FortiClient SSL VPN Client User`s Guide

FortiClient SSL VPN Client User`s Guide
FortiClient SSL VPN Client User’s Guide
To connect to Model Driven Solutions via a SSL VPN Client session you first need a VPN login
account that has been granted the proper SSL VPN group permissions and associated password.
To obtain a VPN account or to reset your password, please contact your systems administrator.
You can establish a SSL VPN tunnel connection to MDS by either using the web browser plugin or by installing the stand alone client application both of which currently support: “Microsoft
Windows 2000/XP/2003 or Vista (32 or 64-bit), MacOS X v10.3.9, v10.4 “Tiger”, v10.5 “Leopard”,
or Linux Distributions RedHat/Fedora,Ubuntu/Debian, or Suse.” Currently supported browsers
include: “Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 (or later), Netscape Navigator 7.0 (or later), Mozilla
Foundation/Firefox 1.5 (or later), or Apple Safari 1.3 (or later).” As of the time of this writing I have
only had success using the browser plug-in though Windows using IE 6 or IE 7 and had no Mac
platform available for testing. Hopefully, future Fortinet firmware updates will resolve these
issues. To install either the browser plug-in or stand alone SSL VPN Client you must have
administrator/root privileges on the client computer.
Installation of the FortiClient SSL VPN browser plug-in client
1. Open a web browser session and connect to the following URL: , please note that the current SSL cert is self
signed, accept it to continue.
2. You will be presented with the following form, login to proceed.
3. After login you will see the initial web portal page, click on the ‘Activate SSL-VPN Tunnel
Mode’ link to begin installing the software.
4. The software includes both an activeX control and the Fortinet client, accept installation
of the activeX control first.
5. After the installation of the activeX control completes click on the ‘Activate SSL-VPN
Tunnel Mode’ link again to install the fortinet client configuration.
6. After the installation of the fortinet client completes the SSL VPN tunnel should connect
automatically. If not you may need to re-establish your login to the web portal and click on
the ‘Activate SSL-VPN Tunnel Mode’ link again. Please use the button located at the
top right of the web portal form to log out of a SSL session.
7. Now that the required software is installed you can access the MDS internal network by
connecting to the SSL VPN web portal using your browser and clicking on the ‘Activate
SSL-VPN Tunnel Mode’ link, .
Installing the stand alone FortiClient SSL VPN Client for Microsoft Windows
1. Click on the following links to run or download the FortiClient SSL VPN installable
appropriate for your Windows 32/64 bit operating system: ‘*.msi’ or ‘*.exe’. Use the ‘*.exe’
version if your OS doesn’t have support for the “Microsoft/Windows Installer”, either will
work on most systems.
2. After starting the installation process you will first see the welcome screen, click on ‘Next
>’ to continue.
3. Next you will be presented with the FortiClient license agreement, you must accept the
license terms to install the client, click on ‘Next >’ to proceed.
4. The following form requests a user and organization name for the license registration.
Please select the ‘Only for me ( )’ option button on shared computers, click ‘Next >’ to
5. On the installation ‘Setup Type’ form select ‘Complete’ and click on ‘Next >’.
6. Click on the ‘Install’ button to begin the installation.
7. When the installation setup completes click on the ‘Finish’ button.
8. Finally, it is requested that the system be restarted to complete the installation.
9. By default a program link is created in ‘Start->All Programs->Fortinet->FortiClient SSL
10. Launching the client application opens the following window. Enter the ‘Server Address:’
as shown, , followed by your login name and
button to display more user options such as the caching of login
11. Click on the
credentials and persistent connections. We are not currently using client certificates so
leave that field blank.
12. After establishing a SSL VPN tunnel the program screen will display the connection
statistics and runtime icons in the system tray.
Installing the stand alone FortiClient SSL VPN Client for Linux
1. Download the Linux archive file by clicking on the link below. Please note that this client
requires the X11 GUI environment and pppd, point to point protocol daemon, to work.
2. Decompress the archive using the X-11 GUI or by issuing the following command:
tar –xzf forticlientsslvpn_linux_4.0.2010.tar.gz
3. Move into the decompressed folder using the X-11 GUI or from the command line: cd
4. Launch the client by executing the forticlientsslvpn binary. The first time the client is run it
launches the configuration script which, prompts for acceptance of the
license agreement. Tap the space bar to scroll though the EULA. Type in ‘Yes’ and
press the Enter key to accept the license terms and launch the SSL VPN client.
5. For the ‘Server:’ field enter : 10443 as shown along with
your user login and password.
6. Clicking the
button displays more client settings such as saving login
credentials and persistent connections. We are not currently using client certificates or a
proxy so leave those options unchecked. Click on the button to close the ‘Advanced
Settings …’ window and return to the client.
7. Clicking on the
button establishes a SSL VPN tunnel and changes the status bar
from ‘Ready’ to ‘Tunnel running’ as well as displaying the connection statistics.
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