FortiMinute Tips: Changing default FortiLink interface settings

Welcome back to the ginger world of engineering, which has been quite a bit Forti-fied since last writing. A good bit of my $dayJob is spent enabling folks to get their FortiStuffs up and running, and it’s way past time to share some of that FortiGoodness here.

Kicking things off with a relatively simple tip, but one that FortiStarters don’t often know, changing the IP/netmask of the Switch Controller FortiLink Interface.

By default, the FortiLink interface comes with a perfectly functional address and hands out DHCP addresses for switches in this scope. Perfectly functional, but non-routable ip addresses.

When you want to ping or monitor your switches individually by IP address with 3rd party tools, this non-routable ip scope becomes a no-go on accomplishing these particular tasks.

So before you start hooking up your FortiSwitches for discovery, go ahead and do your future self a favor and change the IP/Netmask to a routable IP address range, and feel free to adjust the DHCP range of your subnet if you don’t like the auto-filled in default range. Future self will thank you for your kindness*.

While you’re at it, treat yourself to a user friendly alias and a couple of interface members for redundancy. You work hard, you deserve it.

*If you decide you don’t want to trouble present self with this change, it is entirely possible to change this later with a little planning and some downtime. But, unless you and future self just love maintenance windows, why wait?

Published 09-29-2022 (screenshots featured in this post are from version 7.0.6)

Disclaimer: I am an employee of Fortinet at the time of this post, but this isn’t a corporate blog and shouldn’t be viewed as any kind of official Fortinet publication. As always, consult your SE/TAC/official documents before making any kind of changes to your network, I promise TAC will not be impressed with “@amyengineer said it was okay.” 😉

3 thoughts on “FortiMinute Tips: Changing default FortiLink interface settings

    1. LOL! Thanks! Glad to hear from you!! Hope you are well!! It has been WAY too long since last writing. Hoping to get back in the swing of publishing again. 🙂

      1. I look forward to the trials and tribulations of Amy the Engineer. Glad you are doing well Amy. Been too long.

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