FortiGate PPPoE inside a VLAN

Some providers (like which already uses the Swisscom XGS-PON) do encapsulate their PPPoE traffic into a VLAN Tag (802.1Q or Q-Tagged). The reason for this is, that in the majority of the cases the provider is using a layer 2 network (last mile) of another provider, which uses VLAN tagging to differentiate the traffic to different service providers.

The configuration of the FortiGate is not too complicated in those cases. It is even possible to make the whole configuration directly off the WebGUI.

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CheatSheet – FortiOS v6.4

The System Engineers of BOLL Engineering have been supporting Fortigate devices for 18 years. This year, FortiOS v6.4 was released and we have again gathered all the troubleshooting commands that we use regularly in our new CheatSheet.

Hopefully this CheatSheet will help you as well.

You will find the most important commands on the first page. The second page contains troubleshooting commands for problems with firewall policies and security profiles, followed by the third page with commands for network problems. The last page covers system and hardware commands and general information.

Updated to v1.1 (addition and correction for FortiToken, 11.12.2020)

Happy troubleshooting!

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Migrate Fortigate Configurations with FortiConverter

Starting with FortiConverter 6.0, any kind of conversion requires a valid license

Fortinet has published a very nice and helpful tool for converting firewall configs from other vendors into a Fortigate configuration file. Also an old Fortigate config file can be used as the source file.

So if you are going to replace an old Fortigate model with a new one and you want use the old config file (instead of configuring the new Fortigate from the scratch) you can use the FortiConverter as an alternative to the procedure we have described in one of our former blog post «How to transfer a FortiGate configuration file to a new FortiGate unit of a different model».

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Offene Ports an der FortiGate

Die FortiGate ist ein genialer Kommunikationsspezialist in vielfacher Hinsicht. Gleichzeitig ist es aber auch ein Türsteher und Wächter erster Güte. Von Zeit zu Zeit stellt sich nun die Frage, welcher dieser Qualitäten der Vorrang eingeräumt werden soll. Natürlich mögen wir alle die eierlegende Woll-Milch-Sau, auch wenn wir uns oft darüber amüsieren. Jedoch sind in gewissen Situationen Qualitäten gefragt, welche eine eierlegende Woll-Milch-Sau nicht bieten kann. Die FortiGate schon.

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