I wonder if it's for Fortinet really worth the hassle to produce 2 versions of the same PCB *0E/*1E with only difference - not soldered M.2 slot. Also producing 2 versions of FortiOS, so I guess even if you managed to solder the slot, disk will not work with *0E FortiOS and you will not load *1E.
Everything just because they want you to buy disk from them and pay premium price for low cost disk worth 30-55$ (end user price), which will break soon anyway.
And absolutely ridiculously you pay much more for UTM as well just because of disk, but performace *0E/*1E is the same.
Now positive things:
- if you don't need disk, it's much cheaper
- if you buy disk version *1E and disk breaks, perhaps they will send you just new disk and you will not have to RMA whole box (hopefully). Or you can quickly throw away the disk and box will work fine (tested). Or replace by yourself cheaper and faster than RMA shipping.
All of this wasn't possible with C/D series, since you would broke the seal and lose warranty. IMHO another ridiculous thing...you can open Cisco and replace what you need, no warranty void seal.
it was 'removed' in 5.2 on the small units but you could still use it using <IP>/p/firewall/sniffer then it seems to have been completely removed or 'locked' in 5.4 .....unless someone has found a way to get it to work?
it's not even available in the 400D using 5.4.....
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