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The steps for connecting to the SSL VPN are different depending on whether you use a web browser or FortiClient.

Web browsers

  1. Use a supported Internet browser to connect to the SSL VPN web portal using the remote gateway configured in the SSL VPN settings (in this example, https://172.25.176.62:10443).
  2. Log in to the SSL VPN.

  3. After authenticating, you can access the SSL-VPN Portal. From this portal, you can launch or download FortiClient, access Bookmarks, or connect to other resources using the Quick Connection tool.

    In this example, select the bookmark to connect to the AdminPC.

  4. To connect to the Internet, select Quick Connection, select HTTP/HTTPS, then enter the URL and select Launch.

    The website loads.

  5. To view the list of users currently connected to the SSL VPN, go to Monitor > SSL-VPN Monitor.

    The user is connected to the VPN.

  6. If a remote device fails the OS or host check, a warning message appears after authentication instead of the portal.

FortiClient

  1. If you have not already done so, download FortiClient from www.forticlient.com.
  2. Open the FortiClient console and go to Remote Access. Add a new connection.

    Set VPN to SSL VPN.

    Set Remote Gateway to the IP of the listening FortiGate interface (in this example, 172.25.176.62).

    Select Customize Port and set it to 10443.

    Select Save.

  3. Log in to the SSL VPN.

    You can connect to the VPN tunnel.

  4. To view the list of users currently connected to the SSL VPN, go to Monitor > SSL-VPN Monitor. The user is connected to the VPN.

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The steps for connecting to the SSL VPN are different depending on whether you use a web browser or FortiClient.

Web browsers

  1. Use a supported Internet browser to connect to the SSL VPN web portal using the remote gateway configured in the SSL VPN settings (in this example, https://172.25.176.62:10443).
  2. Log in to the SSL VPN.

  3. After authenticating, you can access the SSL-VPN Portal. From this portal, you can launch or download FortiClient, access Bookmarks, or connect to other resources using the Quick Connection tool.

    In this example, select the bookmark to connect to the AdminPC.

  4. To connect to the Internet, select Quick Connection, select HTTP/HTTPS, then enter the URL and select Launch.

    The website loads.

  5. To view the list of users currently connected to the SSL VPN, go to Monitor > SSL-VPN Monitor.

    The user is connected to the VPN.

  6. If a remote device fails the OS or host check, a warning message appears after authentication instead of the portal.

FortiClient

  1. If you have not already done so, download FortiClient from www.forticlient.com.
  2. Open the FortiClient console and go to Remote Access. Add a new connection.

    Set VPN to SSL VPN.

    Set Remote Gateway to the IP of the listening FortiGate interface (in this example, 172.25.176.62).

    Select Customize Port and set it to 10443.

    Select Save.

  3. Log in to the SSL VPN.

    You can connect to the VPN tunnel.

  4. To view the list of users currently connected to the SSL VPN, go to Monitor > SSL-VPN Monitor. The user is connected to the VPN.