FortiClient offers two licensing modes: Standalone mode and Managed mode. The standalone mode is free, and the managed mode is licensed. In managed mode, FortiClient is used with FortiGate, FortiClient Enterprise Management Server (EMS), or both FortiGate and EMS.
The following table provides a feature comparison between standalone FortiClient (free version) and managed FortiClient (licensed version).
|Standalone FortiClient (Free)||Managed FortiClient (Licensed)|
|Network Access Compliance
In standalone mode, FortiClient is not connected to a FortiGate or EMS. In this mode, FortiClient is free both for private individuals and commercial businesses to use; no license is required. See Standalone FortiClient.
|Support for FortiClient in standalone mode is provided on the Fortinet Forums (forum.fortinet.com). Phone support is not provided.|
Companies with large installations of FortiClient usually need a means to manage their endpoints. EMS can be used to provision and centrally manage FortiClient endpoints, and FortiGate can be used with FortiClient endpoints for network security. Each FortiClient endpoint can register to a FortiGate or an EMS. In this mode, FortiClient licensing is applied to the FortiGate or EMS. No separate license is required on FortiClient itself. See Managed FortiClient.
|FortiClient supports endpoint compliance only when FortiClient Telemetry is connected to FortiGate.|
If FortiClient (full version or VPN only) is running in standalone mode and not connected to a FortiGate or EMS, a single banner at the bottom of the FortiClient console is displayed. When FortiClient is running in managed mode and connected to a FortiGate or EMS, the banner is hidden by default. Similarly, when you create a FortiClient installer by using FortiClient Configurator (Windows) or Repackager (OS X), no banner is displayed by default.
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