Email notification in lower versions (i.e. 6.0.x) of FortiGate firewalls was manageable in an simple menu option: Log & Report > Email Alert Settings:

Though automation stitches in FortiOS were already introduced in the lower versions, it was pushed harder in 6.4.x and up.

The above menu option is no…

Recently I’ve encountered some SNMP issues with some of my Fortigate’s. The first time the issue resolved with a reboot, but when it happend the next time I knew I had to dig further.

My debug list:

  1. I’ve tried to disable and enable back the SNMP agent through the GUI.

When running Docker (Container service) on a Guest Windows machine hosted on VMWare, the guest machine IP address is missing from the Summary tab in the VCenter UI.

Missing guest VM IP

This causes some overhead when you aim to query your inventory or even search for a machine by it’s IP instead of it’s name. I found my self logging in via the console just to verify the guest machine IP.

Based on this article, the solution is simple.

  1. Login to the Windows machine, look for the tools.conf file. Should be found in “C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware Tools\tools.conf”.
  2. If unaccounted, create a blank tools.conf file in the above path with the following:


While security this days is a must, sometimes company legacy mandates differently.

So you company’s security policy is configured to enforce password policy, maximum/minimum age, complexity and alike. For example:

Trying to change it through gpedit.msc fails as all is greyed out due to Group Policy:

Nadav Svirsky

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