The VPN software allows you not only to connect to CESGA in a secure way but also to access internal resources that you can not reach otherwise.

Installing the Forticlient VPN software

First, download the VPN software from the Official Forticlient download page or from the Forticlient CESGA Repository.

Then depending on your Operating System the steps will be different:

In all cases, enter the following configuration options:

  • Gateway:
  • Port: 443
  • Username: your email address registered at CESGA
  • Password: your password in the supercomputers</code></pre>

Remember to start the VPN before connecting to

VPN Installation in old Linux versions

If your Linux distribution is not supported in the Official Forticlient download page use the Forticlient CESGA Repository that maintains old versions of the software.

Follow the next steps to do the installation:

unrar e vpn-fortissl.rar
tar xvzf forticlientsslvpn_linux_4.4.2323.tar.gz
cd forticlientsslvpn

Accept the license agreement presented.

After the installation you can start the VPN from the command line:

../forticlientsslvpn_cli --server --vpnuser

Alternative Open Source Linux Client OpenfortiVPN

For Linux there is also an alternative open-source client called OpenFortiVPN that you can use instead of the official fortivpn client. Some Linux distibutions like Ubuntu, Debian, OpenSuse or Arch Linux provide OpenFortiVPN packages.

It has also a QT GUI that you can use OpenFortiGUI, and even better it can integrate natively with NetworkManager in GNOME using NetworkManager-fortisslvpn.

If you are using Ubuntu 18.04 or newer you can install it using:

apt install network-manager-fortisslvpn

The package is in the universe repo, which is usually enabled by default.

If you are using Centos 7, it is available in the EPEL repo. Once this repo is enabled you can install it using:

yum install openfortivpn

Check the project github page for details OpenFortiVPN.