If you’re like me you would rather be running your Virtual Machines using an open source Hypervisor, my favourite is Proxmox. The Fortigate VM (KVM Version) runs very well in Proxmox which I prefer running over VMware Esx.
This guide assumes you already have your Proxmox server up and running are comfortable using Linux terminal.
First you’ll need to download the Fortigate VM KVM image from the Foritnet support site, the VM image will be called fortios.qcow2. VM images in Proxmox by default are stored under /var/lib/vz/images/<vmid>, the <vmid> directory needs to be created, in this case I picked 120:
next copy the VM image to the new directory in Proxmox, I use scp:
#scp fortios.qcow2 firstname.lastname@example.org:/var/lib/vz/images/120/
Next we need to create the <vmid>.conf file under /etc/pve/qemu-server/<vmid>.conf, in my case 120.conf
args: -uuid 12345678-abcd-bbbb-cccc-225535555413 bootdisk: virtio0 cores: 2 memory: 1024 name: Fortigate-VM net0: virtio=52:54:00:0D:D9:1D,bridge=vmbr0 net1: virtio=52:54:00:CC:15:6D,bridge=vmbr1 net2: virtio=52:54:00:4E:F4:B8,bridge=vmbr1 net3: virtio=52:54:00:90:A4:5D,bridge=vmbr1 net4: virtio=52:54:00:90:A4:5A,bridge=vmbr1 net5: virtio=52:54:00:90:A4:5B,bridge=vmbr1 ostype: l24 serial0: /dev/ttyS0 sockets: 1 vga: std virtio0: local:120/fortios.qcow2
The Fortigate VM is now ready to boot in Proxmox