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VPN client licensing (Forticlient)

We have a Fortigate 30E installed about a year and a half ago for VPN access. Is there currently a basic VPN client available that is free? We are not using any of the subscription or management services. However when installing, running, and connecting with the latest Forticlient version 6.x a message comes up that VPN access is only available free for 3 days after which a license must be purchased. (This was not the case with our earlier installations of Forticlient 5.x.)
 
I found a 2014 post here saying a free SSL VPN client is available through the Fortinet FTP site but that appears no longer to be the case, at least ftp.fortinet.com doesn't come up.  Is the free VPN-only client still available? This would primarily be for Windows, but a Mac version would be good to have as well if available.
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    Toshi Esumi
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    Re: VPN client licensing (Forticlient) 2019/08/06 14:04:06 (permalink)
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    FortiClient itself has always been free for download:
    https://www.forticlient.com/downloads
    Currently they offer both 6.2 and 6.0. I never tried 6.2 yet.
    If you don't want anything else but VPN, you just need to choose "Only VPN" when you're asked while installing it.
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    Re: VPN client licensing (Forticlient) 2019/08/07 04:42:38 (permalink)
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    Toshi Esumi is right. For VPN connections there was always a free client. You only need a license if you want this client have more features like antivirus and some more.
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    Re: VPN client licensing (Forticlient) 2019/08/07 07:06:20 (permalink)
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    I thought that was the case, but last weekend I was working on installing the VPN client on a Mac and it kept insisting that it would only work for 3 days without a license. We tried both the full client and VPN-only client. As a workaround we wound up adding a Cisco-style VPN to the Fortigate and using the built-in Mac VPN client.
     
    However yesterday I downloaded and installed the Windows VPN-only client from forticlient.com and did not have any issues. (Just an annoying banner saying to upgrade to the full version.) Not sure what was going on with the Mac.
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    Re: VPN client licensing (Forticlient) 2019/08/14 23:23:40 (permalink)
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    I'm having the same issue.  I installed the VPN-only client, but I'm receiving the following message on the login page:
     
    Please connect to Endpoint Management Server (EMS) for license activation. Unlicensed VPN access is available until Aug 17, 2019 11:40:48 PM
    Anyone have any ideas?
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    Re: VPN client licensing (Forticlient) 2019/08/26 16:55:00 (permalink)
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    Was that with Windows, or a Mac? Maybe it's a problem with the Mac VPN client? As I mentioned the Windows version seems to be working as expected. I don't currently have a Mac available to retry the VPN client on that platform.
     
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    Re: VPN client licensing (Forticlient) 2019/08/27 03:52:36 (permalink)
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    I'm getting the same message on my mac, must be a recent change since I had 6.2 installed, no licence activation needed.
    Uninstalled the 6.2, installed 6.0 ( for some poc I'm doing ).
    Fetched the new client again from forticlient.com and now I'm getting the message :
    Please connect to Endpoint Management Server (EMS) for license activation. Unlicensed VPN access is available until Aug 30, 2019 10:45:32 .
    Guess I'm going back to 6.0.

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    Re: VPN client licensing (Forticlient) 2020/03/24 01:01:20 (permalink)
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    Just wondering, has this somehow been resolved? A lot of my colleagues are getting the same error message, and I am trying to fix this.
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    Re: VPN client licensing (Forticlient) 2020/04/27 05:57:58 (permalink)
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    I get this error too. But I use only the FortiClient only VPN.
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    Re: VPN client licensing (Forticlient) 2020/04/27 06:01:49 (permalink)
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    You have to use the 6.0 version of Forticlient, that's what worked for me at least.
    Follow this link and download Version 6.0 on the lower half of the page: https://forticlient.com/downloads
     
    Hope this helps!
     
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    Re: VPN client licensing (Forticlient) 2020/04/27 07:11:34 (permalink)
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    Thanks for your answer. But the normal FortiClient include also other stuff which I don't want /:
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    Re: VPN client licensing (Forticlient) 2020/04/27 10:23:33 (permalink)
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    When you install the 6.0 client it will ask you what modules you want to install. Just select the VPN module and ignore everything else.
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    Re: VPN client licensing (Forticlient) 2020/04/27 14:33:46 (permalink)
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    You want to look for the SSL-VPN client under downloads - it's sandwiched between the full client -the filename should be along the lines of FortiClientVPNSetup_6.2.6.0951

    FortiClient VPN

    Remote Access

    Y IPSec VPN
    Y SSL VPN
    N Technical Support
     
     
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    Re: VPN client licensing (Forticlient) 2020/04/28 00:35:52 (permalink)
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    Hm FortiClient VPN 6.2 works fine here on several Macs so far. It should not want to connect to EMS. 
    Even the "normal" FortiClient shouldn't. EMS is only needed for customized FortiClient Versions. That is the only time you need a license for FortiClient.
    Maybe you downloaded such a version somewhere? Did you dl from the official site or the support portal?
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    Re: VPN client licensing (Forticlient) 2020/07/14 07:48:53 (permalink)
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    Hi,
    I have FortiGate 501E version V6.2.3 running SSL VPN in that deployed domain restriction, host integrity check and few addition features. user end currently using FortiClient 6.0.x, due to forticlient version vulnerability am going to upgrade the forticlient version.Post up-gradation (version 6.2.2 or higher)  the forticlient few features (domain restriction) are not working. Raised TAC support ticket ,they saying need to buy EMS licence, any one facing this kind of issue. Please suggest.
     
    Note: Please refer below statement.
    http://fortiguard.com/psirt/FG-IR-20-040.
    Threat Summary: FortiClient for Windows Insecure Temporary File vulnerability
    An Insecure Temporary File (CWE-377) vulnerability in FortiClient for Windows may allow a local user to gain elevated privileges via exhausting the pool of temporary file names combined with a symbolic link attack.
    Impact:
    Improper Access Control, Privilege Escalation
    What is Affected:
    FortiClient for Windows 6.2.1 and below
    How to Protect Yourself:
    Upgrade to FortiClient for Windows version 6.2.2 or above
     
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    Re: VPN client licensing (Forticlient) 2020/08/05 05:43:26 (permalink)
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    Which OS do you use?
     
    I had the same problem. Did you modify your Client or import a configuration?
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    Re: VPN client licensing (Forticlient) 2020/08/05 06:45:13 (permalink)
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