As we have already mentioned, Pplware is testing the FortiGate 61F and in one of the last articles we teach you how to perform some first configurations on the Fortinet appliance.
Today we are going to teach you how to configure SSH access to the equipment.
SSH (Secure Shell), also known as Secure Socket Shell, is a protocol/application that allows you to securely access other equipment remotely, through a PC or other device. To authenticate ourselves on the target device we normally use a username/password, but we can also have an "SSH key".
How to configure SSH access to FortiGate?
If you want to manage the appliance via the Web interface via the WAN interface, you must enable HTTP/HTTPS in Administrative access located on the interface. The same applies for SSH and other communication protocols. In our case, we are managing the appliance via the WAN 1 interface.
With a double click on the interface, a new interface will open where we must activate SSH. Then just record and you're done.
How to access the appliance via SSH?
Those who do systems administration (and not only) have certainly used the popular Putty app! With this tool, available for Windows, it is possible to remotely access devices that support protocols such as telnet or SSH. It also allows access via console (Serial) to devices with switches, routers, etc.
In the case of Linux or macOS, we can use the native ssh client.
Within the FortiGate console there are several commands that we can use. For example, the show command full-configuration allows you to see the entire configuration of the equipment.
If you only want to see the configuration of the interfaces, you can use the command showsystem interface.
There are many other commands for managing this fantastic and powerful device. The FortiGate/FortiWiFi 60F series (including the Fortigate 61F, which has an internal disk) offers an SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network) solution that is very simple to use, very intuitive, and without licensing costs.