a single platform. The heart of the appliance is the FortiOS (FortiOS 5 is the latest release) which is able to unify a friendly web interface with a powerful command line to deliver high performance. FortiGate is able to give users the results they usually achieve at a fraction of the cost of what they would have to invest with other vendors.

This practical, hands-on guide addresses all the tasks required to configure and manage a FortiGate unit in a logical order. The book starts with topics related to VLAN and routing (static and advanced) and then discusses in full the UTM features integrated in the appliance. The text explains SSL VPN and IPSEC VPN with all the required steps you need to deploy the aforementioned solutions. High availability and troubleshooting techniques are also explained in the last two chapters of the book.

This concise, example-oriented book explores all the concepts you need to administer a FortiGate unit. You will begin by covering the basic tools required to administer a FortiGate unit, including NAT, routing, and VLANs. You will then be guided through the concepts of firewalling, UTM inside the appliance, tunnelling using SSL, and IPSEC and dial-up configurations. Next, you will get acquainted with important topics like high availability and Vdoms. Finally, you will end the book with an overview of troubleshooting tools and techniques.


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