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Table of Contents

Administration Guide

How FortiManager fits into endpoint compliance

The FortiClient settings available in FortiManager are intended to complement FortiClient support that is available with FortiClient EMS and FortiGate. Each product performs specific functions:

  • FortiClient EMS is used to deploy FortiClient (Windows) endpoints and FortiClient profiles, and the endpoints can connect FortiClient Telemetry to FortiGate or to FortiClient EMS. You can import FortiClient profiles from FortiGate devices to FortiClient EMS, and use FortiClient EMS to deploy the profiles. Alternately, you can use FortiClient EMS to create and deploy profiles. When FortiClient endpoints connect FortiClient Telemetry to EMS, you can use FortiClient EMS to monitor FortiClient endpoints.
  • FortiManager provides central FortiClient management for FortiGate devices that are managed by FortiManager. In FortiManager, you can create one or more FortiClient profiles that you can assign to multiple FortiGate devices. You can also import FortiClient profiles from one FortiGate device and assign the FortiClient profile to other FortiGate devices. When FortiClient endpoints are registered to managed FortiGate devices, you can use FortiManager to monitor FortiClient endpoints from multiple FortiGate devices.
  • FortiGate provides compliance rules for network access control. FortiGate devices enforce network compliance for connected FortiClient endpoints. FortiGate devices communicate between FortiClient endpoints and FortiManager.

How FortiManager fits into endpoint compliance

The FortiClient settings available in FortiManager are intended to complement FortiClient support that is available with FortiClient EMS and FortiGate. Each product performs specific functions:

  • FortiClient EMS is used to deploy FortiClient (Windows) endpoints and FortiClient profiles, and the endpoints can connect FortiClient Telemetry to FortiGate or to FortiClient EMS. You can import FortiClient profiles from FortiGate devices to FortiClient EMS, and use FortiClient EMS to deploy the profiles. Alternately, you can use FortiClient EMS to create and deploy profiles. When FortiClient endpoints connect FortiClient Telemetry to EMS, you can use FortiClient EMS to monitor FortiClient endpoints.
  • FortiManager provides central FortiClient management for FortiGate devices that are managed by FortiManager. In FortiManager, you can create one or more FortiClient profiles that you can assign to multiple FortiGate devices. You can also import FortiClient profiles from one FortiGate device and assign the FortiClient profile to other FortiGate devices. When FortiClient endpoints are registered to managed FortiGate devices, you can use FortiManager to monitor FortiClient endpoints from multiple FortiGate devices.
  • FortiGate provides compliance rules for network access control. FortiGate devices enforce network compliance for connected FortiClient endpoints. FortiGate devices communicate between FortiClient endpoints and FortiManager.