|Description||This article describes the functions of port groups in high end platforms.|
|Scope||FortiOS 6.4, 7.0 and 7.2 GA releases.|
In top end FortiGates for example 2600F, 3400E, 3600E the majority of the physical interfaces are participating in port groups.
Port group can be easily noticed, over the physical interface itself under the GUI's Network -> Interfaces section:
The above example is from a FortiGate-3600E and it is easily possible to observe that port3 up to port6 belongs to the same group.
A group consists of 4 ports and the settings like interface speed, media type and Forward Error Correction [FEC] need to be the same within the group.
When the user changes one of these settings, FortiOS generates a warning message and changes the setting in order to be identical in the other 3 port group members as well.
For example, speed settings was changed only in port33:
# config system interface
Then, all the other ports three ports in the same group were automatically configured with the same setting:
# show system interface
It will not be possible to remove or split the ports separately from the port group members as it comes by design.
A port group will have the same speed across all its interfaces, due to hardware limitations.
If one interface is not part of an aggregate, It is allowed to change its speed, as long as it's possible to change the speed of all other interfaces of the port group.
As explained, FortiOS does not allow to change in the speed of an interface that is a member of an aggregate, so if other ports of the same port group are members of an aggregate, it will not be possible to change the speed of a physical interface that is not part of an aggregate.