FortiClient on Mac ARM with Windows 11 in parallels VM
When will there be an ARM64 Windows 11 version of the FortiClient VPN client be available?
I'm technical consultant working for many customers with many different VPN solutions. I'm using Windows under a Parallels Desktop VM to access those systems on a Macbook pro.
Now I switched to a new Macbook Pro with Apple M1 cpu which has an ARM64 architecture. So I'm now on Windows 11 ARM version. Cisco is the only VPN client (and those on virtual desktops) which is working in this constellation. I tried the 32 and 64 bit versions of the current windows FortiClients, none is working.
I think there has to be a new ARM Windows version with a new tap-module to solve the problem.
Still not working. The install stops about 75% of the way, then rolls back and says the install was stopped "prematurely". The work-around, if that's what you want to call it, is to install the VPN for Mac. Once connected, the Windows VM can connect through the VPN running on the Mac side.
I am using FortiClient v1.0.1041 in a Virtual PC (via Parallels Desktop) on a Mac with M1 processor.
The structure of the M1 processor means that Windows 11 can only be used as an ARM version. In this Windows, the FortiClient can only be loaded from Windows Store.
It must be said that the Virtual PC is considered subordinate in the network (due to technical reasons) and therefore FortiClient cannot be accessed from MacOS in Windows active.
Some applications go more elegantly on Windows (SAP for example) and for some applications it does not matter. Therefore, for such cases I have installed FortClient 7.0.7.0245 for Mac OS. If this is active, both OS (Mac OS and Windows OS) can access the VPN.
The disadvantage of the Mac version is that since version 7 the config is encrypted and therefore you can not set that the password can be saved.
The disadvantage of the Windows ARM version is, it deactivates itself in sleep mode, select params in the advanced settings make sense, and it must be selected whether the VPN is used in private / public networks.
For the Windows ARM version, the traditional client is not available in the console, but the Windows system settings can be used, where you can let off steam.
.App in Windows StoreApp GUI
Add a ConnectionSettings of a ConnectionExt. Settings of a ConnectionEdit of a ConnectionMac Fortinet Console
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