The VPN Client has been tested as working on Ubuntu version 20.04.

Download the forticlient.tar.gz file that contains the VPN client.

Extract the contents of the gz file to a sensible location on your machine.

Depending on whether you are using a 32 or 64 bit version of Linux, run the relevant installer.

The 32 and 64 bit installers consist of the same files. 

You may at this point be prompted that you need administrator rights to run the program, as it is the first time you have run it. 

If you do, you must agree to the software licensing conditions, enter the root password for the machine and then click OK.

The FortiClient application requires you to create a profile in order to remember the settings.

Click on settings to access the profile settings.

Click the + button (near the bottom left of the screenshot) to create a new profile

For the connection enter “SLCU”, “Zoology” or “Addenbrookes”.

Server will consist of a different entry depending on your site:

For user/password enter your standard username and password you use to access network workstations.

Click create to finish. Click Done on the next screen.

Click the dropdown box and select the newly created profile.

Click connect to connect to the VPN.

In the event that you get a message about an invalid certificate, you should ignore it. This should only occur on certain firewalls while the VPN service is in its infancy. 

If successful, you should see a screen similar to this, showing you are connected and that bytes are being sent and received.

Press stop when you are finished to terminate the VPN connection.

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