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Scripts to order a Fortigate from Softlayer and lock it down

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Installation Preconditions

You must have a SoftLayer account; if you were not provided with one, or you cannot use the provided credentials to authenticate at, please contact a support person in your group.


The SL Fortigate tool is a Python module installable from the public PyPI repository, If you have a system with an installed, configured copy of the SoftLayer library (, you can install the slfortigate package with this command:

pip install slfortigate

You can access usage information by invoking the command with the help argument, e.g.:

slfortigate –help

(Note that recent versions of the HTTP client used by the SoftLayer tool may complain about out-of-date SSL native libraries. For more information about this issue, consult

If you do not have a suitable Linux system or SoftLayer installed and configured, follow the below instructions to provision a system in SoftLayer and configure it.

Setting up a Linux system in SoftLayer

Use your SoftLayer credentials to provision a Virtual Server (VS) with the SoftLayer control panel at Please provision a CentOS 7 64bit system. Once provisioned, use SSH to connect to the system and issue the following commands:

yum install -y epel-release && yum install -y python-pip python-devel gcc openssl-devel libffi-devel && pip install –upgrade pip && pip install slfortigate

Configure the SoftLayer tool

To configure the SoftLayer command line tool, execute:

slcli config setup

If you need to obtain a SoftLayer API key to complete the CLI configuration procedure, consult

Once your SoftLayer account is configured you may use the slfortigate tool. To access usage information, invoke slfortigate with the help argument, e.g.:

slfortigate –help

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