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2019/03/18 17:36:21 (permalink)
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FortiGate, MDF, FortiLink, and 35 FortiSwitches

Anyone out there running a large FGT, like 600E, in the Fortinet "Enterprise/Office Closet" topology with FSW 1000+ at the distribution layer (MDF), and 35 FSW's broken up between multiple IDF's and data center top-of-rack switches, all using Fortilink?  Trying to understand how practical is would be manage that number of switches entirely through FortiGate interface.
 
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Re: FortiGate, MDF, FortiLink, and 35 FortiSwitches 2019/03/20 08:14:14 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby bmduncan34 2019/03/20 09:25:52
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use FG-501E build FSW-1024D in FortiLink
and 12* FSW-424D + 34* FSW-224E in ISL (inter-switch links)
and 134 * FAP
 
connect about 2000-3000 device
 
now they work all fine.
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Re: FortiGate, MDF, FortiLink, and 35 FortiSwitches 2019/07/10 08:55:51 (permalink)
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Two 1500D's in HA A/P
Two 1048D's as distributions using MC-LAG, Fortilink split interface disabled
Forty 448D-POE
One 424D
 
All using Fortilink with loops
 
Switch topology take about 20-30 seconds to draw but other than that I have been happy with it.
 
Fortigates and FortiSwitches all on 6.2 
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Re: FortiGate, MDF, FortiLink, and 35 FortiSwitches 2019/07/11 05:04:51 (permalink)
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Awesome Brian.  Thank you!  We took the leap and got a pair of 601E's, a pair of 1048E dist switches, and 31 448D-FPOE switches to build seven rings.  Can I ask you what made you go to 6.2.0 on your gates so soon?  I know Fortinet made some Fortilink improvements in 6.2 but didn't you feel it was a bit early to jump on that version?  Just curious.  I put 6.2.1 on my 1048's but I'm keeping my 601's on 6.0.5 for now.
 
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Re: FortiGate, MDF, FortiLink, and 35 FortiSwitches 2019/07/12 05:58:47 (permalink)
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This was a new build for us. We moved two office locations into a single new building at the end of June. I was a little bit nervous running with 6.2 out of the gate but decided to go for it. We had a couple of weeks to let our design and gear burn in. On the weekend of our move I opened a support ticket in case anything reared its head when I had 800 employees hit the network. Needless to say, the only issue I have encountered is the WAD process causing memory creep. As a work around, I have created an automation stitch to restart the WAD service every day at 3:00 am. This is supposedly fixed in 6.2.1. Other than that I have had no issues at all and am very happy with the performance of everything. This is the largest FortiLink deployment that I have done. Just brought up my remaining switches this week. 44 all together. Two 1048D, 41 x 448D-POE and a 424D. The management of everything is very easy with this setup and the visibility of the network is great.
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Re: FortiGate, MDF, FortiLink, and 35 FortiSwitches 2019/07/15 11:31:10 (permalink)
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Awesome.  Thanks very much for your input!
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