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Administration Guide

Standalone VPN client

Windows and macOS

There is a VPN-only installer for Windows and macOS. You can also create a VPN-only installer using FortiClient EMS.

For FortiGate administrators, a free version of FortiClient VPN is available which supports basic IPsec and SSL VPN and does not require registration with EMS. This version does not include central management, technical support, or some advanced features.

Full-featured FortiClient 6.2.1 requires registration to EMS. Each endpoint registered with EMS requires a license seat on EMS.

The FortiClient VPN installer differs from the installer for full-featured FortiClient. You can only download the free VPN client from FNDN or FortiClient.com.

When the free VPN client is run for the first time, it displays a disclaimer. You cannot configure or create a VPN connection until you accept the disclaimer:

Only the VPN feature is available. You can access the Settings, About, and Notifications pages from a toolbar.

Configuring settings for a new VPN connection on the free VPN client resembles doing the same on a full FortiClient installation:

You can establish a VPN connection from the homepage:

Linux

An SSL VPN tunnel client standalone installer for Linux operating systems is available from FNDN. See the FortiOS Release Notes.

Standalone VPN client

Windows and macOS

There is a VPN-only installer for Windows and macOS. You can also create a VPN-only installer using FortiClient EMS.

For FortiGate administrators, a free version of FortiClient VPN is available which supports basic IPsec and SSL VPN and does not require registration with EMS. This version does not include central management, technical support, or some advanced features.

Full-featured FortiClient 6.2.1 requires registration to EMS. Each endpoint registered with EMS requires a license seat on EMS.

The FortiClient VPN installer differs from the installer for full-featured FortiClient. You can only download the free VPN client from FNDN or FortiClient.com.

When the free VPN client is run for the first time, it displays a disclaimer. You cannot configure or create a VPN connection until you accept the disclaimer:

Only the VPN feature is available. You can access the Settings, About, and Notifications pages from a toolbar.

Configuring settings for a new VPN connection on the free VPN client resembles doing the same on a full FortiClient installation:

You can establish a VPN connection from the homepage:

Linux

An SSL VPN tunnel client standalone installer for Linux operating systems is available from FNDN. See the FortiOS Release Notes.