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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.

Has anyone a clue?


Best regards


New Contributor

My solution was with the FortiClient application as desribed in the forum, but the network administrator gave me the permissions to be able to connect through the application, considering some permissions within the Fortinet control panel.

The detail is that the application contains some settings that you must agree with the settings established by your network administrator.



The configuration that worked for me was the one in the image
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I hope I can help you


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Hi guys, I had the same problem in the past and tried some configurations to resolve this problem. I hope this step-by-step is helpful for many people.

Now I will describe how are my credentials accessed.
My organization pass me the following credentials to connect.

Gateway Remoto:
Custom port: 500
Client Certificate: none

In the following steps, I will describe how you can set your VPN Windows 11 to run in Parallels with MacOS ARM.


 Step 1

Access the Microsoft Store search for the term “Forticlient” and install the application as shown in the image below.


Baixar VPN Microsoft Store.png


 Step 2

After completing the installation, look for the VPN application in Applications > Installed applications, and make sure the application has been installed as shown in the image below.


Pesquisar Aplicativo na Loja de Aplicativos.png


 Step 3

In the Windows search bar, search for the term “VPN Settings” and click on the option as shown in the image below.


VPN Settings.png


 Step 4
Add a new VPN as per the steps below.


Adicionar nova VPN.png


Configurar VPN.png


In the VPN Provider field, select the FortiClient option.
In the Connection name field, enter the desired name for this VPN connection.
In the Server name or address field, enter the address of the Remote gateway.

After entering the three fields above, click the save button.


 Step 5
Your VPN has been created, now click the connect button and enter the username and password provided by your organization.


Informar usuário e senha.png


After entering the access credentials, click the OK button, if all the information is correct, you will be able to see a padlock in the network options in the Windows menu, as shown below.


VPN Conecatda.png


With this step by step, I hope it is useful for those who are experiencing the same problem.




New Contributor II

not working if you have two step autentication (like DUO for example)..

New Contributor II

any updates about this issue? more than 3y from the first post.


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