Fortigate – Ping and Traceroute options

Within the Fortigate firewall you can modify many ping and traceroute options to suite what needs you might have. For example, if you need to modify the source IP address for a ping or trace you have that option and many more. Both ping and traceroute are crucial network troubleshooting  tools. Many times I need to ping through a VPN tunnel  using my internal interface, which is in the encryption domain to make sure the tunnel is up and working. or make sure the source of my ping or traceroute are on a local subnet to rule out routing/gateway issues.

The list below shows the table of ping options available:

Fortigate-Firewal # exe ping-options
adaptive-ping Adaptive ping <enable|disable>.
data-size Integer value to specify datagram size in bytes.
df-bit Set DF bit in IP header <yes | no>.
interface Auto | <outgoing interface>.
interval Integer value to specify seconds between two pings.
pattern Hex format of pattern, e.g. 00ffaabb.
repeat-count Integer value to specify how many times to repeat PING.
reset Reset settings.
source Auto | <source interface IP>.
timeout Integer value to specify timeout in seconds.
tos IP type-of-service option.
ttl Integer value to specify time-to-live.
validate-reply Validate reply data <yes | no>.
view-settings View the current settings for PING option.

So to highlight a few of these options – Lets modify the source address we are pinging from, increase the amount of pings and then show the settings to confirm all is set.

Fortigate-Firewall# exe ping-options source
Fortigate-Firewall# exe ping-options repeat-count 1000
Fortigate-Firewall# exe ping-options view-settings

Ping Options:
Repeat Count: 1000
Data Size: 56
Timeout: 2
Interface: auto
Interval: 1
TTL: 64
TOS: 0
DF bit: unset
Source Address:
Pattern Size in Bytes: 0
Validate Reply: no
Adaptive Ping: disable

I removed the default settings it spits out for brevity. That’s it though, we now have changed the source and the repeat count. Lots of other cool settings like ToS and size available.

Now on for Traceroute – You have less options, but the main two that I use – modifying the source IP or interface and setting the amount of hops it will go.

Fortigate-Firewall # exe traceroute-options
device Auto | <ifname>.
queries Integer value to specify number of queries per hop.
source Auto | <source interface IP>.
view-settings View the current options of traceroute.

Lets set the source for the traceroute to and then check the settings.

Fortigate-Firewall# exe traceroute-options source

Fortigate-Firewall# exe traceroute-options view-settings
Traceroute Options:
Number of probes per hop: 3
Source Address:
Device: auto

Thats it! now we are modifying our source IP for both ping and Traceroute.


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