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Administration Guide

SSL VPN web mode

A user must have valid username and password credentials to log in to an SSL VPN web portal in addition to other multi-factor authentication components that may be configured, such as FortiTokens.

Web-only mode provides clientless network access using a web browser with built-in SSL encryption. Use this mode if you require:

  • A clientless solution where all remote services are accessed through a web portal
  • Tight control over the contents of the web portal
  • Limited services provided to the remote users

After logging in, the web portal page appears:

A web portal includes the following features:

  • The session information is displayed in the left corner of the top banner. This includes the elapsed time since logging in, and the volume of inbound and outbound HTTP and HTTPS traffic.
  • The Launch FortiClient button appears if FortiClient is installed. Clicking the button opens the FortiClient Remote Access tab, but FortiClient does not automatically create a VPN connection based on the web mode connection information.
  • The Download FortiClient button provides access to download the FortiClient application for various operating systems.
  • The Bookmarks widget includes links to network resources (administrator-defined bookmarks), and users can create their own bookmarks.
  • The Quick Connection button enables a connection to network resources without using or creating a bookmark.

The following topics provide information about SSL VPN web mode:

A user must have valid username and password credentials to log in to an SSL VPN web portal in addition to other multi-factor authentication components that may be configured, such as FortiTokens.

Web-only mode provides clientless network access using a web browser with built-in SSL encryption. Use this mode if you require:

  • A clientless solution where all remote services are accessed through a web portal
  • Tight control over the contents of the web portal
  • Limited services provided to the remote users

After logging in, the web portal page appears:

A web portal includes the following features:

  • The session information is displayed in the left corner of the top banner. This includes the elapsed time since logging in, and the volume of inbound and outbound HTTP and HTTPS traffic.
  • The Launch FortiClient button appears if FortiClient is installed. Clicking the button opens the FortiClient Remote Access tab, but FortiClient does not automatically create a VPN connection based on the web mode connection information.
  • The Download FortiClient button provides access to download the FortiClient application for various operating systems.
  • The Bookmarks widget includes links to network resources (administrator-defined bookmarks), and users can create their own bookmarks.
  • The Quick Connection button enables a connection to network resources without using or creating a bookmark.

The following topics provide information about SSL VPN web mode: