FortiClient EMS

The FortiGate Security Fabric root device can link to FortiClient Endpoint Management System (EMS) and FortiClient EMS Cloud (a cloud-based EMS solution) for endpoint connectors and automation. Up to three EMS servers can be added to the Security Fabric, including a FortiClient EMS Cloud server. EMS settings are synchronized between all fabric members.

To enable cloud-based EMS services, the FortiGate must be registered to FortiCloud with an appropriate user account. The following examples presume that the EMS certificate has already been configured.

To add an on-premise FortiClient EMS server to the Security Fabric in the GUI:
  1. On the root FortiGate, go to System > Feature Visibility and enable Endpoint Control.
  2. Go to Security Fabric > Fabric Connectors and double-click the FortiClient EMS card.
  3. For Type, click FortiClient EMS.
  4. Optionally, enable EMS Threat Feed. See Malware threat feed from EMS for more information about using this setting in an AV profile.
  5. Enter a name and IP address or FQDN. When connecting to a multitenancy-enabled EMS, Fabric connectors must use an FQDN to connect to EMS, where the FQDN hostname matches a site name in EMS (including "Default"). The following are examples of FQDNs to provide when configuring the connector to connect to the default site and to a site named SiteA, respectively: default.ems.yourcompany.com, sitea.ems.yourcompany.com. See Multitenancy.
  6. Click OK.

    A window appears to verify the EMS server certificate:

  7. Click Accept.

    The FortiClient EMS Status section displays a Successful connection and an Authorized certificate:

  8. If the device is not authorized, log in to the FortiClient EMS to authorize the FortiGate under Administration > Fabric Devices.
To add a FortiClient EMS Cloud server to the Security Fabric in the GUI:
Note

FortiClient EMS Cloud can only be configured when the FortiGate is registered to FortiCloud and the EMS Cloud entitlement is verified.

If the FortiCloud account does not pass the FortiClient EMS Cloud entitlement check, the option is not selectable in the FortiClient EMS connector settings.

  1. Go to Security Fabric > Fabric Connectors and double-click the FortiClient EMS card.
  2. Set Type to FortiClient EMS Cloud.
  3. Enter a name.
  4. Click OK.

    A window appears to verify the EMS server certificate.

  5. Click Accept.

    The FortiClient EMS Status section displays a Successful connection and an Authorized certificate.

To test connectivity with the EMS server:
  1. Go to Security Fabric > Fabric Connectors and double-click the FortiClient EMS or FortiClient EMS Cloud card.
  2. In the FortiClient EMS Status section under Connection, click Refresh.
To add an on-premise FortiClient EMS server to the Security Fabric in the CLI:
config endpoint-control fctems
    edit <ems_name>
        set server <ip_address>
        set certificate <string>
        set https-port <integer>
        set source-ip <ip_address>
    next
end

The https-port is the EMS HTTPS access port number, and the source-ip is the REST API call source IP address.

To add a FortiClient EMS Cloud server to the Security Fabric in the CLI:
config endpoint-control fctems
    edit <name>
        set fortinetone-cloud-authentication enable
        set certificate <string>
    next
end
To verify the EMS Cloud entitlement in the CLI:
# diagnose test update info 
To verify an EMS certificate in the CLI:
# execute fctems verify ems137

        Subject:     C = CA, ST = bc, L = burnaby, O = devqa, OU = top3, CN = sys169.qa.fortinet.cm, emailAddress = xxxx@xxxxxxxx.xxx
        Issuer:      CN = 155-sub1.fortinet.com
        Valid from:  2017-12-05 00:37:57  GMT
        Valid to:    2027-12-02 18:08:13  GMT
        Fingerprint: D3:7A:1B:84:CC:B7:5C:F0:A5:73:3D:BB:ED:21:F2:E0
        Root CA:     No
        Version:     3
        Serial Num:
                01:86:a2
        Extensions:
                Name:     X509v3 Basic Constraints
                Critical: yes
                Content:
                CA:FALSE

                Name:     X509v3 Subject Key Identifier
                Critical: no
                Content:
                35:B0:E2:62:AF:9A:7A:E6:A6:8E:AD:CB:A4:CF:4D:7A:DE:27:39:A4

                Name:     X509v3 Authority Key Identifier
                Critical: no
                Content:
                keyid:66:54:0F:78:78:91:F2:E4:08:BB:80:2C:F6:BC:01:8E:3F:47:43:B1
DirName:/C=CA/ST=bc/L=burnaby/O=devqa/OU=top3/CN=fac155.fortinet.com/emailAddress=xyguo@fortinet.com
serial:01:86:A4

                Name:     X509v3 Subject Alternative Name
                Critical: no
                Content:
                DNS:sys169.qa.fortinet.cm

                Name:     X509v3 Key Usage
                Critical: no
                Content:
                Digital Signature, Non Repudiation, Key Encipherment, Data Encipherment, Key Agreement, Certificate Sign, CRL Sign, Encipher Only, Decipher Only

                Name:     X509v3 Extended Key Usage
                Critical: no
                Content:
                TLS Web Server Authentication, TLS Web Client Authentication

EMS configuration needs user to confirm server certificate.
Do you wish to add the above certificate to trusted remote certificates? (y/n)y

Troubleshooting

Certificate not trusted

When configuring a new connection to an EMS server, the certificate might not be trusted.

When you click Authorize, a warning displays: The server certificate cannot be authenticated with installed CA certificates. Please install its CA certificates on this FortiGate.

In the CLI, an error message displays when you try to verify the certificate:

# execute fctems verify Win2K16-EMS
certificate not configured/verified: 2
Could not verify server certificate based on current certificate authorities.
Error 1--