Sorry for the title but let me explain..
So a customer of ours have a broken fortigate 50E that will need to be replaced, they have done an RMA and will soon receive a new 50E (they have a plan to upgrade to a 61F soon as well).
Anyway, I was wondering if there is an easy way to do a backup and just upload the configuration to the new firewall? Usually, what I do in these kind of situations, I just do a backup of the old one, take that backup file and then upload to the script option in the new firewall.
But is there a better way to do this, a more simpler, efficient and secure way to do this task? One of the risks I'm thinking of (and please correct me if I'm wrong) is a syntax change between different models, especially when I need to replace the old 50E to the new 61F in the future. Not sure if there is a syntax change between models, more likely it would be between versions I would say, but not sure. It would suck to upload a config via the script options and then get many errors etc.
When replacing firewalls, is there a efficient, simpler and more secure way to do a backup and then upload it to the new firewall?
When for example doing a backup of an old fortigate, for example, let say when I will be replacing a 50E to a 61F later on, and let say that the the 50E is on version 6.4.11: before uploading the backup config of the 50E to 61F, I make the 61F to be on version 6.4.11, then uploading the backup config of 50E to 61F and then upgrading the 61F to for example 7.0.9 etc. Is that a good way to go?
Appreciate all help!